Sunday, September 26, 2010

farewell garden...until we meet again

Well, it's a sad day folks.  My garden is being mowed down as we speak.  Or as I type rather.  My husband was a little too excited to rip my little fence up and start mowing.  Of course, it does look like a mini-forest now.  I gave up when the bugs got bigger than I am.  I did run out there and salvage a few peppers and grabbed the last watermelon of the season.  I feel like I should play taps or something.  Say a few words in remembrance.  Oh, how I have loved thee.  I'll spare you more pics of my lovely garden, but if you would like, you can look back over previous posts and check them out.  I'll wait ;)

Did you look? (Hell no) My first garden! What a bounty we had!!  I can't wait to do it again next year.  I may even see what I can plant for the winter, since I totally missed the pumpkin and gourd planting 'season'.  Yes, this made me sad too.  But, I've learned a lot, even how to cook and eat vegetables.  Some veggies anyway.

To cheer me up, I decided some happy food was in order.  And I have all these!
So I decided on Apple Scones.  Sounds sophisticated doesn't it?  Yeah, a scone is basically a biscuit in my book, but whatever, I'm sure there is a difference, I'm just too lazy to look it up.  Scone sounds better, and they were very good.  In fact I may go eat another, I've only had like four a couple.  The original recipe was found at Nancy's Kitchen, and I, of course, made a few changes.
Apple Scones  
my changes are in italics

2 c flour    1 c. all-purpose and 1 c. whole wheat

1/4 c sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 t. cinnamon - will use more next time

1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice

1/4 c cold butter or margarine  Smart Balance Light

1 shredded apple

1/2 c milk

milk for brushing tops  I used orange juice

sugar for sprinkling

cinnamon for sprinkling

Measure flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt and spices into large bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add shredded apple and milk. Stir to form stiff dough. Turn out on lightly floured surface. Knead gently 8-10 times. Dough was very sticky! Pat into two six inch circles. Place on greased baking sheet. Brush tops with milk orange juice.

Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Score each top into 6 or 8 pie shaped wedges. Bake in 425 F oven for 15 minutes until browned and risen. Serve warm with butter.
Because the dough was so sticky and I felt like I had to work it so much, I was expecting my scones to be little bricks.  I was also concerned with them being dry with the addition of whole wheat flour.  HOWEVER, to my pleasant surprise, they were moist and soft and yummy!  I would recommend increasing the amount of apple and cinnamon.  My shredded apple ended up being abt 3/4th cup, so it just depends on how big yo' apple is.  I will definitely plan on making these again! 

Now, I'm planning my next apple recipe....apple butter?  egg-free apple cookies?  Not sure yet...


Linking up over at Eat at Home and Finding Joy In My Kitchen for Ingredient Spotlight - Apples!

8 comments:

  1. This is truly sad to hear but the good thing is that the garden will reappear next year! And the OTHER good thing is that you have these lovely scones to keep you happy!

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  2. You are inspiring me to bake... although I "cheat" when I cook... yesterday I made Fiber One blueberry muffins w/o eggs (used banana and applesauce instead)... yum! If only we could get some cooler weather.

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  3. OMGosh, yum! Apple scones sound (and look!) sooo good. I am sorry you missed pumpkin season, that would be the coolest thing! In my opinion, tho, ANY garden is amazing. Do you compost, too? I have wanted to get into that but don't know what I'd do with the stuff since I don't garden at all. Makes no sense, I guess, but it's the trying to be green part of me. Sorry your garden is gone, but I'm sure your next one will be perfect, as well!

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  4. Apple scones...yum...see, if only we didn't have to make the recipes. If only upon seeing them, we could touch the screen and the food would appear in our laps...I think I may be on to something....
    Sorry your garden is getting mowed. That is kind of sad :(

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  5. Apples. I love them. Cinnamon is my favorite spice. Apples and cinnamon is the perfect combination.

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  6. The saddest day of the summer for me is when we put our gazebo away for the winter :(

    Your scones look amazing! I've never made apple scones, but I will definitely put that on my list!

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  7. Tasty looking scones! It is sad about your garden though :-(. You'll just have to wait 'til next year :-).

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  8. oh my gosh, those scone look amazing!

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