Waking up at an unusual hour of 3am or 4am has its advantage. You get to finish housework early and plan the rest of the day ahead. You get to have time to relax and unwind. One of the perks of being at home is searching and experimenting on a new recipe that teases the palate and makes you try more. A few days ago, my son and I went back to Pasig market to buy fruits and vegetables. It is always a delight to find something new and cheap at that. Rambutan and lanzones fruits are in season now at it’s quite a thrill to find them at a lower price than in neighborhood fruit stands. I bought some Granny Smith apples, apple guavas and seedless dalandan (Philippine orange). I thought of baking apple pie but then I found this simple recipe that does not need too much time to prepare. Another kitchen experiment? You bet!
Grandma’s Apple Crisp
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 cups apples – peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon powder
Preheat oven to 175 °C. Lightly grease an 8-inch square pan. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour and butter. Mix until crumbly. Spread the apples evenly over crumb mixture. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and top with the remaining crumb mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Here’s how it turned out. I rather like the rolled oats incorporated in the recipe, it’s healthy. I baked it though for at least an hour. The mixture of cinnamon and apple is really, really yummy. And as usual I reduced the white sugar to 1/3 cup.