The air is crisp, the morning’s brisk. The leaves burst in vibrant oranges and deep reds. It is fall, even if it’s feeling, well, a little different. In 2020, neighborhood Trick-or-Treat may become pod parties, while school costume day is replaced with kitchen costume takeover. But with a bit of creativity this fall, too, can be just as sweet.
Turn off that steady beat of chaos and turn on some Halloween radio and lean into the familiar, sweet and savory flavors of autumn.
Three scrumptious, fall family treats await to help brrrrr-ring in the cooler weather. While you get baking, we’re busy getting our signature high-fiber flour ready for checkout, so your delicious treats can have that much needed health kick! (Sign up here for all the updates.)
Ghost Sugar Cookies
Boo! These paranormal pastries finish with a super cute (might I say chic?) look, and are simple to make. We suggest a cold cookie dough before you cut out your ghosts. If you skip this step, your ghosts will look more like a balloon than a banshee after baking. Once you’ve made all your cut-outs, stick them in the freezer for a few to ensure your ghosts retain their shape during baking.
That being said, our favorite part about these ghost sugar cookies is that even if your confections end up looking more like a sloppy Slimer than a cut-out Casper, they’re still going to taste delicious.
Pumpkin Rolls with Rosemary and Sea Salt
“On your marks. Get set. Bake!”
Anyone else been bingeing The Great British Baking Show as a way to pretend like everything is normal? This is your chance to rustle up the kiddos for your very own stay-at-home Bread Week.
Head to the pumpkin patch and slice that imperfect pumpkin into big, fresh chunks for these delicious dinner/lunch/breakfast/anytime rolls. But if a trip to the pumpkin patch is just not in the cards this year, pass granted: grab a can of pumpkin puree from the grocery (we fully support the path of least resistance).
There’s a bit of math involved in the measuring, timing and proofing of the dough, so this bake earns you bonus points for a family activity that sneaks in lessons akin to homework, but leaves screens out of the equation.
Once these soft, aromatic pumpkin rolls are all baked up, it’s time for the fun part. Every hand raises for this assignment: slather them with a honey butter glaze, flecks of sea salt and rosemary garnish. Enjoy immediately. And later. A-MAZ-ING.
Apple Cinnamon Bread
Are you swimming in more apples than you know what to do with since that last trip to the orchard? Then this is for you.
We’re calling it an apple cinnamon bread, but it could just as easily be called an apple cake. Either way, you’re going to dig this (soon to be nutrient dense!) comfort food. This sweet bread recipe does NOT require yeast, is made of pantry staples and stays delicious for up to five days in the fridge. But if your family is the type to gobble it up, props to you (because, YUM!).
This bake will fill your home with an irresistible cinnamon sugar aroma that’ll leave you salivating for the first warm bite. Pare them down to mini loaves or size ‘em up to monstrous proportions. Or opt to make muffins! It’s 2020, so there’s no “normal”. Looking to cut down on the fattier components of this recipe? Swap in applesauce for the oil or skip the crumbly, sugary topping altogether.
We know this year’s been chock full of changes and filled up with things beyond control. It’s hard to keep up.
As you sort through what you can do, we hope family baking is one way you can embrace the messiness of the season with some quality time, shoulder-to-shoulder with the ones you love. Perhaps there’s a moment to let out some frustration and throw some flour around. Anger management can be fun. Take it outside if you prefer to minimize the clean up 😉). It’s like snow in fall.
Here’s to baking delicious goodies that line your stomach with healthier, responsibly sourced ingredients and your memory bank with bright spots to round out this wild year.
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