17 Sep Fall is Here – Fall Recipes & Cocktails
Ahhhh, it’s finally here, every Midwesterner’s favorite time of year. Ugg boots… colorful leaves…crisp air… pumpkin spice EVERYTHING…fall has finally fallen upon us. And what better way to ring in the new season than to have a fall get together, complete with all sorts of pumpkin deliciousness? Better still, the taste of this illustrious, effervescent season goes far beyond a plethora of pumpkin spice varieties of…well, everything. Nor does the season have to be symbolized by those cringe-worthy space boots. Here are some tips and recipes for throwing the perfect fall fiesta.
Caramel Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting (recipe c/o www.tasteandtellblog.com)
½ cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon cloves
¾ cup milk
2 cups chopped tart apples
½ cup caramel apple dip (found in the produce section)
½ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
3 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line 24 muffin tins with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add in the sugar and beat until
light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
3. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda
4. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix until combined. Add half of
the milk, mix, then ½ of the remaining flour, the remaining milk and then the remaining flour,
beating in-between additions. Stir in the chopped apples.
5. Divide the mixture between the prepared cups, filling each about ⅔ full. Bake until the center
springs back when touched, about 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
6. Spread about 1 teaspoon of the caramel topping on top of each cupcake.
7. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and cook until
dissolved, a few minutes. Stir in the cream. Remove from the heat and add in half of the
powdered sugar. Beat until combined, then add the remaining powdered sugar. Add the
vanilla then beat until smooth and shiny. Transfer to a piping bag and pipe the frosting on top
of the caramel sauce.
Football Shaped Cookies (Laces out, Dan!) (c/o www.tasteofhome.com)
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 to 5 tablespoons hot water
3 to 4 teaspoons baking cocoa
1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating
well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cream of tartar and baking soda;
gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a football-shaped
cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
4. In a large bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and enough hot water to achieve spreading
consistency; beat until smooth. Place 3 tablespoons glaze in a small bowl; set aside.
5. Add cocoa to remaining glaze; stir until smooth. Spread brown glaze over cookies. Pipe white
glaze onto cookies to form football laces. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.
EASY Apple Pie Tart
- 1 refrigerated pie crust (9-inch single crust pie)
- 1 (21 oz.) can Apple Pie Filling
- 1 fresh lemon
- 1 tablespoon butter, cut into small cubes
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 425° F.
- Place pie crust on a rimless baking sheet lined with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray. Dust a rolling pin and parchment paper with flour and roll pastry into a rough 13-inch circle.
- Place pie filling in center of pastry, leaving a 2-inch border all around.
- Fold pastry back over pie filling to make an uneven edge of 1-1/2 inches, leaving center of pie filling exposed. Sprinkle sugar over pastry border. Top with more apple slices.
- Bake 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Serve with ice cream if desired. Top with cinnamon and powdered sugar.
Spice and Everything Nice Cocktail (c/o http://www.punchbowl.com/)
1.5 oz Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice
3 oz Sparkling Apple Cider
Small squeeze of lemon
Shake Kahlúa and lemon and top with sparkling cider. Garnish with dash of nutmeg or cinnamon
and an apple slice.
Our Top 5 Fall Beers:
1. Leinenkugel Harvest Patch Shandy
2. Leinenkugel Heart of Oak- Oaked Vienna style lager
4. Southern Tier Pumpking
5. Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream Pumpkin Ale