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This recipe is easy, delicious and great to give as a holiday gift.  It is from the December/January 2010 issue of Country Living

Golden Honey Granola

18-ounce container {6 cups} old-fashioned oats

8 ounces sliced almonds

1 cup each dried cranberries and chopped dried apricots

1 cup light-brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

1/2 cup honey

Makes 15 cups.  Working time:  15 minutes.  Total time 55 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F.  In a large bowl, toss together the old-fashioned oats, almonds, dried cranberries and chopped dried apricots, light-brown sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  In small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.  Stir in honey.  Pour over oat mixture and toss to distribute.  Spread granola onto a parchment-lined baking pan and bake, stirring occasionally, until oats are toasted and sugar begins to caramelize, 35 to 40 minutes.  Cool completely on pan.  Transfer to an airtight container.

hugs, mb