food

Because I love a good culinary challenge, I’ve come up with an easier way to
make granola.
Using quick oats is my secret ingredient. They’re partially cooked, which means
they absorb liquid quickly. Just watch as the flecks of dusty beige oats turn
golden brown while drinking in the sweet flavor of Cinnamon Sugar Butter. The
smell is fantastic.

3 tbsp (45 g) Cinnamon Sugar Butter
1 tbsp (21 g) honey
1 cup (80 g) quick oats (not instant or old fashioned rolled oats)
¼ cup (30 g) chopped walnuts
In a nonstick skillet, melt the cinnamon sugar butter over medium heat. Grab a
large plate or tray and line with parchment paper.

Add the honey to the pan and swirl to coat. Pour in your oats, stirring constantly
until the color changes from beige to golden brown. This will happen quickly,
anywhere from 3-4 minutes. Add the walnuts at the very end to lightly toast.
Spread out the granola, in one single layer, on your lined plate. It will crisp up as
it cools.

CONVENIENT CRUMBLES

Who doesn’t love a good fruit crumble dessert? The topping is the best part! Keep
a stash of these sweet, cinnamon sugar crumbles in the freezer and whip up a
delicious Anytime Berry Crumble in a matter of minutes. This is one of my
favorite shortcuts.

2 cups (250 g) flour
1 cup (220 g) light brown sugar, packed
1 cup (80 g) old fashioned rolled oats
Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl. Mix together by hand until crumbles
start to form (keep mixing until the flour is no longer visible). Squeeze together
for big crumbles or keep them small and sandy.
Transfer to airtight containers or zip-top bags, label and date. Freeze up to 3
months. No need to defrost before using.

 

ANYTIME BERRY CRUMBLE

This is one of the easiest desserts in the world. There’s no cake to frost, filling to
set or finicky dough to roll. And it takes only two minutes to prep. Simply add
frozen berries to a baking dish, sprinkle with sugar and top with Convenient
Crumbles. Bake until hot and bubbly. Just don’t skip out on the ice cream or
crème fraîche.
See the variation at the end of the recipe for a delicious apple crumble. Because
really, when it comes to dessert, less is never more.

1 (16-oz [454-g]) bag of frozen mixed berries
2 tbsp (25 g) sugar
1 tbsp (8 g) cornstarch
2½ cups (325 g) Convenient Crumbles
Vanilla ice cream or crème fraîche, to serve
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly coat a 9 × 13-inch (23 × 33-cm)
baking pan with butter.
To a large bowl, add the frozen berries. Sprinkle with sugar and cornstarch, then
mix together to combine—I do this with my hands. Tip the fruit into your coated
baking pan, and casually sprinkle your crumbles over the top.
Bake for about 30-40 minutes. Your dessert is ready when the top is perfectly
golden and the fruit is hot and bubbly.
Serve warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or crème fraîche for the ultimate
indulgence.