I’ve never been to New York City, but I know that when I do someday, Alice’s Tea Cup will be my first foodie stop. My mom owns about a zillion cookbooks, and one that I always love to browse when I’m home was created by the owners of the NYC area chain of tea shops. It’s aptly named Alice’s Tea Cup and it is full of recipes for fun teatime sweets, breakfast treats, and even good info about the proper way to brew tea. I’ve made a scone recipe from the cookbook that was just so-so [probably because I didn’t make the buttery glaze to go on top], but I wanted to give the cookbook another chance. I am so glad I did, because Alice’s Vanilla Tea-Infused Granola is simply magnificent.This phenomenal granola combines three types of nuts [almonds, pecans, walnuts] plus sesame seeds and coconut, as well as two types of dried fruit to make a nutty-sweet comination that is absolutely essentail in a good granola. It is a bit more museli-like than a traditional chunky granola, but that doesn’t detract from it’s crunch. But the real added bonus to this granola comes from its spices: the usual suspects of cinnamon and nutmeg… and vanilla tea! I’ve never used tea as a spice before, so I was a little unsure what it would be like, but it’s absolutely wonderful. The tea adds some delicate sophistication to the crunchy hippie treat [ha, ha].
Overall, this is a granola recipe that is perfect as is… but could definitely be improvised based on the contents of the cupboard. We enjoyed it served over yogurt or with milk, but as with any other granola recipe… the possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to make it to NYC to try the original version, but for now, I’m glad I can enjoy it at home when the mood strikes.
What’s your favorite granola fixings? Have you ever been to Alice’s Tea Cup in NYC? Wanna take me? :)
Alice’s Vanilla Tea-Infused Granola [from Alice’s Tea Cup]
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- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 2 heaping teaspoons vanilla tea leaves [I used a vanilla-cinnamon tea, and just cut open one tea bag]
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spray a large jelly roll pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except honey and butter. Mix together thoroughly, then stir in honey and butter.
Spread the mixture on prepared baking sheet, and pack down with a spatula. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping at the halfway mark. Remove granola from oven when it is golden brown. It will harden as it cools.
Break granola into chunks and store in an airtight container. Serve with milk or yogurt.
Time: 30 minutes.
Yield: about 7 cups.
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