Perfectly Crunchy Granola

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crunchygranola.jpgI've tried a lot of different granola recipes, but this one is hands-down my favorite. The combination of quick cooking and old fashioned oats in this recipe, combined with a smaller than usual amount of oil, make perfectly crunchy clusters - like boxed cereal but better tasting.

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup oat bran
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup mild honey
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch salt (a flaky sea salt is best)

1 cup mixed dried fruit of your choice (I used figs, dates, raisins, and cranberries)

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Stir together all ingredients except the fruit in a large bowl until combined. Spread mixture evenly on a large (17-by 12-inch) shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes, but checking every five minutes after the 15-minute mark because it burns quickly. Transfer granola, in pan, to rack to cool, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely to keep clusters from breaking apart

Either store granola separate from dried fruit in airtight containers at room temperature, or store in the freezer with fruit mixed in.

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