Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sweet, oh, Sweet

We are having a pretty good week here. The weather has been just gorgeous - cool at night and warm during the day, but not hot. The leaves are starting to turn!

We went for a walk the other night on the Katy Trail and saw 2 snakes. Scared me silly! I hate snakes anyway and one I was sure was a baby copperhead. I looked on the internet tho and I think it was a corn snake. The other one was just a king snake I think.

We had a nice walk anyhow, crunching through the fallen leaves. I love autumn, when things seem to go into suspended animation some days, like they could stretch on forever and ever, like cosmic taffy.

The figs are finally starting to ripen. Although, we only have 2 on the tree. Last year we had loads! Oh, well.

After our walk, we came back and had a little sweet treat. I found this fab recipe for scones in my new Cooking for 2 magazine by TOH. Of course, I could not leave it alone, so it has my twist on it! I had baked them before we left and frosted them when we got back.

Caramel Apple Scones

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons cold butter
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons half-and-half
1 egg yolk
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup shredded peeled apple

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix first 5 ingredients in bowl. Cut in butter. Mix egg yolk with half-and-half and vanilla in measuring cup. Toss apple with flour mixture. Stir in egg mixture. Turn on floured surface, knead 10 times (my dough was really sticky). Pat out and cut as you like - wedges, bars, etc. Bake 15-20 minutes. Cool. Frost with caramel frosting.

Original recipe called for drizzling with caramel ice-cream topping, but I like this frosting better.

Caramel frosting

1 tablespoon butter
1-1/2 Tablespoons half-and-half
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Melt butter, half-and-half and brown sugar in pan. Boil vigorously 1 minute. Remove from heat and beat in 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar. Cool slightly and beat in remaining sugar and vanilla. (I had to add just a bit more sugar) Frost scones.

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Cheryl said...

Ohh my gosh those look GOOD!

nicisme said...

Oh look at your lovely fig - wish I had a fig tree!
And I bet your caramel frosting tastes like heaven.

Anonymous said...

Our leaves have not started turning yet, but I know it won't be long until they do. We've started to hear more geese. I guess they are packing their little bags to head south!

Love the scones. You know your sight always makes me so-o-o hungry! LOL

You friend,
Ruth, PA

Linda said...

I went to NH today and some places had some gorgeous leaves turning. My pics didn't come out too well but I'll post them anyway.

OH YUM! The scones look wonderful!

Marie said...

Not many figs on the tree here this year either. I think it was a bad summer all around for fruit. Lovely pictures Raquel and great recipe! I trust it's enough for just two?

Schotzy said...

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Country Lady said...

Those scones look wonderful. We're hoping to take a trip to the mountains of VA to see the leaves changing.

Anonymous said...

Scones are a favourite in our house, but never had apple ones before,
Leaves are falling loads here now one is a elderberry tree its so big it covers the whole garden when they fall, but shame its not my tree as it needs a bit of a trim,

Thankyou for comment on my blog, Im hinting at mum with the idea may leave till after xmas to buy new bits, just get fabric for now,
Take care

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Oh, these look delish!
The Katy Trail pics are gorgeous. I haven't been on the trail in quite some time, that's a good idea!
Thank you for visiting today!