Fall is a great time to explore and watch the leaves change color, but some nights are best spent cuddled up at home in pajamas. For those chilly stay-at-home evenings, baking is one of the best pastimes. On your next night in, put together a sweet homemade treat for you and your loved ones with one of these easy recipes.
Pumpkin Nutella Muffins
If you’re a chocolate nut (was that a Nutella pun?), you might be hesitant to trade your go-to treats in for some fall flavors, but why not have both? These Pumpkin Nutella muffins give you the best of both worlds!
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup pumpkin (canned)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
By hand or in a stand mixer, combine pumpkin, sugar, and brown sugar. Add the egg, vegetable oil, milk and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients, except for nutella. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet, making sure it’s not lumpy.
Line your muffin tin with some cute fall cupcake liners and fill a little more than halfway. Add about a tablespoon of Nutella on top of each, and swirl together with a toothpick or fork. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, and voila!
Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
Okay, so this isn’t really a “baked” recipe, but it’s definitely homemade! Well, sort of. Donuts can be an incredibly difficult task for the home baker, especially if you’re looking to fry them in oil. Getting the dough correct is one of the hardest parts. Who wants to waste time waiting for the dough to rise when you’re ready for a snack right now? Luckily, there’s an easy hack for frying up donuts at home that provides maximum results with minimal effort.
Tube of large biscuits (like Pilsbury’s Grands! Original Biscuits)
Vegetable or Canola Oil
This recipe is incredibly simple. Fill a large pot about two inches high with oil and heat on the stovetop on medium. While the oil is heating, pop open the pack of biscuit dough. You can cut out the centers to make donut holes, or simply use your fingers to create a hole in the middle, about an inch in diameter.
Once the oil is hot, slowly and carefully place the biscuit dough (now donut dough!) into the oil and fry on both sides for about 1 ½ – 2 minutes each. Do not overcrowd the pan! You may have to do this in batches.
When they are a nice golden brown color, place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Once cooled, melt some butter and brush onto the donuts, then coat in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. You can also add nutmeg for an extra kick, or drizzle with melted chocolate for an extra decadent creation.
Apple Pie Bars
Apple is a signature flavor for fall, and there’s nothing better than a warm apple pie on a fall day. However, sometimes life gets in the way, and between working, taking care of the kids, and searching for Banff homes for sale, it can be hard to find a night to take on this time-consuming project. Fortunately, apple pie bars are just as delicious and can be whipped up in a jiffy!
4 apples chopped into cubes
2 tsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp + 1 tsp flour
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 cups flour
3/4 cup and 1 tbsp butter (cold), cut into small cubes
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
First, you’ll need to take care of the most daunting task – peeling, coring, and cutting up the apples into small cubes. Put them into a bowl and toss in lemon juice, sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients for the crust, then add in the cubed butter and mix together with your hands or two forks until it is blended well.
Line a greased 8-inch square pan with parchment paper with some hanging over the edges and fill with 2/3rds of the crust mixture. Top with apple filling, and then the remainder of the crust, making sure to crumble the crust dough in your hands as you add it on top. Bake for about an hour at 350, and that’s it! Be sure to wait for it to cool before digging in.