L’arte D’arrangiarsi

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.

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In a bowl, the oatmeal, apple blueberry granola, sugar, pumpkin spice and butter is mixed until crumbly.  image-55

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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.

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30 minutes later we have squares!image-71

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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. =)

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White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

Gingerbread and the holidays go hand in hand.  This weekend, I tried out a white chocolate gingerbread blondie recipe.

It began by coarsely chopping some white chocolate.

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The dry ingredients included flour, salt, baking powder and spices.  I ended up just using pumpkin spice because I had it on hand.

 

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Then I mixed butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla together.

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In went the dry ingredient and then all the white chocolate.

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The dough was very sticky and thick.  I lined a 17×11 inch baking sheet with parchment and spread the batter onto it.

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About 25 minutes later, I had the following:

 

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Golden, soft and chewy.  White chocolate morsels that are following up with a little kick of ginger and clove.  The smell that wafted in the air was divine.  I think these will go over well at work tomorrow.  =)

A Wicked Craving…

…for pecan tarts. But I had no pecans. I had a look in the cupboard and saw I had walnuts. Hmmm, I would make do.

Instead of tarts, I decided on making squares. It was just quicker. I started with making the crust. Flour, brown sugar and butter – mixed together until crumbly and then pressed into the square pan.

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Next, the filling – Eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter and of course, toasted walnuts.

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After 35 minutes, squares were done. I chilled them in the fridge for about an hour before I sliced them into squares and ate some.

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Nutty, slightly gooey and just sweet enough. Satisfied =)