THAT doesn't taste like wild hickory nuts …, | Valet Confidential
... at least, I don't think so. To be honest, I'm not sure I know what wild hickory nuts taste like. All I know for sure is that I think my granola tastes pretty damn good, and it seems as if a few others agree. This year for Christmas I made several batches of granola and gave them out to various friends (If you didn't get a jar, don't be shy - I can make more!). It has gotten some good reviews from folks, as well as a couple of requests for the recipe. I can't take credit for the recipe - I believe it comes from the good people at Cooks Illustrated - but I do take a few liberties with the original recipe depending on what I have around. And with that, here's the recipe ... Ingredients: 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/3 cup packed (2 1/3 ounces) light brown sugar 4 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 2 cups (10 ounces) raw almonds , chopped coarse 2 cups raisins or other dried fruit, chopped Original Notes: Chopping the