October is Here! : Flavors of Fall
There was some robust late-summer heat last week, but we’re also beginning to see changes in the leaves. Have you noticed a little fall color on your morning drive? It’s October, the equinox has happened, and it’s now officially time to savor the season of cozy comfort and vibrant color. We’ve all enjoyed our fill of summer flavors, but the official change into autumn requires a new sort of flavor palate. We thought we’d reintroduce you to the rich, warm spices of fall and share a FREE bonus White’s Bakery Recipe to jump start your fall kitchen!
The New England Classic: Apple
Warm days and cool nights make for crispy, sweet, delicious apples. There is nothing better than going to the orchard and sinking your teeth into a ripe apple right off the tree. Of course, this fruit yields all sorts of fun favorite treats. Apple cider, served warm with a whole cinnamon stick in a mug, is a timeless favorite. Apple turnovers, little pockets of gooey heaven, are another go-to autumn favorite. Here at White’s, we use this classic in our Caramel Apple Cupcake, which is topped with caramel french buttercream and streusel topping. We also use its elegant flavor in our Salted Caramel Apple Cake, which is layered with salted caramel french buttercream, and topped with salted caramel drizzle, torched apples and candied pecans. If you want to impress at the next potluck, you really should come in and grab a mix of each!
The Perfect Companion: Cinnamon
Cinnamon is often the warm go-to for fall cooking and baking. It comes up in a lot of our baking here at White’s, and over the years we’ve learned that adding just a dash can add interest and complexity in places that you may not expect. Aside from a warm cup of cider, cinnamon is a wonderful addition to coffee (add a sprinkle to your ground coffee before brewing). It provides a deep and rich note to baked apple creations, pumpkin and oatmeal treats, and can even add sophistication to savory dishes like roasted root vegetables (sprinkle it over carrots, parsnips and cauliflower for a surprising, elevated side dish!).
The Popular New Kid: Pumpkin
We know, we know: pumpkin is the fall staple that you can’t seem to get away from. It’s everywhere and it’s in everything. But good pumpkin, real pumpkin still has its place in our autumn culinary repertoire. What really brings pumpkin to life isn’t the pumpkin itself, but the spices we put in it. Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger (the secret weapon!) come together to make pumpkin a true fall delight. We’ve got a little something for every type of pumpkin lover here at White’s: a pumpkin spice cupcake, complete with french buttercream frosting spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. We offer pumpkin chocolate scones, bringing the satisfying flavor of buttermilk baking into the season with chocolate chips and pumpkin flavors. For the perfect fall addition to your next gathering, consider picking up our pumpkin cheesecake complete with a buttery graham cracker crust, whipped cream topping, caramel drizzle and pecans (another autumn staple!).
The Two-Season Surprise: Maple
When you think about savoring pure maple goodness, you might think about early spring. That’s totally understandable! But as the cozy, cool months return, maple makes a sneaky comeback, reminding us that it’s not a one-season wonder! We love adding maple to our oatmeal scones, sure to bring joy to any chilly autumn morning. Maple can also show up on your dinner table or even your holiday table: drizzle it over sweet potatoes for an incredible, sweet side dish. Maple-glazed carrots are also a delightful way to elevate that late-summer root vegetable. If you want to get bold in your culinary adventures, you might want to consider adding a maple glaze to your salmon or even your next chicken dinner!
The Quintessential Essential: Cranberry
We saved the best for last, of course! Cranberries are the cute little beauties who pack a tart, flavorful punch. A lot of families only break them out for that single Thanksgiving feast, but we know that cranberries have a lot to offer, especially for the fall menu. We’ve got them in our cranberry orange muffin right now, which is a really special flavor combination. If you like blueberry and lemon together, you are going to love orange and cranberry! Cranberry lends a wonderful sweet-tart taste to savory dishes, too! Add cranberry sauce to chili sauce for a new twist on meatball appetizers. Want to get really fancy? Roast a duck on a cold Sunday and paint it with a cranberry glaze. Your family or guests will be so impressed!
Speaking of cranberry, don’t forget to try our Cranberry Pecan Artisan Bread. To see this bread in action, scroll down for our FREE Pecan Overnight Baked French Toast Recipe!
Fall is a great time to reawaken your taste buds by kicking up the spice and expanding your menu with new techniques and flavor combinations. Looking for inspiration? We hope you’ll come in and try our seasonal items! They are perfect way to start off the season on the right foot.
What are your favorite spices of the season? We’d love to know what’s on your menu! Remember to make your orders for autumn party baked goods and café items, too!
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