Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.
Fiery foliage and jumping into leaf piles… crisp mornings and warm spices… comfort food and oversized sweaters. I’m technically December-baby but fall in New England is my jam. There’s nothing else quite like it.
Oh and apple picking. Can’t forget apple picking.
One apple-picking-perk? Apple crisp. There’s nothing quite like sweet and spicy warm apples topped with an super crispy, crumbly crust, right? Last weekend, I got together with a couple of my favorite people (…and can’t forget my fave pup, Pebbles!) to tackle crisp-making.
We worked with a super simple recipe from A Family Feast that Amanda found on Pinterest – and doubled up the recipe to up all of the (20+) apples that we had.
Pebbles was super helpful with peeling…
We had fun peeling, chopping, mixing and crumbling — and followed the recipe almost to the tee. We added more oats than it called for – and I’m glad we did. It was definitely a sweet recipe, but not TOO sweet…but it could have gone there reallllly fast. I think if I use this recipe again, I’d use less brown sugar and add more oats.
I mean…c’mon you can’t really go wrong with a buttery, sweet crust? Really buttery…like Paula-Deen-would-approve buttery.
After 40 minutes of hanging out in the oven, it came out golden brown, bubbly and crunchy….
Not too shabby for a Sunday night??
….and breakfast the next morning. Whoops.
Aaaand, I’m back [again].
Bring on the pumpkin.
I know, I know.
The blog world has been inundated with pumpkin recipes as of late.
…but I’m still adding one more to it. 🙂
Tis the season, right?
This past weekend was probably the perfect example of New England in the fall.
It was cool – but not cold. Most of the leaves had turned their autumn shades of gold, red and yellow – and there was a persistant breeze that swirled the fallen leaves all over the yard.
Oh, and it brought down a tree at 11:45 at night…fun.
Needless to say, I was inspired to break out the mix(er) and make something pumpkin-y.
In came a lovely little mix that has been residing in my pantry for far too long:
Now – I know I’ve discussed this in the past…I love from-scratch baking…but I have absolutely nothing against a good mix. People don’t necessarily enjoy something more just because you slaved over a million and one ingredients, and spent an entire day in the kitchen (no matter how much you enjoy it).
Plus, like I was saying to Meg from A Dash of Meg on Twitter…a mix just shortens the time between whipping it together and being able to shove it into my face. 🙂
Pumpkin puree and eggs were added to the mix – and I added walnuts and dark chocolate chips. Dark Chocolate & Pumpkin are inseparable in my kitchen.
While this mix is actually a cake mix – I baked it like I would a banana bread…and it came out deeelicious. The ends were chewy and the bread itself was really moist and studded with all of those walnuts and chocolate chips.
Dessert bread perfection.
- What are some of your favorite fake-outs and mixes??
Ahh – fall is in the air. Woke up to a verrrry chilly house and an even chillier breeze outside.
Nevertheless, it was a beautiful, crisp day. I truly love Fall in New England.
To fully appreciate the crisp morning…I broke out pumpkin in the best way I knew how….
Specifically – Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Oats.
Oats – I’ve missed you!
- What’re your Fall faves?? I love pumpkin oatmeal (though not too much pumpkin..) and pumpkin coffee. Oh…and apple picking!!