I concede (French Fridays with Dorie: Caramel Apples & Rice Pudding)

Okay, okay.

With this dessert, I finally concede fall.

I concede the wearing of open-toed shoes.

I concede that the leaves will shortly change from green to golden red to brown and will soon litter my lawn.

I will only mildly shudder as I pass the Halloween and Thanksgiving displays in the stores.

I will think about buying a pumpkin or two for the front porch.

However, I do not concede to Pumpkin Spice lattes...

Let's be clear about that right up front...


...even if I did just get off the plane from the land of pumpkin spice lattes. (Which is Seattle, in case you didn't know it)

There will be more on Seattle (and Vancouver and Victoria) and IFBC 2013 and all of the 1000 or so miles we schlepped later. And what it was like meeting a herd of Doristas and Mrs. Greenspan herself. Yeah, it has been quite a week...

Right now, my brain is still travel weary and I could really use a glass of wine...

On the French Fridays with Dorie side of things... I made rice pudding. I made apples in a caramel-ish sauce. I ate them together. It was good.

If I were less brain dead, I am sure I would find something charming to say about it. The sound of the screaming child in the seat behind me is still piercing my eardrums.

The recipe for it can be found over here on Epicurious.

Peace out!

This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.


  1. Well, as much as I'd like to admit to fall once I feel the first dip in the weather, I definitely concede with my first apple dessert. Great post!

  2. Fall is in the air. I loved this dessert. Glad you had a great time at the conference.

  3. I enjoyed a Canadian Fall way back in 1991 and loved it!

    Love your post and your pudding, have a great weekend!

  4. It's still 80 degrees here, so not the right weather, but I'm definitely ready for the food!

  5. Definitely fall-like here too and this is a pretty good dish to welcome it! Welcome home!

  6. My kids are barely out of elementary school and I can't hand the sound of screaming children anymore... I feel for you. Impressed you got the dessert done. Sounds like quite a trip and you traveled far. I'm still wearing open toe shoes during the day. My house is colder than outside. Loving the change in season. REST you deserve it.

  7. oh how I yearn for fall! we don't get one here in Houston do I either (a) get very sad or (b) start making tons of fall- like foods.. this recipe may have to join the list! Hey, I'll be in the Saugerties area in early Nov. for a wedding, do you think I might. get some fall weather while there?

  8. I hate to tell you, girl, but fall is here. I wasn't seduced by the early arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Lattes this year. I'm waiting until it's October.
    I can't believe you made this when you got home from a very long trip... I'm glad you liked it. The rice pudding seems like comfort food to me, anyway. The apples are something I can't wait to make again.
    It was so great to meet you last week! Hope the rest of your vacation was fun.

  9. Yep, autumn is here. I actually love this season. the one which follows it tends to drag on a bit. Welcome back and looking forward to hear more about your trip.

  10. I loved meeting you & Joe! The whole experience seems surreal to me now! Thank you for carrying goodies to Teresa - I look forward to hearing more about that meeting and the rest of your trip, too. xoxo

  11. Flying is so romantic, Cher! You poor thing. But how fun your hobnobbing with the FFwD folk! Can't wait to hear all about it. After you take some time to rest first.

  12. I don't concede. It was 80 degrees here today. Do you think we will miss it completely? I have all these ingredients to make this this week as soon as the temperature drops a degree or two.

  13. There were 6 infants the last leg of our flight...none screaming though, whew. Glad you had time to whip this one up...and let a little bit of autumn in the door. It was fantastic to meet both you and Joe!!!

  14. Yep, it's definitely fall around here too. There's no getting around it. This pudding was a nice way to usher it in. I can't wait to here more details about your trip!

  15. I miss Autumn (fall) so much but Spring is quite nice too :D
    Delicious pudding!


  16. Cher, it is so nice to read that you all had such a wonderful time at the conference in Seattle - whish I could have been there too...alas, Seattle is pretty far away from here...
    Your rice pudding with the caramel apples looks so ncie and creamy - truly comfort food at its best!
    Hope life is treating you well this week - do take care!

  17. First, hi to Joe. Don't know if he will ever be the Dude again. And, before I say how wonderful and special it was to meet you in person, I just have to get this out. I brought back a Starbooks package of Pumpkin Spice Latte packets from Seattle. Is this our first food disagreement? Love the stuff. Your rice pudding and caramel apples looks mighty tasty - very pretty in your black/white dish. When did you get that made? It's taken me all week to catch up and my Life is far less complicated than yours. Take a deep breath and charge ahead, my friend. I am so grateful that you and Joe came West to the IFBC. I think the long week-end was an extraordinary experience for all of us who were lucky enough to come together. Just loved finally meeting you.

  18. I miss fall-like weather already. Count your blessings! And make sure to include that caramelly bath when you do. It looks darned tasty.

    Confession time: I've never had a pumpkin spice latte. If I'm missing out, please let me know.

  19. I guess Fall is here but it's still pretty warm during the day here!
    Great meeting you Cher and the 'dude'- I'm glad you made the long trip out to the left coast and it looks like you had some interesting travels which was fun to follow on Instagram....can't wait to read your re-cap of the weekend ;)
    I freely admit that I'm not a rice pudding type of gal....but then there's just more for those that love it!!!

  20. oh I have had a PSL BUT... BUT... it was legitimately cold here. Ok only for the morning, but I actually turned the heater on and I felt it was warranted. Even if it did warm up to 80 degrees sometime after noon, it felt good in the morning to have a PSL! :)

    Dont let summer hold you back! LOL!

  21. Loved FINALLY meeting you in person and Joe is fab as well. Still chuckling that we did so in Seattle of all places, but my it was a wonderful city. And convention, and Dorista meet up. And on and on. I walked on cloud nine for several days and then jet lag hit me with a vengeance. Still now playing catch up by my it was worth it. And thank goodness this was a straight forward recipe week. I must have chickened out on the heat or amount of time because my apples didn't get a ton of color- but we DID enjoy them. Welcome home. And ps- your post actually made me want pumpkin spice coffee (no latte in my kitchen) - not to be contrary but just cause I love it and FALL. And the Doristas :)

  22. Your black and white dish is so pretty and the pudding and apples look lovely! It was fun to meet you and the Dude:) The entire weekend was quite special and I have so many things to review in my mind. I'll be looking forward to hearing all about your trip and experiences!

  23. It was such a pleasure to finally meet you and Joe. I also, just got back, now in Florida, where I will be for three more weeks. However, this is like being home…just in a different house. I love the pumpkin spice lattes…they really taste like fall. So does your beautiful pudding…I’m making mine today!

  24. We're getting ready for our first plane trip with the baby. I really hope she isn't the screaming child behind someone! I'm impressed you made this and wrote the post right after arriving home. I usually just go to sleep!

  25. I'm just going through everyone's posts on this now that I've finally made this dish (a year late). It was so good to meet you and Joe last year and to read about everyone's IFBC adventures. And the pudding, it was good, too.


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