I don’t know what to do with mid-September. The calendar says it’s still summer, but with school buses on the roads, little light left in the sky by 8 p.m., and a weekend slate of football games, it doesn’t feel like summer.
Except it’s still quite warm outside. So actually, it does still kind of feel like summer. It’s a weird time of year for me, this transition.
It’s after Labor Day, so I know I shouldn’t wear white. I think I’m supposed trade out my espadrilles for boots. Tomatoes, with vines heavy under their fruit, are out and Pumpkin.Is.In.
I’m not ready for pumpkin.
As I was contemplating this in-between feeling this week, it struck me: summer always seemed so fleeting. Now, it’s a true fall season that seems so short.
This slightly sweet, slightly savory coffee granola is helping me bridge the gap. When I add it to fruit and yogurt, I feel like I’m still eating a light summer breakfast, but there is no mistaking the rich flavors that to my mind signal a heartier meal for the cooler months.
Plus, its ingredient list includes dark beer and coffee, and who can say no to that? Come to think of it, this granola would probably pair nicely with pumpkin spice yogurt. Do they make pumpkin spice yogurt? Maybe I am ready for fall… Enjoy!
Yield 5 1/2 cups
3 3/4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup finely ground coffee
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons rye flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter, frozen
6 tablespoons porter or stout beer
2 tablespoons molasses
- Stir together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Use a grater to shred the butter, then add it to the bowl and toss to mix it with the dry ingredients.
- Add the beer and molasses and stir until evenly coated.
- Spread the granola mixture over a large, parchment-lined baking sheet (a rimmed sheet is best if you have one).
- Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. The granola should be golden and almost crisp when it comes out of the oven.
- Allow to cool completely, stirring occasionally, before storing in an air-tight container.
- Serving ideas include with fruit and yogurt or sprinkled over ice cream.
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