Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Path Less Travelled By: Mornings With the Muffin

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference

~ Robert Frost (The Road Not Taken)

I took Shaggy (aka the Muffin) out for his walk this morning. Only when we hit the conservation area behind our property did I realize that yes, it was truly Fall. I also began to reflect on the beauty of the season. It is my favourite time of year, picking apples, changing leaves, cozying up in the evenings and just letting the calm pace of life envelop me before jumping into the next frenzy of Halloween and Christmas. Luckily I brought my camera along for the walk, for this time we took a seperate trail, one I hadn't seen before, and I was richly rewarded. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do, and the accompanying, seasonal recipe that I am submitting for Sugar High Friday (Drunken Apples), this time being hosted at SpittoonExtra (as well as this go-round of WTSIM (Layered Cake), good luck!).

Have a great Fall day, everyone, and embrace the changes we are constantly experiencing!
This is a cross between sautéed apples and the popular dessert Crepes Suzette, and is sure to please at a Fall feast (or in crepes, or waffles, or this awesome ice cream!).

Apples Suzette
1/2 stick unsalted butter (do not substitute)
4 large tart apples - peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 orange, juice and grated rind
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/3 cup orange liqueur
  1. In large, wide skillet, melt the butter.
  2. When foamy, add apples and sugar and stir until dissolved.
  3. Whisk together orange juice and cornstarch, add with rind to pan.
  4. Bring to a simmer and cook 10 minutes, stirring, until apples are tender. Turn heat to lowest settings.
  5. Pour liqueur over everything in the pan.
  6. Using a long match, ignite the sauce.
  7. Remove pan from heat and allow the flames to subside.
  8. Serve immediately.


  1. Sarah, I'm impressed- a flambe! It looks really good. I just made an apple pie. I love your beautiful fall photos too. I'm jealous! Everything is still muggy and very green down here in Florida. It was 90 degrees yesterday!

    Take care, Susan

  2. looking mighty fine - trees and pud!


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