Yesterday, I made home made granola cereal, and my daughter was completely thrilled! I haven’t made it in a long time. In fact, it was my older kids I used to make it for. She wasn’t alive then. She learned there was another kind of cold cereal I used to make too, and asked me to make it today because she enjoyed the granola so much. I made it, and I hope she enjoys it as much as she enjoys the granola. This is actually called “grape nuts,” but there are no grapes or nuts in the cereal. Here is what I did:
I began by putting 1 1/2 cups brown sugar and 2 1/2 cups of flour in a large mixing bowl. When I used to make this, I always used whole wheat flour, but whole wheat flour is hard to find in Korea, so I used plain white flour.
Next, I measured out 1/2 cup of butter. I put it in a microwave safe dish and melted it. I added this to the brown sugar and flour.
I added 2 teaspoons of vanilla and 1 teaspoon of maple flavoring. I mixed it all in.
Next, I added 2 1/2 cups of milk, but I didn’t mix it in right away. I added a teaspoon and a half of soda to the milk before I mixed it in.
I mixed it all together with a wire whip. I noticed that the maple flavoring was acting strange. It was liquid when I put it in, but it began to clump together after I added it. I used a wire whip hoping to break it apart, but just made it lots of smaller dots in my batter. I can’t remember it doing this when I used to make it, but I also used whole wheat flour before, so maybe it just blended in when it did that, and I couldn’t see it.
After I baked it, I took it out of the oven and crumbled it up. Since it was hot, I used a butter knife. I tried to make sure I got even to the bottom and mixed it up trying to expose as much as possible. After about 20 minutes in the oven, I took it out and mixed it around to make sure all of it could be roasted. I put it back in for another 20-30 minutes, then I took it out, and it was finished.
I left it to cool. It smells great with the maple flavoring in it! I hope my daughter is just as happy with this as she was withe the granola I made. After it cools, I will store this in a plastic, covered and sealed container.