The fall baking season is full of warm, spicy flavors and tends to center around pumpkin and apples when it comes to dessert. Halloween is just around the corner, but I’m not ready for spooky sweets quite yet. This week’s roundup is full of recipes that will get you through the whole season, not just Halloween.
- I always enjoy baklava, especially when it is homemade. Eating Elsewhere‘s Spiced Apple Baklava is a delicious twist on this traditional pastry that is a excellent option for fall entertaining. The dessert features layers of crisp phyllo and a spiced apple filling that is rich with walnuts and almonds. The finished dish is a bit like an apple pie, but in a whole new format.
- Regular readers will know that banana bread is a staple in my kitchen and that I’m always on the hunt for new variations. Comfort Cooking‘s Pumpkin Banana Bread with Vanilla Glaze offers a seasonal option for those who want to give their banana bread a little something extra. The recipe makes two loaves and includes both pumpkin and banana purees, along with a whole bunch of fall spices. These loaves keep well, too, so you don’t have to eat them all at once.
- Home and Palate offers up a quick Easy Apple Crisp Galette that is a great option for a weeknight dessert. The tart is built on store bought pie crust (you can use homemade, if you want to) and has a filling of apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and oatmeal. The mixture acts as a base for the apples, so they don’t get the crust soggy, as well as a topping for the tart. You’ll be ready to eat in under an hour, so keep some vanilla ice cream handy.
- Since dessert isn’t the only thing that is on the menu in the fall, you might want to take a peek at the Maple Brown Butter Skillet Cornbread from Seasoned Sprinkles as a side dish option. This tender cornbread is made with browned butter and real maple syrup. It’s baked in a cast iron skillet, which means that it has a lovely presentation in addition to being flavorful. This cornbread is gluten free, but it can also be made with all purpose flour.
- Recipe Throwback: If you’re a candy corn fan, these Candy Corn Mini Cakes will be almost too cute to resist.Â The tiny, honey-scented cakes are layered with yellow and orange icing, then frosted to look like little candy corns. A touch of honey in the icing ties it in with the cake and also gives it a candy corn flavor (because the good brands are made with real honey). Put these out for a party and I guarantee they’ll be gone before the real candy corn is!