Culinary advent calendar: Doors number 24 - with recipe and gift tip for Christmas muesli

Ho ho ho! Yes, is it to believe? It's Christmas! And together with Miriam and Friedemann from Unser Meating, I'm allowed to open the very last door in this year's - after all unbelievably already eleventh - culinary Advent calendar from Zorra. And not only that! You still have the chance to win big! Like every year! You should follow the posts behind the door so attentively, because today starts the last and largest raffle - until January 6th you can participate.
 Christmas 2015: Recipe for gift from the kitchen - Christmas muesli aka X-mas granola and packaging tips

So, and because it is also a special honor for me to fill the 24th door and join you on Christmas Eve, there is also from me a premiere. Because: I have tinkered! With bakery yarn and Japanese scissors, with labeling device and gift ribbons and of course with washi tape. And with glasses and other vessels. I'm so out of me for this shoot! So you get something to see here today that you have not seen in my other minimalistic photography style and probably will not see you that fast any more.

But in turn , What can I contribute to the advent calendar, which did not exist yet? Stollen and cookies and so we already had plenty. What could I do ... And then came the idea: cereal of course! Uff.
 Christmas 2015: Recipe for gift from the kitchen - Christmas muesli aka X-mas granola and packaging tips
After my cereal Week series and my book What's for breakfast? Muesli! * There was no muesli with me for a while. That's why it was time for it again urgently. In between, I also needed a muesli break, frankly ... But now I've come up with a wonderful Christmas muesli for you and brought with me. Of course, it tastes great even after Christmas, but thanks to the aromas of cinnamon, orange peel, nuts and cranberries, it really fits into the season and on occasion. And it is still suitable for the holidays as a small last-minute gift idea. I'll give you a few super simple packaging tips for that. That does not have to be expensive, but it does a good job. And home-made gifts from the kitchen belong to the most beautiful gifts! So why not give away homemade muesli more often? Recipes can be found here: Majas Muesli.
Christmas 2015: recipe for gift from the kitchen - Christmas muesli aka X-mas granola and packaging tips

But now we come first to the beautiful Christmas muesli or X-mas granola in new German. It will be super crunchy, tastes great nutty and spicy and goes well with fresh citrus fruits and milk or yoghurt. You can replace the nuts as you like, if you do not like something.Lay out a large baking tray with parchment paper.

Put the oatmeal and almond flakes in a sufficiently large mixing bowl. Grind the pecans and walnuts roughly between fingers and add them.

Place the sunflower oil along with the sugar in a small saucepan and heat to medium temperature until the sugar dissolves easily (it will not dissolve completely ), stir well and remove from heat. Add the spices and the orange peel and mix well.

Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well with two spoons or salad servers. Since the sugar clumps easily, it is easiest to thoroughly stir and knead the mixture with your hands. The ingredients must be thoroughly mixed and this is actually best done with the hands. The flakes must all be slightly wetted, but the mixture should not be lumpy or too moist.

Place the muesli mixture on the baking tray and spread evenly and press.

Place the baking tray in the oven Bake and bake the mixture for about 20-25 minutes until it turns golden brown and crispy. After about 10-12 minutes, the mixture should be mixed thoroughly on the plate so that everything tans evenly and does not burn anything.

Remove the tin from the oven and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, then the cranberries stir well.

Wrap the muesli refrigerated airtight and use quickly.

 Christmas 2015: Recipe for gift from the kitchen - Christmas muesli aka X-mas granola and packaging tips

The muesli can also be wonderfully packaged as a gift and given away as a culinary souvenir for every occasion. For example gift bags are ideal for this - I especially like those made of brown kraft paper and they are available in various shapes and sizes (for example 100 brown paper bags *, 25 paper bags * or 10 paper bags with window *). They can be glued, tied with yarn, decorated with washitape or sewed on. Simple cellophane bags are now available in every drugstore and in the supermarket and they can also be pretty closed and glued.

 Christmas 2015: recipe for gift from the kitchen - Christmas muesli aka X-mas granola and packaging tips

I also like it especially when you give away culinary gifts in old tin cans. It's not a good idea to keep them longer or cover them with plastic wrap, but old tea and biscuit tins have their own special charm.

 Christmas 2015: Recipe for gift from the kitchen - Christmas muesli aka X-mas granola and packaging tips

And then there are ironing glasses, mason jars and screw jars. Glass has a high quality, you can use it again and give as needed: in large glass directly for storage (maybe yes with recipe for self-filling) or in smaller U-shaped glass (for example, 1 liter iron *, 255 ml ironing * or wire tumbler *). So you always have a small portion of fresh cereal on hand, for example in the office.And I would like to mention the great postcards! They come from a gifted artist and illustrator, my enchanting cousin Liv. Have a look at her: http://livmatthiesen.com/- she offers exciting Christmas cards every year and has also created a great calendar for 2016.

The rest is up to you - get creative and create custom gifts for your loved ones!
I wish you nice and quiet holidays - you'll be fine!

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