As Fall approaches, we welcome the prospect of baking favorite comfort foods and desserts on a crisp, cool day. The following recipes will delight your family and make your kitchen smell amazing!
1. Baked apples with oatmeal centers: Choose four of your favorite baking apples; Gala is a good choice. Core the apples and scoop out an area in each center, then arrange the apples on a rimmed baking sheet. Mix 1 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup brown sugar, and 2 tsp cinnamon in a bowl, then cut in 1/3 cup butter until combined. Spoon 1/4 of the mixture into each apple. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 25-30 minutes. Drizzle caramel sauce on top and serve with vanilla bean ice cream.
2. Easy chocolate chip pumpkin spice muffins: Combine 1/3 cup applesauce, 1 can pumpkin, and 1 box vanilla spice cake mix in a large bowl, then fold in 6 oz. semisweet or milk chocolate chips. Spoon into 12 cupcake liners (3/4 full). Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
3. Delicious blackberry pie: In a saucepan, combine 1 1/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup quick-cooking tapioca, and 1/4 tsp salt. Add 1 cup blackberries, then toss to coat and let stand for 15-20 minutes. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until mixture boils gently. Remove from heat and stir in 3 additional cups of blackberries. Line a pie plate with fresh pastry dough, and add blackberry filling. Add small dots of butter throughout (total of 2 tbsp). Use another sheet of pastry dough to cover the top of the pie, then trim and seal the edges. Cut three slits in the top, then brush lightly with an egg wash and sprinkle with 1 tbsp sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
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