Strawberry And Granola Open Faced Sandwich

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast with this Strawberry and Granola Open Faced Sandwich, inspired by the Scandinavian smørrebrød. You can make the rye bread and vanilla and cinnamon butter the night before, so all you need to do in the morning is to layer on the ingredients. 


Last week, I reviewed the newest cookbook in my collection, Scandilicious Baking. It’s a beautiful book filled with an interesting and complex selection of recipes. It took me a full morning to read through the book and recipes, and as soon as I flipped the last page, I hopped straight to the kitchen to get baking. If you want to hear more about the book, you can read my review of Scandilicious Baking.


There were a lot of recipes I contemplated making first, but I settled on this Strawberry and Granola Open Faced Sandwich because the components of the recipe sounded delicious – the rye granola, the vanilla and cinnamon butter, and of course, strawberries since they are currently in season.


The first thing to make for this recipe is the rye granola. It’s a very simple recipe – mix rye bread crumbs with coconut oil, brown sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt and bake. This was my favorite part of the recipe — and it is addicting! Thank goodness that the recipe makes more rye granola than is needed for four open faced sandwiches. I couldn’t stop snacking on it.


The second component of the recipe is the vanilla and cinnamon butter, a straightforward mix of exactly that – butter, vanilla, and cinnamon (with a pinch of salt). Again, it’s addicting, and the recipe makes more than you need for the four open faced sandwiches. The extra vanilla and cinnamon butter is a great spread for anything you can think of…simple toast, French toast, pancakes or waffles.


To complete the recipe, you just need the rye bread for the bottom, a thin layer of Greek yogurt and a handful of quartered strawberries. If you make everything the night before, you just need to quickly compile it all in the morning. Perfect for a lazy morning, or when entertaining guests.


(To fool the unsuspecting, I must admit, the granola pieces on top actually look a bit like bacon bits!)


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