I really like America’s Test Kitchen because they let you in on all sorts of culinary tips and tricks that, when implemented, work really well. It’s comforting knowing that they did a number of tests to find the best results for a recipe.
I found this little granola-making trick on America’s Test Kitchen and recently implemented it. It results in a nice, chunky granola with big clusters (which are, let’s be honest, the best part of any granola).
Most granola recipes call for regular stirring while the granola bakes, but this one is quite different.
The Process for Chunky Granola with Big Clusters
Step 1: Press down the granola mixture into a baking sheet creating a compact layer.
Step 2: Bake the granola without stirring, rotating the pan halfway through baking.
Step 3: Once the sheet of granola has cooled, break it up into pieces.
Basically you’re making granola bars and then breaking them up into granola. And it works like a charm.
I used the technique on this granola recipe and it turned out to be the chunkiest granola ever. Take notes my friends, because this process is a winner.
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