Summerhill Honey, Lemon & Cardamom Granola

Summerhill Honey, Lemon & Cardamom Granola

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Oh Honey! This granola recipe is zesty, aromatic, crunchy, sweet and nutty… it’s gorgeous served with yogurt and rhubarb compote for breakfast, or for making snack bars and makes a great topping on a fruit crumble too. The ingredients are a celebration of local landscapes; my own native Orchard County, Armagh, the rolling hills of County Down and the bright yellow fields of Limavady where Broighter Gold‘s Rapeseed oil is harvested.

Fred from Summerhill honey has been keeping bees for over 8 years now and has maintained a local strain of bees who’ve become accustomed to our inherently erratic weather. They’re a hard working brood and during spring they forage around the orchards in Armagh helping to pollinate the cider apple trees – that keeps them going until the summer blossoms start to bloom in Co. Down where they return to forage on clover and Blackberry blossoms.

I appreciate the passion and effort of people like Fred and we need more people like him to help preserve our Bee populations because they are under threat. The number of bees is expected to fall by a third across the island and yet they play such a critical role in our agricultural industry and our food supply chain. Without them, we can’t grow fruit… our apple farmers depend on bees to pollinate their crops and there are new initiatives to help grow Bee populations – you can learn more about how to help here. I like to help my local bee communities by buying local honey from producers to help support their cost of keeping bees in the area.

I picked Summerhill honey up in Arcadia Deli and Fred tells me the honey is also stocked in Indie Fude, Bridewell coffee shop, Goodness Health and The Courtyard. His honey took 1st prize in the Ulster Beekeepers honey show, 2017 and also 1st prize in the Comber Flower Show – you really don’t need to make this granola to enjoy the best of this honey, but I think you’ll enjoy it all the same if you do!

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Summerhill Honey, Lemon & Cardamom Granola

Makes: 10 servings – stored in an airtight container the Granola will keep for 2 weeks

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Ingredients

380g Rolled oats

2 Lemons, squeezed & zested

50mL Broighter gold lemon oil

200g Summerhill honey

100g Roasted chopped hazelnuts

100g Sliced almonds

2 teaspoons Ground cardamom

1/2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon

Pinch salt

Method

  1. Whisk the lemon juice, zest, oil and honey in a bowl until the ingredients are well-mixed (warm the honey until it runs if it’s solid at first).
  2. Mix the oats, hazelnuts, almonds, cardamom, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry mix and combine well so all of the dry mix is coated.
  4. Spread the mixture onto a baking try lined with baking paper or a silicone sheet – my mix volume needed two baking trays.
  5. Bake for 1hr at 120⁰C tossing the mixture every 15 mins to ensure an even bake.
  6. Allow the mix to chill before serving with rhubarb compote and yogurt.
  7. Best served in good company on a lazy Sunday morning!

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