Autumn Up Your Baking

We love this season (as you can see from our blog post last year: The Joys of Fall) there’s something about a crisp fall day, a glass of warm apple cider, and our snickerdoodle cookie that is what dreams are made of.

But our love doesn’t stop there.  We love fall decorations, the holidays, and the flavors (pumpkin anyone?).  And from our experience, so do a lot of you!  We wanted to share with your some of our favorite tips, tricks, and ideas for fall-themed cooking and baking.

imagesUse fall colored candies instead of chocolate chips in your baked good recipes.  Same flavor you’d expect but with a little crunch and a very fall feel.

Add pumpkin to everything and anything!  We like to substitute pumpkin for butter and oil in things like breads, cookies, and muffins.  But we also can’t get enough of pumpkin chili, pumpkin hash and eggs, and pumpkin “noodles”!  Poodles anyone?spice-cookies-with-pumpkin-dip

Use pumpkins as a fun way to serve food and drinks!  A cleaned hallowed out pumpkin
takes a little work, but we think it’s worth it for such a festive serving option! They are great for dips (or to hold that pumpkin chili!) and even drinks.
What’s the color most associated with fall?  Orange of course!  You can use orange food dye in a variety of food items to give them a fall theme.  Soft boiled eggs, whipped cream, cream cheese, cake batter, popsicles, water, ice cubes, yogurt…you name it, making it orange automatically makes it feel so seasonal.

Of course there are tools you can buy that make whatever you’re making into a fall shape as well.  We love these pumpkin shaped muffin tins!

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Have you tried any of our favorite ideas before? How did they turn out? Or do you have your own autumn inspired dish to share with us? We’d love to hear. Send us a message via Facebook, twitter, or email!