Now that you’ve foraged pounds of apples, it’s time to get cooking. Start with the basics like Ina’s deep-dish apple pie or a simple salad. If you’re looking for something on the trendier side, hasselback your apples for a simple dessert with a pretty, Instagram-ready presentation. Chances are you’ll have more than enough apples to make a few of the dishes on this list. Read more
This is the cake for fall. The cake that will make people take their phones out and share it on social media, tagging you with #AmazingCake #BestBaker #CakeGoals #Wow. The cake no one will let you cut into until they have the perfect picture for Instagram. (Helpful hint: The Hefe filter is amazing for this cake!) This is the cake that will boost you to “legendary” status among friends and family. This is the cake that people will love to look at but love to eat even more. This is the cake that will make you the most-popular baker in the neighborhood. This is the cake that everyone will talk about — all the time. It’s just that good!
OK, so what is this cake? It’s a fresh apple-cinnamon beauty, and it’s the perfect way to usher in fall. It takes advantage of the “naked cake” trend and reveals its thick, rich layers of moist, apple-studded cake and fluffy frosting — that perfectly sweet caramel buttercream is the ideal complement to the traditional fall flavors of apple and spice. But here is where it gets decadent: the homemade mini butterscotch-dunked apples adorning the top of the cake. The final touch? Caramel drizzled over every nook and cranny, of course!
Today marks the very first day of fall, the time when you unearth your flannel from storage, shine your tucked-away boots and ready your kitchen for colder-weather fare. It’s also the time when there are apples aplenty, and any trip to the farm for picking (or even any trip to the supermarket) will have you loaded down with more crisp, juicy apples than you know what to do with. Celebrate the very start of the season with our favorite desserts starring apples, each with a stunning 5-star rating.
If you can slice an apple, you can bake Ina Garten’s pretty French Apple Tart. Simply splay tart apple slices over easy-to-make pastry dough and brush with apricot glaze before baking to give it a caramelized, golden finish.
While the rest of the world is losing their mind over pumpkin-flavored everything (um, ChapStick?! No, thanks), I can’t stop freaking out over my love for apple cider. And allllll the apple cider things.
Apple season is where it’s at, and it’s right now! We have months left to celebrate pumpkin, but we need to get our hands on the best apples right this minute and do a little more with them than slather them in peanut butter. You know?
Here’s the thing: I will apple cider anything I can get my hands on. I’ve even turned it into a verb. You can find me apple cidering all fall. Whatever you want to pumpkin, I want to cider.
We’ll always tout the virtues of baking from scratch, and that definitely goes for any cornbread you’re going to bake at home. With no need to rise and a simple mix-pour-bake technique, there’s no reason not to bake this most-glorious quick bread at home on the fly (and never from a box). And there are so many ways you can make it — just you wait and see.
A lot of recipes for cornbread call for buttermilk, which helps to keep it nice and tender, but this Buttermilk Cornbread one-ups the entire category by embracing buttermilk’s richness and delicious tang. The buttermilk that’s whisked into the batter is joined by heavy cream for added indulgence and white vinegar to take the tangy flavor one step further.
Summer has a way of uniting families at the dinner table for casual, unhurried meals, but in the fall, family night gets turned on its head. Kids go back to school, creating a flood of errands and to-dos: piano lessons, soccer practice, homework, etc. It can be hard to hold on to those carefree, restorative evenings set aside for catching up — and even harder if the kids have strong opinions about the menu. Our solution? The slow cooker. Take it down from the dusty cabinet where it’s been hibernating and let it do the hard work for you, starting with these five kid-approved recipes.
Slow-Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
This mild combination of cheddar, butter and tender macaroni will appease even the pickiest palates come dinnertime. For the creamiest results, combine the macaroni and cheddar with a blend of whole milk and evaporated milk; evaporated milk has less water than regular milk, so it produces an exceptionally rich, coat-your-spoon cheese sauce.
It happens to the best of us: You finally follow through with plans to go apple picking and get so caught up in the perfect fall moment that you come home with an overabundance of fresh apple cider. This year, don’t panic. Instead of throwing away the perishable gallons taking up prime real estate in your fridge, use them to make a range of recipes, including dessert, weeknight dinner and, of course, doughnuts!
Apple Cider Doughnuts (pictured above)
Fall wouldn’t be complete without a generous helping of apple cider doughnuts. This recipe from Food Network Magazine makes a dozen, glazed and rolled in cinnamon sugar.
In one more week, fall officially begins, and when it does, the nation will partake in a collective culinary shift. Coffee orders will transition from cold brew to espresso; comforting casseroles and slow-cooked stews will replace light salads and chilled soups come dinnertime. Most significantly of all, the market produce selections will switch from tart summer berries to apples, sweet potatoes and other hearty fall crops that pair so nicely with warming spices. Here at Food Network, we feel there’s no better way to usher in the new harvest than with a celebration of seasonal pies. These are a few of the flavors we’re anticipating most — apple, pumpkin and sweet potato — plus a few variations on each.
The Filling: Apple
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, sure. But toss the sweet-tart fruit with butter, sugar, lemon juice and fall spices and it becomes less of a preventive health measure and more a work of art. We can’t see any harm in piling them, sliced, into a deep, buttery crust either. What you decide to do with the decorative top layer is entirely up to you, but here are some popular variations.
The weighty pots in your kitchen likely didn’t get a lot of love the last few months, when lighter, cooler picks were in high demand. Now, whether the weather is reflecting it or not, we’ve got fall on the brain, and a big batch of soup is one of the first things we can’t wait to cook. These are the recipes that’ll fill our bowls first.
Break out the biggest pot in your kitchen for a cheesy, creamy dose of soup-induced comfort. Simply puree broccoli together with grated cheese, milk and half-and-half to get a taste of the crowd-favorite dish made right at home: Ree Drummond’s thick and hearty Broccoli Cheese Soup (pictured above). Read more
In case you missed it, last Tuesday marked the official return of Starbucks’ ever-popular autumnal latte — and this year, they’re debuting a cold PSL Frappuccino to help ease customers into the seasonal transition. (Bottled versions will be available in grocery stores nationwide starting this fall too.) The international coffee chain has managed to secure pumpkin spice’s status as a hallmark of fall flavor — which means that soon, a flurry of other brands will follow suit, rolling out their latest takes on the warming combination of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. If you’ve been looking forward to the return of sweet, spicy pumpkin all summer long but don’t want to risk wasting money on some of the new, experimental iterations, consider uncapping your own bottle of pumpkin pie spice and getting creative at home. Oatmeal, cinnamon buns, muffins and whoopie pies are just a few edible iterations that showcase the flavor in all of its comforting, spicy glory. Here are six recipes from Food Network Kitchen that show you just how it’s done.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
It might surprise you to find out that you need only a tiny amount of the spice that inspired the mania behind this rather simple latte: one-quarter teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, to be exact, along with one-quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract. The real key is to add a little pumpkin puree to the warm milk; it gives the latte extra body.