From Italian, L’arte d’arrangiarsi means the art of getting by or the art of making something out of nothing. To be able to open up the cupboards and/or the fridge and pull together something to eat with whatever ingredients are found is a skill. I am trying to teach myself that skill. I think I have established that I’m an ingredient hoarder so I really should not have a hard time piecing something together.
I’ve been dying to use up a jar of apple butter – a highly concentrated version of apple sauce – for ages. And this night, I was able to make a main and a dessert incorporating this ingredient.
I’ll begin with the dessert because as I write this, the main is still in the oven and not quite ready to be unveiled. Using just a few ingredients – all found in my cupboard – I made some apple butter oatmeal squares.
Then half of the oatmeal mixture is pressed into a prepared pan and the apple butter spread on top. The rest of the oatmeal goes over the apple butter and into the oven.
The apple butter is a little tart in taste but the sugar and granola brings a nice sweet contrast. The texture is crunchy, but the middle layer is moist and soft. A really easy and quick treat to make. =)