Fall is right around the corner, and with that comes evenings cheering on the high school football team, wrapped up in a blanket by a bonfire, or even catching up on all the great prime time television. There’s something extra cozy about autumn, especially because it brings a new palette of flavors that remind us of home-cooked meals. If you’re looking for your next recipe to master this fall, find some inspiration in these five favorite flavors of fall.
There’s a reason bloggers call it “pumpkin spice season,” and that’s ‘cause this gourd is everywhere. While it can be kind of controversial– even “basic”– to like pumpkin, there’s no escaping the lattes, pies, waffles, cheesecakes and oh so many more variations of this flavor throughout the fall. Try your hand at the #1 beverage for fall with this slow cooker pumpkin spiced latte recipe.
Nothing beats a refreshing bite of a crisp apple you just picked off the orchard tree. Apples are so versatile for fall recipes; you can create pies, cider and cakes, or enjoy an apple as a snack all on its own. Step up its flavor with some caramel sauce or a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bring this homemade apple crisp to your next neighborhood picnic.
Pecans nutty flavor can go in so many different directions. Your grandma makes a killer pecan pie, but don’t forget about the sweetness of candied pecans and pecan liqueur. There are even savory dishes like this pecan-stuffed butternut squash.
Take advantage of the natural sweetness in maple syrup. It can be used as a glaze for meats or veggies, or add moisture to a cake or other baked good. Have a tailgate coming up? Bring the ultimate football food with a fall twist with this maple candied bacon.
Pear may be a more underrated fruit for fall, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious. This sweet juicy fruit can perfectly combine with a savory or spicy dish, or it can be the central flavor in a pastry. Spread this pear butter on an English muffin to munch on during your morning commute.
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