For six weeks at work this summer we were assisted by three high school students.
They had this amazing ability to make me feel young
(no age limits for laughter and cuttin' up)
("Dial tone? What's that?")
at the same time.
I told our students I'd make something on their last day as a thank you. One of them asked for yogurt parfaits. Very do-able, but these parfaits had to be special. This was the best group of summer workers we've ever had.
Fresh cherries, blueberries, & bananas gave lots of color, lots of flavor. Jamie Oliver's homemade granola made them extra special.
I took advantage of what I had: pecans, walnuts, & peanuts. Left out the dried fruit because I didn't have any--and there would be fresh fruit in the parfaits. The shredded coconut was nixed since a few people I work with (namely me) don't like it.
The granola was good. Not only did I use it for the parfaits, I also used it as a topping on muffins and as a topping on another dessert--a sort of peachy nectariney thing.
This post is for Dessert Week at I Heart Cooking Clubs. We are currently cooking the recipes of Jamie Oliver.
Also linking this with Cookbook Sundays @ Mom's Sunday Cafe
Jamie Oliver's Granola
from Jamie's Food Revolution Cookbook
2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
1 heaped cup mixed nuts
1/4 cup mixed seeds (sunflower, poppy, pumpkin, sesame)
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 tablespoons maple syrup
About 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups dried fruit
Preheat oven to 350°. Put oatmeal, mixed nuts, mixed seeds, coconut, and cinnamon on a baking sheet. Stir well; smooth out. Drizzle with maple syrup and olive oil; stir. Bake 25-30 minutes. Every 5 minutes or so take out and stir, then smooth down with a wooden spoon and put back in oven. When granola is golden, remove from oven, mix in dried fruit (roughly chop any large pieces); let cool. Serve with milk or yogurt. You can keep leftover granola in an airtight container about 2 weeks, but it's so delicious we'll be surprised if it lasts that long!