This season is filled with delicious fruits, and for me, that means that it is one big sweet season. No better time for experimenting with new and interesting desserts, and if you agree, you will love these fall desserts recipes I prepared for you!
Cooking is one thing, and it is necessary if you want your family to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, but, making desserts is something completely different. I see desserts as a form of hedonism, and nothing makes me feel better and happier than seeing smiles on the faces of those who eat my newest sweet treats.
1. Fall Fruit Dipped in Caramel Hazelnut Fondue
There’s nothing better than a chocolate fountain if you’re entertaining. It’s a reason for people to get out of their seats, and experiment with what you prepared. Plus, it is a lovely thing to see – sweet cream falling, and dripping… No one can resist this dessert, and that’s why I love making it.
1 cup water
10 cups sugar
2 cups corn syrup
2 cups hazelnut syrup
2 cups heavy whipping cream
In a large saucepan combine the water, corn syrup and sugar. Stir these over high heat until melted and golden brown. Remove from heat. Allow bubbles to dissipate. Stir a bit if necessary.
Slowly add the cream while stirring. Be careful while doing this, as hot caramel might bubble, and you might end up burned.
Add flavoring syrup and butter, and stir them in until smooth. If the fondue thickens while you’re doing this, return it to heat. If necessary, add half a cup of hot water to adjust the consistency.
Cook over low heat for another 20-30 minutes, while stirring, until your fondue is completely smooth.
Pour in the chocolate fountain, and turn it on. According to my experience, apples, pears, pretzels and cookies taste amazing when dipped into this.
2. Popcorn Cake
If you are celebrating your kid’s birthday, then you need some really creative recipes. You know that kids won’t eat anything as boring as red velvet, and that’s why you should make them a cake that they will love. This cake is easy to make, lovely to eat, and sufficiently colorful to get the kids at least to try it. Perfect, right?
2 bags of popcorn
2 cups M&M’s
1 2/3 cups pretzel sticks
9 cups mini marshmallows
½ cup butter
Use your popcorn popper to make buttered popcorn. Pick out the kernels that failed to pop.
Prepare a bundt pan, spray with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix the popcorn, M&M’s and broken pretzel sticks.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. When melted, add marshmallows, and stir until smooth and completely melted. Remove from heat and keep stirring for another 2 minutes.
Pour marshmallow over the popcorn mix and stir until ingredients are well combined.
Press into the bundt pan. Cover with foil and leave to cool for two hours.
Run a butter knife around the edges to loosen the cake from the pan.
Cut and enjoy.
3. Vanilla-Cinnamon Cream Shaved Ice
Some people love hot desserts during this season, but to me, fall is all about the aroma, and not so much about the heat. I’ve been reading Spanish cuisine cookbooks, and found inspiration among all those creative recipes. Also, I have to say, I prefer lighter desserts – which is why I bought a shaved ice machine and started experimenting. If you are with me on this one, you’ll love this shaved ice recipe.
1 can evaporated milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
½ cup heavy whipping cream
8 cups shaved ice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Take a large bowl and pour condensed milk, heavy cream, evaporated milk and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined. Put in a pitcher and then into the fridge for an hour to cool.
Make shaved ice, divide between 4 tall glasses. Pour cream over each glass. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top.
4. The Ultimate Autumn Smoothie
You bought a juicer, but you barely ever use it? I know, we all bought them, and forgot about these kitchen appliances completely. Well, they can be used in more ways than one. Just imagine, a hearty dinner has come to an end, you want to make a tasty dessert, but you don’t want to slave the night away, what do you do? Give up? No. Use your juicer to make a stellar dessert, that’s what.
1 cup of raspberries
1 cup of coconut milk
½ tablespoon nutmeg
½ tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
Core and chop the apple.
Freeze the banana
Wash the raspberries
Place all these ingredients in a juicer. You should get a delicious creamy dessert in a lovely shade of pink.
5. Spicy Pumpkin Ice Cream
You probably noticed that I love pumpkin in every shape and form. I really do. I believe that it should be used as much as possible during the season, and that is why I decided to share this pumpkin ice cream recipe with you. You will get the richness of pumpkin, but combined with all those flavors you enjoy so much in those Starbucks spice coffees. It requires very little time, and when it’s done, you’ll realize that even if the preparation lasted ten times longer, it would still be worth it. Scoop and enjoy!
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Take a large bowl, and use a hand mixer to mix them all together until they are well combined.
Freeze according to the manual of your ice cream maker.
Place the ice cream in a container that is freezer safe, and then put it in the freezer for 2 hours or more, in order to let it firm properly.
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