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Hi Bold Bakers!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THESE RECIPES: Fall desserts are as much a part of this season as the delightful shift in the air. To sweeten your autumn celebrations, I’ve curated my 15 Finest Fall Recipes.
Leaves gracefully descend, cozy sweaters reemerge, and the unmistakable aroma of spice lattes fills cafes. But what truly captures the heart during this season are the comforting, tailor-made warm desserts like Self-Saucing Pecan Cobbler for these cool, crisp days. The enchanting scent of cinnamon from Apple Cider Donut Cake, the soul-warming richness of flavors from Authentic Irish Apple Crumble – it’s all part of the fall magic. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply seeking a cozy night in, these treats embody the essence of the season. Join us on a delightful journey through the flavors of fall, all conveniently gathered in one place.
Who doesn’t love a good Apple Strudel? Every time I eat it I feel warm and nostalgic. The tender apples, soft raisins, aromatic cinnamon sugar, and layers of flaky pastry create a harmonious blend of contrasting flavors and textures, making it a fantastic dessert for fall or any time of the year!
My Mum’s Apple Crumble has a special place in my heart. It’s the first recipe I ever made with my Mum as a kid. Not only does it hold fond memories for me but also it’s delicious! The soft apples combined with the buttery topping make for the perfect dessert for a fall day. It can also be made in under 1 hour! It’s even better when paired with my velvety, floral and creamy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.
If you haven’t yet indulged in the delightful combination of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins, you’re in for a treat you won’t want to miss. The infusion of pumpkin not only enhances moisture but also imparts a delectable fall-inspired flavor, complete with a festive orange hue. It’s a surprising revelation how seamlessly pumpkin and chocolate harmonize. And to top it off, the sweet, crunchy finish elevates this treat to one of the perfect fall recipes.
While you might be familiar with the classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake, have you ever experienced the delightful twist of a Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake? It’s a wonderful autumn-inspired rendition of the beloved dessert, following the same upside-down concept but featuring luscious, warm apples and a decadent drizzle of Salted Caramel Sauce. Plus, there’s an extra element of fun as you flip the cake after it emerges from the oven, adding an interactive touch to your fall baking adventure!
Do I really need to convince you to whip up a batch of these irresistible Pumpkin Donuts? Their mouthwatering appeal practically speaks for itself. Just take a moment to admire those delectable, tender, slightly crispy rings of goodness. And let’s not forget that enticing glaze! It sets to a glossy, sugary perfection that adds an extra layer of delight. With the infusion of pumpkin and aromatic spices, these donuts are the quintessential fall recipes. Seriously, you need to try these this autumn.
Caramel Apples are a staple of the fall season. I love going apple picking and using freshly picked apples to make Caramel Apples. But these are no ordinary Caramel Apples, they are honey apples! Honey goes great with apples and gives them a deeper, sweet flavor. I like to roll mine in toasted peanuts for added flavor and texture but you can eat them plain or use any toppings you like!
If you’re planning a grand fall gathering, our Pumpkin Slab Pie is the ultimate choice! Featuring a velvety, creamy pumpkin custard filling that rivals the classic pumpkin pie in flavor, it comes in a larger-than-life size, generously serving up to 14 guests. What sets it apart is the thicker, more indulgent crust that boasts a rich buttery flavor, which some might even find preferable to the traditional pie crust. And if the slab pie feels a tad too extravagant, we’ve got you covered with our equally delectable regular-sized Pumpkin Pie.
These heavenly Apple Pie Blondies scream fall with three impressive layers! What I love more about this than brownies is that the streusel topping is very similar to Apple Crumble, which is the first thing I baked with my mom at the age of seven. It gave me unforgettable fond food memories and I’ve loved the scrumptious caramelized, deep, rich flavor of baked apples ever since. To make it even better, top it with Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and my Apple Cider Caramel Sauce.
While apple pies and pumpkin pies are favorite fall recipes, it’s worth noting that Pear Pie often goes under-appreciated during this season. Pears make some of my favorite desserts, including this pie. This pie is bursting with fall flavors such as cinnamon and nutmeg and is wrapped in a gorgeous, buttery pie crust. I promise if you try this, you’ll add it to your yearly favorites.
Much like Pear Pie, Pear Cake is a delightful autumnal treat that tends to fly under the radar. And pairing pears with honey… even better! While baking, the juice from the pears on top drips into the cake making it so moist and infusing the whole cake with fruity, pear flavor. Between the juicy pears and the spiced cake, this is the perfect hearty cake for breakfast, tea time, or any time this fall!
11. Pure Maple Candy
Maple ranks high among my cherished autumn flavors, and if you share that love for maple, you’re in for a treat with these Pure Maple Candies! Crafted from a single, pure ingredient – maple syrup – these candies boast simplicity at its finest. By carefully cooking maple syrup to a precise temperature, we achieve a fudge-like texture that’s nothing short of exquisite. With its delightful, slightly gritty texture from sugar crystals that gracefully dissolve on your palate, these candies are bound to leave a lasting impression on guests or make for a delightful homemade Halloween treats this year!
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love this Maple Gooey Butter Cake. This autumn spin on a traditional St. Louis butter cake delivers the same luxuriously dense and buttery texture, all infused with the warm embrace of autumn’s maple notes. It’s everything its name promises: delectably sweet, irresistibly gooey, and overflowing with the rich flavors of maple. Between the layers of moist maple butter cake and the lusciously gooey maple cream cheese topping, you’re in for a double dose of maple-infused bliss that’s guaranteed to satisfy your sweet cravings.
This dessert is one of my favorite fall recipes because it combines the richness of cheesecake with warm autumn flavors. Every element of this luscious cheesecake – from the buttery cookie crust to the velvety cheesecake filling, the tenderized apples, and the indulgent salted caramel sauce – is a delectable delight in its own right. However, when these exquisite components unite, it’s a symphony for your taste buds that you won’t soon forget. It may appear complex, but each element harmonizes perfectly, resulting in a decadent masterpiece. And let’s not forget to appreciate its stunning visual appeal!
Do you have a soft spot for apple cider donuts? If so, you’ll love this Apple Cider Donut Cake. It tastes exactly like an apple cider donut from the spiced, moist center to the sweet cinnamon sugar coating. It’s so much easier to make than donuts and is also healthier since it’s not fried. Try it with Vanilla Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce to make it extra delicious.
I know what you’re probably thinking… how can pecans make a yummy, saucy cobbler? It’s basically magic — so you’ll have to make it to see. From the moist, sweet cake on top to the caramelized, gooey pecans on the bottom, this Self-Saucing Pecan Cobbler is as miraculous as it is delicious.
Hi Bold Bakers! I’m Gemma Stafford, a professional chef originally from Ireland, a cookbook author, and the creator of Bigger Bolder Baking. I want to help you bake with confidence anytime, anywhere with my trusted and tested recipes and baking tips. You may have seen one of my 500+ videos on YouTube & TikTok or as a guest judge on Nailed It! on Netflix or the Best Baker in America on Food Network. No matter your skills, my Bold Baking Team & I want to be your #1 go-to baking authority.