I don’t know how this obsession came about, but recently I’ve been craving cereal for breakfast. We don’t generally buy cereal. homemade oatmeal or muesli for us, but at work it’s nice to have a carton of cereal by your desk, just in case. Since I’ve been working at home, I haven’t had my cereal fix and was wondering: how hard could it be to make cereal?
A number of web recipes and some toasty bits later, I would like to report, it’s easy!
I based our cereal recipe on this basic bran flakes recipe, but doubled it. A few tips:
- This dough is STICKY! Wet your hands before patting the dough and use a spatula to initially spread out the dough. Don’t put too much down at first! You will run out of room as you start rolling.
- Use a lot of plastic wrap on top of the dough. If you’re careful, you can reuse each piece for the full batch.
- I have an electric oven that retains heat pretty well after you turn it off. In order to save energy, after the first bake I just shut the oven off and keep the flakes in there to dry.
- Make sure everything is DRY. If it’s not, it won’t last long in storage. The original recipe says 2 weeks, I think that’s reasonable and it could probably be refrigerated for longer.
- Go crazy with your add-ons! This is YOU’RE cereal! Not some generic raisin bran (not that I didn’t love the stuff as a kid). This batch has toasted coconut, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and currents added on. Go crazy with your flavor combinations.