My favorite season is here! I love the Fall. I love hoodies, blankets, snuggly pets, new season of TV shows (Gossip Girl is finally back!) and not having to spend money on A/C or heat! Zach’s reasons to love Fall are football (all 8 games at the same time on NFL ticket) and candy pumpkins. Priam (the dog) loves the fall because he can run and play at the park longer instead of dying of heat exhaustion after 5 minutes. And the Honey and Odie (the cats) now have an excuse to never leave the bed (because it’s cold and the bed is snuggly). Wait, the cats never leave the bed no matter what season it is. Never mind.
However, we all love treats made with apples, pumpkins, and pears. The variations are endless; pies, donuts, muffins, cupcakes, roasted, caramelized, candied, or just plain and fresh. I went a bit nuts the other day at the store, when I was supposed to only pick up a few ingredients for a salad that I was bringing to a work function, and picked 2 bags of beautiful organic, locally grown Granny Smith apples too. What to do with a bunch of apples? Make a pie, or a pie-cake! I used Martha Stewart’s recipe but had so many apples left over that I made muffins too, and still had a tupperware of sliced apples left in the fridge. Maybe because my pan is not as high (my pan was a 3″ high spring-form pan), but I suggest to only use 1/2 of the apples required (6).
Expect to see many more goodies and recipes for the Fall in the next few weeks from me. I will be trying to cram in a full month of Fall fun, before we head off on our 2 week vacation (finally!) to China and Taiwan in the middle of October. We will be missing some traditional October events at the Manchester household (like going to Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm to watch the Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur), but we will not be missing out on the eats and treats!
Next up, roasted pears with Guinness Syrup. Tune in!