Fall is sinking its teeth into the Pacific Northwest and we’re all feeling the bite of winter coming on. To help you stay warm in the cooler weather, we’ve compiled some hearty fall recipes to try this year. Keep reading to see our top picks, and find even more great recipes on our Pinterest board here.
Maple Syrup: Not Just for Pancakes Anymore
Let’s get real today, friends. I know everyone goes crazy for pumpkin flavored fall treats, but I’m here to tell you the good news; there are other delicious fall flavors to enjoy, too. I’m here today to preach the Gospel of Maple.
Last Friday, I stopped by Trader Joe’s on my way home from work to pick up potatoes for my favorite beef and vegetable stew. I use my mother’s recipe, which she got from her mother. It’s good old fashioned American home cooking (read: lots of salt and butter). While I was there, I perused their bakery selection, as one does on a chilly fall afternoon. And there, nestled between the sea salt brownies and the coffee cake, I found it- the Maple Streusel loaf.
I’ve always loved maple- some may say that I moved to Portland just for the Maple Bacon Bar from Voodoo Donut. Naturally, I had to try this loaf.
Long story short, the loaf had disappeared by Sunday morning and I was fully converted into the cult of Maple.
The takeaway is this- Maple is delicious and a perfectly valid fall flavor. Even if you’re a pumpkin devotee, you may find that there’s room in your life for both.
Our Favorite Hearty Fall Recipes
There’s a good reason that pumpkin is so popular in fall baking- it’s the quintessential fall food. We visit pumpkin patches, carve pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, or decorate our whole houses in pumpkin motifs. Starbucks has ingrained the PSL into our collective consciousness. Pumpkins are big and orange just like the fall harvest moon (symbolism!). Versatile in flavor, pumpkins can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Let’s take a look at some unexpected uses of pumpkin in these hearty fall recipes.
I’ve already made my allegiance to maple known. For me, maple is a great fall flavor because the taste is synonymous with leaves changing on trees, fresh donuts, and hot coffee. Much like honey, maple is also full of antioxidants and nutrients, so you can pretend to be healthy while you gobble it down. Please join me in making maple the next fall flavor craze with these inspiring maple-infused fall recipes.
Cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors year-round. I put it in my coffee with a little sugar, and I have a mild addiction to the cinnamon rolls from my neighborhood grocer. It shines as an addition to pumpkin or apple-based desserts, and can literally spice up any sweet treat you want to make this fall. Here are some innovative hearty fall recipes that incorporate cinnamon in exciting ways.
Squash serves two very important functions; delightfully festive home decor, and delicious dinner addition. You’ve seen those bumpy, hard gourds in the supermarket and probably wondered just how to cook such a thing. Well, inside that hard, weird-looking exterior lies a squishy, delicious interior, just waiting to be baked to perfection. Let’s check out some hearty fall recipes featuring your favorite festive gourds.
Soups and Stews
Nothing says “hearty fall recipe” like a chunky soup or stew. My vegetable beef stew came out delicious as always. I love this recipe because it’s so simple, I usually have all of the ingredients on hand. The beauty of soups and stews is that the possibilities are endless, and you’ll probably have ingredients on hand to make these recipes, too.
You really can’t beat the set it and forget it meals made in a crockpot. Nothing beats coming home from work to a house that smells like pot roast or chicken and dumplings and the knowledge that dinner is ready! Check out these hearty fall recipes to save you time and dishes.
Baking Beautiful Bread
It happened like this- I found out Noel Fielding was one of the hosts of the Great British Baking Show. Then I discovered how delightful the show is, and how incredibly fun it looks to bake bread. All that kneading and proofing really revs my engine. Now, I’m buying decorative loaf pans and my kitchen is covered in flour. Let’s look at these bready recipes and find our next bake together.
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