- If you’re a bit tired of serving pumpkin pie in the fall and want another way to enjoy that lovely pumpkin flavor, you might try Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy‘s Pumpkin Flan. This flan is a little denser and smoother than some other recipes, with a hint of cheesecake flavor to it thanks to the presence of cream cheese and cornstarch. Add in a little pumpkin puree, some pumpkin pie spices and a lot of caramel and you have a creamy, custardy dessert that is not only a good alternative to pie, but is something that might convert a few pumpkin pie fans.
- A great way to start off a wintery morning is with a slice of coffee cake, and the Cranberry Upside-Down Coffee Cake that If You Give a Girl A Cookie is a great option. This easy to make cake takes advantage of seasonally available fresh cranberries (although you can use frozen) and combines them with an orange and cinnamon spiked caramel to form the topping for this cake. The flavors are as bright as the finished cake is. Like many coffee cakes, this one could easy stand in for dessert if you prefer to serve it after dinner, too.
- Another dessert that offers a twist on a more classic variation are the Pecan Pie Sundaes from My Baking Addiction. These sundaes are basically pecan pie, deconstructed. They start with a scoop of ice cream, which is topped off with a homemade caramel sauce and a generous number of pecans. The garnish is a cinnamon-sugar sprinkled piece of crispy pie crust. Just be sure to try to get some of each component in every bite, for the full pecan pie a la mode effect!
- Mojitos are fun, flavorful cocktails that translate well into other desserts, like pie. Not Derby Pie‘s Mojito Cookies are another great example. These little slice-and-bake cookies have rum, mint and lime zest in them, just like their cocktail namesakes. The base, however, is a buttery shortbread-like cookie that is studded with crisp pieces of pecan. You get all of the delicious flavors of the cocktail presented in a whole new form with these, and because they are slice-and-bake, you can easily make the dough in advance and bake them up a few at a time when you could use a little taste of the tropics – not to mention some buttery cookie – to help you relax after a long day.
- Drop biscuits are one of the easiest breads to make, as they involve no kneading, folding or rolling of dough and are pretty much foolproof. Erin Cooks tested the foolproof nature of these biscuits by mixing in all kinds of goodies to make the buttery biscuits more flavorful and to see how they would turn out. The Black Pepper-Cheddar-Chive Drop Biscuits turned out beautifully, just as easy to make as the originals and with a great variety of flavors in every bite. These are a great side dish for dinner, and even better when you want a no-fuss homemade bread to serve alongside a big holiday dinner for a crowd.
Rodelle Vanilla and Organic Vanilla Extracts, reviewed
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