Autumn has (somewhat) officially arrived. I say somewhat because here in Austin fall is more of an illusion; it tempts us with brisk temperature in the morning and once the sun rises it laughs at us in our boots and sweaters and raises the temp to at least 80 degrees. Additionally, the Lone Star State severely lacks the array of colors Fall brings to the North.
I will say that (sadly) the 80 degree days are welcomed as fall weather and thus I celebrate the season with pumpkins and all that pumpkins accompany (read: any pumpkin flavored item, minus pumpkin spice lattes).
Thus, I’ve rounded up some of the ways you, too, can celebrate the season using recipes from different blogs. Enjoy!
Pull-Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread: good gosh, this stuff is THE BEST. I made this bread last fall and while it was one of the most time consuming recipes I’ve tried (you’re making the dough from scratch), it was one of the most rewarding. I still have friends requesting it a year later.
Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting: this one is much less labor intensive but HOW CUTE! If you’re not one for spending a lot of time decorating cupcakes (or you’re just in a time crunch), these are perfect. Simple design, great effect, delicious. Again, perfect.
Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Muffins: I always say that muffins are a great excuse to eat cupcakes for breakfast and this is no exception; these pumpkin white chocolate chip muffins are sure to be crowd-pleasers (or maybe just pleasing for you if you find it too hard to share these delicious treats). Not too sweet, just enough pumpkin–these are a great way to celebrate fall.
Like I said, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin spice lattes, but my favorite drink for fall is a chai tea latte. Starbucks sells Tazo Chai Tea Latte Concentrate and I could not be happier (also, if you do love the pumpkin, they have a Pumpkin Spice version…).
While food isn’t the only way to celebrate, obviously, it brings back memories and who objects to some tasty treats?