Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Homemade Christmas Granola

A Simple & Old Fashion Way to Say Merry Christmas
by Kim Cooper

At the Village Baking Co., we are all about fresh and simple. There is no better recipe, I believe, that is more simple and delicious than our homemade granola. During the days of our bakery cafe, every morning Tom & Larry would come in at the exact same time for their bowl of granola. I know they will be so excited to finally have the recipe. Thank you guys for your dedication and encouragement during those early "hours" of our business!

Since we started our business in 2006, Clint and I have left jars of homemade granola on the doorsteps of our neighbors and friends with well wishes for a Merry Christmas. It is now a tradition in our home as our kids gather around our kitchen table to help toss the granola in the jars and out the door for delivery. We are so happy to share the recipe with you. We like to serve the granola in milk or yogurt topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries (it is yummy just plain too). Enjoy!

Village Baking Co. Granola
8 cups old fashion rolled oats
4 cups sliced almonds
4 cups shredded coconut
1 cup honey
1 cup canola oil

toss well. bake at 350 for 45 minutes, turning mixture every 15 minutes until golden brown.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Biscochito- An Ancient Christmas Tradition

Biscochito is a crispy, buttery cookie flavored with anise & cinnamon. This cookie was originally developed by the first Spanish colonist of New Mexico. The state adopted the Biscochito in 1989 as the official State Cookie chosen to maintain traditional homebake cookery. Biscochito is known as a traditional cookie for the Christmas season and is eaten with morning coffee or milk (I love dunking mine in milk!), after lunch in early afternoon or dinner late at night. If you ever visit Sante Fe, you can find a fresh Biscochito paired with a glass of sherry or hot tea at the Inn of the Governors every day between 4:00-5:00 in the afternoon. Biscochito has become a Christmas tradition around our house as we keep our Santa cookie jar filled with star & angel Biscochito this time of year. It is also a favorite of Santa Claus on Christmas eve....he doesn't leave a crumb! Biscochito is a great substitute for the ordinary sugar cookie recipe. Enjoy!

3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup Crisco
1 tsp baking powder
4 cups of flour
1 tbs anise seeds (crush to bring out flavor)

Combine eggs with cup of sugar. Add 1 tsp of vanilla & 1 cup Crisco. Mix ingredients thoroughly. Then add 1 tsp of baking powder & 4 cups of flour. Mix 1 tbs anise seeds (crushed) into dough. The dough should have consistency of pie crust dough. Roll out dough 1/4" thick. Cut cookies and dip in mix of cinnamon & sugar before baking. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.