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Granola (as served at Perrywinkle Cottage)

A Gulf Island vacation would not  be complete without a bowl of homemade granola topped with vanilla yogurt and fresh picked berries.  Now you can make it when you return home to remind you of those relaxing mornings at the cottage.

3-4 cups granola oats
3/4 cup almonds
3/4 cups cashews

Chop nuts and mix with oats.  If you like sunflower seeds and flax seeds they can be substituted for some of the nuts.  

In a separate bowl combine:

1/2 cup oil 
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup sweetener

I use non GMO canola mostly with a bit of coconut oil for flavour enhancement.  For sweetener I use a combination of brown sugar and honey.  The more honey you add the chunkier and crunchier the granola becomes.  

Combine the oats and nuts with the oil and sugar and stir until the mixture is consistently blended.

Bake in 325 degree oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

When it comes out of the oven and it is still warm stir in the dried fruit of your choice.  I use cranberries and occasional Thompson raisons.  

1/4 to 1/2 cup cranberries or raisons



Grampa Paul's Sticky buns

As many in my neighborhood know, Sundays are the day I make sticky buns.  If you time it right you may get one fresh from the oven!  It was my father who perfected this recipe.  He enjoyed sharing these buns with his neighbors too. 


3 1/2 to 4 cups white flour

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp yeast

1 cup warm milk

1/3 cup butter

1 egg

In a bowl combine 2 cups flour, sugar salt and yeast.  Add butter to warm milk allowing butter to melt.  Beat egg into milk and butter.  Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and beat for 1 minute. Add remaining flour until a soft dough is created.  Knead on a floured board for a few minutes.  Let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours.


1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup corn syrup

Bring brown sugar and butter to a boil over high heat.  Remove from heat and add corn syrup.  Pour this mixture into the bottom of a 13 by 9 inch rectangular baking dish and set aside.



2 tbsp soft butter

1/4 brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon


Roll out dough to 15 inch by 10 inch rectangle.  Spread with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar.  Roll up and cut into 1 inch slices.  This will make 15 rolls.  Place in prepared pan, cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  Bake for 25 - 30minutes in a 350 degree oven.  Cool for a few minutes and then invert pan on a platter.  Enjoy with a cold glass of milk or cup of tea.  Best eaten on a Sunday afternoon with friends and family.