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The help and advice that Karen gave me when I was setting up Churton Heath Farm Bed and Breakfast was invaluable. I would highly recommend this course to anyone thinking of setting up a B&B, and Karen's help has been very appreciated.

Vanessa of www.churtonheathfarm.co.uk, Winner of Visit Chester and Cheshire B&B of the Year Gold Award 2011


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Homemade Granola

This is a lovely healthy homemade cereal - perfect with natural yoghurt and fresh fruit. It tastes far better than any packet cereals and you know exactly what is in it. You can make a batch then keep it for a while in an airtight container.

Customise it for your own B&B by adding different mixtures of nuts, seeds and dry fruits ( add the dry fruits after it has cooked and cooled ).

I recommend that you time making it for the same time your guests are due to arrive as it fills the kitchen and house with a lovely warm, welcoming caramel scent!

Hopton House Granola

Dry Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flaked almonds
  • 1/2 cup wheatgerm
  • 1/2 cup seed mix ( sunflower, sesame, pumpkin )
  • 1/2 plain wholemeal flour
  • 4 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 4 tablespoons of warmed honey
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C or Fan oven 140 degrees C.

Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Whisk together the wet ingredients until thoroughly mixed together.

Pour the wet onto the dry and mix really well till all of the dry ingredients are coated.

Spread onto a baking sheet and cook for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to break up any very big lumps. You're looking for a golden brown colour.

Leave till completely cool and then put in an airtight container.

When it is cool you can add your favourite combination of raisins, sultanas or other chopped dried fruit such as read to eat apricots, prunes and figs.