AppleOatie Recipe

Fall in the Pacific Northwest means that apples and fresh local cranberries are easy to come by, and I wanted to come up with a recipe that would use these ingredients in a simple, quick & easy way. I also wanted something nice and tart, which could be easily made as a single serving dish. The recipe I arrived at is an apple-cranberry crumble of sorts, with the oat topping reminiscent of a soft, crumbly oatmeal cookie.

makes 1-2 servings

Ingredients

1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup oat flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tbsp olive oil

1 Gala apple, chopped
1/2 to 2/3 cup fresh cranberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl. Stir in maple syrup and olive oil. The mixture should form a loose clump (add a small amount of liquid if it seems too dry and does not hold together well). Chop apple into 1″ pieces. Place apple pieces and cranberries in an 8″ square baking dish. Pile oat mixture on top, and press to form a low mound over the fruit. Bake for 15 minutes (or until apple pieces are at desired tenderness and the cranberries have popped).

Substitutions:

You can substitute oat flour with another flour of your choice. You can also try different apples varieties, such as honeycrisp or braeburn. Just make sure it is a variety suitable for baking and not too tart (the cranberries will give you plenty of that!). Avoid varieties like granny smith (too tart) and red delicious (don’t bake very well).

Sunshine on my parade

misty day at Arch Cape

I am happy for the approach of fall … it is my favorite season. Already the air is different. The muggy stink of air thick with pollen and bugs is being replaced with nice, clean, cold air. Hopefully the rain will begin soon and wash away all the ickiness left by summer.

It’s unfair that autumn, a season so otherwise pleasant, is marred by the dismal prospect ahead … a long, bleak off-season in a town full of rain-hating whiners (whiners who firmly believe their views on the matter are “normal” and everyone should agree with them). I don’t understand why people who love sunshine and hate grey, rainy days would choose to live here. There are plenty of places on earth where you can “enjoy” some nice blistering summer heat if that’s what you’re in to. I much prefer the mild weather and overcast days here … and yes, the rain too. I have never seen the charm of that bright, nasty ball of fire in the sky … I would much rather it be covered in a lovely cloud. Better yet, a nice low blanket of fog … so cozy ^-^

view from my window ~ misty japanese maple