Autumn picnic in the countryside -- Apple crumble and sage walnut scones

The weather is turning colder, and I want to snuggle in bed in the mornings now...
However, even though winter is coming, it is still very beautiful outside.

15 minutes drive from where I live can take me to the countryside. I really like coatesville, with it's beautiful mansions, pony riding clubs, tree-lined driveways and most importantly, their autumn leaves. Every autumn, the trees become orange, red and yellow and the wind blows them around creating flecks of colour in the sky.

It really is quite beautiful to look at.

For my picnic, I went with an autumn theme, using lots of herbs, spices and nuts.
The addition of thyme and walnuts in my apple crumble really makes it something extra special. Also, you must have the scones straight from the oven, and you must have with butter and jam. We were given a delicious fejoa jam that was handmade, and it was marvellous with the apple sage scones.

Find a beautiful place in the countryside with lots of autumn leaves if you can, but if you can't, you're local park is fine. The thing is guys, I really recommend you have a picnic and watch the autumn leaves. I know I sound like a hippy, but if you miss out, it's a real pity.

Apple Crumble with walnuts and thyme

1 tsp cinnamon
2 apples (large, royal gala)
1 tbs honey
squeeze of lemon juice (apprx 1 tsp)

2 tbs  honey
3 tbs coconut oil (soft), use butter if no coconut oil available
handful of walnuts
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
6 tbs almond flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
few sprigs of thyme

For the filling
slice apples in half, then slice into half-moon themes, about 1 cm thick
combine with honey, lemon and cinnamon
let it sit for a few minutes

Preheat oven to 175

For the topping
combine oats, almond flour, walnuts, salt and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl
add coconut oil and honey
use your hands to rub the crumble mixture together. If it seems too dry, add more coconut oil.

In a small parchment lined baking dish, place apples and layer them out
Top with crumble topping
Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and juices are bubbling

Apple sage scones with walnuts
Adapted from smitten kitchen best buttermilk biscuits

2 cups white spelt flour  (You can use all-purpose, but spelt is a bit more nutritious and easier to digest due to lower gluten content)
1/4 cup all purpose flour+more for dusting
1 tbs baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp coconut sugar (or normal sugar, but thats what I had)
3/4 tsp baking soda
9 tbs butter
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 apple, cored and dice
8 sage leaves
1/4-1/2 walnuts

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius
Cover a baking sheet with parchement paper
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
Using a grater, grate butter into the flour. Use a spoon to combine butter with flour  every once in a while so that the butter doesn't all clump together.
Once you have worked butter into flour so it resembles a coarse meal, add buttermilk and apples.
Using your hands, mix together so large, shaggy crumbs form. Use your hands to briefly combine dough into a ball.
Dust a surface lightly with flour.
Roll dough so it is about as thick as your knuckle (2-3 cm)
Using a round cutter or cup, cut dough into biscuits rounds.
Top each scone with walnuts and a sage leaf
Brush with extra buttermilk.
Bake for 15 minutes until puffed and olden. Be sure to eat them hot from the oven, with butter and jam.
Only bake enough for you to eat at one time, any extra can be placed in a zip lock bag and frozen. No need to defrost, just place in the oven and extend baking time for a few extra minutes.

Enjoy !



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