Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Early Fall~Acorns~

It was September 23rd~ The beginning of fall here..

I love this farm situated on the waterfront near our home..~
I did some baking in the morning with a mold I bought last November..half price at Williams-Sonoma in the USA.
That is such a great store..I wish we had it here.. Ontario has them..well Toronto does at least..but none here.I wish they would open a store here..w/ all the wonderful sales they have in the USA.~It was to make a cranberry mold..but I gave it a try for Granny's coffee cake..It works:) I made 4 individual ones for a nearby family:)

The little ones I placed in those neat parchment type muffin cups..

The basket looked like fall to me..
It's a season I adore.. for the hues and warm is short I take it all in..
The parchment muffin cups remind me of Fortune Tellers in a way:)
Remember these?

I loved these when I was young and always truly believed what my future was..I only write good things in the fortune tellers.I made one for Lucas once and he loved the motions of the paper..Remember that feeling too?

And the anticipation of what you were to read? Or be read?:)~

I don't think it's my imagination:)

I also made different acorns last week..

The Williams-Sonoma Acorn cakelet pan..

It's so nice to use at this time of year especially when our front side garden gets littered with real acorns from our neighbor's tree;)

Where else would I have a prop at such short notice?And such a feast for all the neighborhood's squirrels~
For the acorns I used the .

We like almond they worked for us..and my daughter liked them also:)

La Recette for the coffee cakes.. courtesy of Jubilation Cookbook~

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup golden raisns..or dark (I plump mine

Topping and filling

!/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup golden raisn..or dark and I plump mine.

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees..Cream butter and sugar..Beat in eggs and sour cream.Sift dry ings and add to creamed mix.Spread half of batter into greased and floured spring form or tube pan.Cover with half the topping..

Spoon on remaining batter and lightly press remaining topping.
Bake for 40-50mins or until toothpick comes out clean.Let sit for 10 mins..unmold.

Freezes well~
PS I adjusted baking time for the smaller cakes.



  1. What a wonderful post for autumn. I wish we had more of a change in seasons down here in s.e. Fl, but we don't. Cool weather hasn't happened here yet, and probably won't until the end of the month, if we're lucky.



  2. Love all these beautiful fall recipes and molds!

  3. Beautiful, just beautiful.We are heading towards spring with lots of rain and heat. How lovely it is to see the color changes in your part of the world.

  4. Mmmm!!! Warm and sweet. I love the acorn cakes!!! and the brown paper, YES I loved those paper games so much.

  5. You are a serious baker!!! Everything you make looks too pretty to eat but I know I would anyway!

    I love the barns near your home too.

    Take care,

  6. Everything is gorgeous Monique! I wish we had Williams Sonoma over here as well. No such thing, but then, we do have other things that are equally as cute. Your cakes all look lovely. No surprise there! You have some very lucky neighbours!! Love and hugs to you this beautiful autumn day! xxoo

  7. Yum...wish I had one of those little cakes for breakfast! Still hot in Houston but sometimes in the mornings one can feel and smell a little Fall creeping in.
    Love recipes and both acorn molds - headed to Wms. Sonoma to see if they still carry the ceramic mold - unique.
    Enjoy your short Autumn - take it all in.
    Judy B. Houston, Tx.

  8. Hope you find it Judy...

    Have a great day everyone~
    Amazing how our seasons differ!
    marie you do have cute things:) I must say we do too..But some very special stores are missing~

  9. Monique, thanks for bring back that little feeling for me that Lucas had. So easy to forget now isn't it.

    What a find at WS. Love your muffins.

  10. I do remember those fortune "tellers". Thanks for the reminder as I hadn't thought of them in years (decades, probably). Ah, Williams-Sonoma. I was a new bride when I went to my first one (and I think it might have been the actual first one) in southern California (Newport Beach as I recall). I took that acorn mold as a hostess gift a few falls ago and wish I'd purchased a few more at the time of the sale. The squirrels are gathering acorns around here and giving our dalmatian, Oliver, fits. He even tries to climb trees after them.


  11. Beautiful post, Monique. I live in farm country and there are many old barns here. There is so much history in those old structures. Each one must have a fascinating story to tell. Love your little WS mold.

  12. Delicious


    !!! I am salivating - you are a wonderful cook/baker
    I can smell the aromas from your oven...

  13. You make fall look so elegant. I love all of the molds. They are so pretty. The little acorns are just wonderful. Aren't the great papers they have now just wonderful. They just elevate the little tidbits that we bake.

  14. Love Williams Sonoma; we don't have nay in my area. Last time was when in Boston; they have little treasure you can't find here..Your acorn cookies are so cute; perfect fall dessert.

  15. These are so adorable! I took a part-time job at the Williams Sonoma in Calgary one Christmas just so I could shop with the fabulous discount. You can get some good buys in the US, sometimes.

  16. Both your pans are so pretty and the acorn one is so cute! Love the delicate cakes the produce - so elegant.

  17. BEAUTIFUL moulds and gorgeous photos, I love coming by here Monique ~ you exude elegance and style! LOVELY post.
    Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

  18. Merveilleux post de début d'automne !
    Ces petits moules sont ravissants ... Oh, et puis de toute façon tout est beau et tout fait envie ... comme toujours ! ;o)

  19. I love WS stores, but what I like watching you rpics, hugs, Flavia

  20. Beautiful, Monique. Your acorns look wonderful!
    I can't believe the price on them is back up. I paid so little!

    Hope you are enjoying the season.
    The kids I taught called those things cootie catchers! I have no idea why! :)

  21. Gosh I love your pictures so!
    Oh my...I have not thought about those fortune tellers for a long time...I spent a lot of time in school making them and fooling around with them! I loved them too!

  22. Lovely cakes and dreamlike pictures!



  23. Your molds are adorable, Monique. Williams Sonoma DOES have great sales; I always check their sale table. Missed this one though.
    The little almond acorns are sweet....think my Garden Club might like them. I'm hosting them in three weeks. Wonder where Jain found the mold? Will check WS online first!

  24. William Sonoma is a favorite of ours. I'll be pulling out my acorn muffin tins soon. ~ Sarah

  25. The pan was bought at W-S:)

    Both items..

    Thanks ..and have a wonderful weekend everyone.
    You make me smile.


  26. I am just like you with barns... I see so many when we drive to the beach, I told Scott I want him to stop for them and he never does... You need to be on foot to enjoy them~

    Your mold is so cute, how did I miss that?

    It looks like fall here, I am still at the beach so not feeling very fallish, although it rained this morning. I love autumns light.

    And all that you share~

  27. OOOOOHHHHHH!!! Those acorns!!!!!!! I want to make them too!!!!!!!!! Must go and look for a pan.
    Monica xo

  28. Well now I must bake. Those muffins certainly do look delicious. So now I know that I have to bake. I love to bake in the winter especially when it's raining. We always have fresh warm bread for breakfast. Very nice post. Blessings...Lu

  29. Ravissant comme tout:) Tes photos sont si belles!!xxx

  30. What a great mold and a delicious recipe - your pictures are, as always, beautiful

  31. These little muffins and acorns are just so are just the most talented lady!!
    The photos are exquisite and jump right out of my PC.
    What a lucky family you have, Monique.
    Shel xxxx

  32. I'm late! We were at a wedding in....Texas last weekend! I love the barn, the beautiful ceramic acorn mold, the cakelets, the fortune teller ;) Lovely post Ms. M!

  33. I bought that pan on clearance last year and have yet to use it... no more excuses for me! Drooling over your pics!!