Friday, June 3, 2011

Carious: Honey Cinnamon Toasted Muesli


It has been SO LONG hey. I've had tests, after tests, after tests, after tests and I just couldn't find the time to write up a decent post. Furthermore, my hands haven't been making any good looking food either nor are my hands taking decent photos. Gah!

But but but, its the last day of school for the semester!

*throws confetti in the air in jubilation!*

But but but, my semester exams are in a week's time!

*pathetically picks up the confetti on the floor*

I got 4 theory papers this time and I completed my practical drilling exam a couple of days ago. Hopefully the tutors will be lenient....

Anyway, before I go back to incessant mugging and cramming, I'd just like to share this BEAUTIFUL recipe with you.

Yes. Honey Cinnamon Toasted Muesli. My 4 favorite words every morning. Because it is that awesome. Like That awesome. *raises my stocky hands way above my head*

THAT awesome.

My housemate and I eat muesli every morning for breakfast. Low GI and stuff like that. Blahblah. But we really love the nuts ad dried fruits aspect of muesli, and how it doesn't turn our bowl of milk into semi bubble tea sweetness like other sweetened cereals do. We've been trying every single brand there is on the shelves for muesli for almost a year now and that really makes us the experts in muesli buying. We love our muesli toasted, with nuts and some dried fruits, not overly sweet, with cinnamon, no coconut flakes, and with cinnamon. Yes I said cinnamon twice. So far the brands that we really like are Carmen's, Uncle Toby's and Harvest Mill. But only Carmen's have cinnamon and in only 2 ranges - a pure nuts range and a deluxe range. =\

We bought this box of plain rolled oats for breakfast and it was pretty tasteless. The oats were good but the taste is just... Just........ X_X

The inspiration to turn the oats into muesli came when I was doing my usual thingamajig. I was surfing one of my favorite blogs - Evan's Kitchen Ramblings when I chanced upon the muesli she made. And I was like. Ooooo oats. Oooo cinnamon. OOOOOoo honey. OOOOOO I've got everything in the pantry! And thus I convinced my housemate to embark on this mission.

And man was it good. It was SO good. It was TOO good. We were eating it while stirring, eating it while baking, eating it while baking again, eating it while cooling down, and eating it while storing and packing, and eating it while photographing it, and eating it after we packed, and eating it and eating it and eating it.......

I didn't take the step by step photos cause my hands were busy nicking muesli but it's pretty straightforward as well.

The fragrance this beauty emnated was just so intoxicating. The whole house smelled like honey and cinnamon for a couple of days and frankly, I think some company should bottle this fragrance and sell it. Along with durian fragrance of course but that's a topic for another blog post.

I shan't bother reposting the recipe because I'm lazy it's nicely written on Evan's blog. Essentially its 3 cups of rolled oats (NOT QUICK COOKING ONE) smothered with a mixture of 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon, 1/2 cup of honey, 2 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and roasted at 150 deg for approximately 45 minutes until everything is golden brown and very toasty. We didn't have a lot of nuts so we just threw in whatever we had. Some of our nuts were bordering on burnt but we both thought that gave it a good dimension. The roasted nutty fragrance that is just so good.

Funniest part was that we were even reluctant to share it. It's just THAT good. And my housemate and I were even planning to just buy the raw ingredients and toast our own muesli from now on. No more commercial muesli!

Pressure points and top tips! (from trial and error) =D

1) Do not toast the dried fruits with the nuts and oats mixture. Leave the fruits out and only add them after the muesli has been toasted and cooled down. The dried fruits will burn easily and that does not lend a good flavor to the muesli at all.

2) Make sure all the oats and nuts are coated with the honey mixture. Come on, be fair and give everyone lil piece a fair go.

3) Stir the mixture every 15 minutes while it is toasting so that the muesli browns evenly. My oven tends to burn things that are in contact with the tray so I lowered the temperature and increased the roasting time a little.

I can't wait till the next time we roast our own muesli again... As my housemate puts it "I can't wait to wake up tomorrow morning".

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