Monday, June 22, 2009

Breakfast Bars

I absolutely adore Nigella Lawson. She has such a great personality and it shines through when watching her on screen. I love that she is such a "real" person and is not too polite or proper. find myself laughing to myself when she is slinging the food all over the place. To put it simply, she just doesn't take herself too seriously and I really enjoy that. That being said, I had always loved watching her. However, I never really put much thought into making any of her recipes. I received her cookbook, Nigella Express, in the mail and I love it. I bookmarked all kinds of recipes to make in the next few weeks. These breakfast bars were at the top of the list. I've always wanted to make my own granola. When I saw Nigella's version containing condensed milk, I knew I had a winner!! Condensed milk is like liquid just can't go wrong with it. I made these bars from pantry ingredients (changed a few to please my family). They were delicious and kept great in a tin for up to one week. My picky husband and daughter ate them all. This recipe gets the keeper status in our house.

  • 1- 14oz. can condensed milk
  • 2 -1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dried cranberries *I used 1 cup chocolate chips*
  • 1 cup mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame) *I used combo of pecans and walnuts*
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts

Preheat the oven to 250F and oil a 9x13 inch baking pan or a disposible aluminium foil one.

Warm the condensed milk in a large pan.

Meanwhile, mix all the other ingredients together and add the warmed condensed milk using a rubber spatula to fold and distribute.

Spread the mixture into the oiled or foil pan and press down with a spatula or better still, use your hands (wearing those disposible latex CSI gloves to stop you from sticking) to make the surface even.

Bake for 1 hour, remove, and after about 15 minutes, cut into four across and four down to make 16 chunky bars. let cool completely.

Makes 16 and enjoy!! They are even better the next day and the day after (if they last that long).

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