Happy weekend to everyone!
A few years ago, they had us over on Easter for brunch.
If I remember correctly, we brought waffles and Ahmet made his famous crepes. Ever since then we have been wanting to have Ahmet teach us how to make them.
Sometime in early January, the invited us over one Saturday morning to teach us how to make them.
For those of you who don’t know, crepes are like pancakes, but thinner and bigger, and they are filled with anything you’d like. The fillings range anywhere from savory to sweet. When I was in Buenos Aires this past summer, Bubbie (my Grandma) and I had crepes filled with ham and cheese for lunch.
My mom and I went over to their house around 9 o’clock in the morning to get cooking before the boys came over at 11 for brunch. Little did we know that we weren’t only making crepes. When we arrived, they said that Ahmet’s granola and the crepes were a package deal.
I decided that this post would be extremely long if I included the crepes and the granola, so I decided to break it up into two parts. Part one will be featuring the granola and the second part will be featuring the actual crepes (and the recipe )
The granola features one of our favorite ingredients… coconut! Plus a new discovery.. figs. Remember our post on dried figs? The Ercelebi’s were who introduced us to them. Ahmet’s mom lives in Turkey and whenever she comes to visit she brings a bag of dried Turkish fig to them. Being that it was shortly after Christmas, they had a fresh bag stored in the pantry.
His granola is a twice-baked crunchy mixture of coconut and dried fruit flavors. Plus the featured ingredient of coconut oil.
Valerie (Ahmet’s wife) and I didn’t know about putting figs in the granola, but I actually ended up loving the combo. If you don’t have dried figs, then you can order them here or just skip them… but we highly recommend them!
Part two coming soon!
Ahmet’s Coconut Fig Granola
- 3 cups oats
- 4 cups almonds, chopped
- 1 cup flaxseed
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup honey
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Heaping cup raisins
- 1 cup craisins
- 6 dried figs, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine oats, almonds, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, walnuts. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, combine honey, coconut oil, and vanilla, stirring continuously until melted together and no coconut oil chunks.
- Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir until evenly distributed.
- Spread granola onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 375.
- Remove granola from oven and put back into bowl. Stir in figs, raisins and craisins
- Spread granola back onto baking sheet and bake for 10 more minutes, or until golden brown.