The days grow shorter, the leaves are painted vibrant shades of red and gold, and there is a hint of crispness in the air. It is time for fall foods! This season brings with it a bounty of flavors, from comforting soups to warming spices, making it the perfect time to cozy up and indulge in heartwarming meals. To celebrate the beauty of autumn, I have curated a list of 15 delectable fall recipes from Homestyle Alchemy that will fill your home with the aroma of cinnamon, cloves, and all things autumn.
“My favorite color is October.” —Anonymous
1. Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
These Pumpkin Spice Pancakes are packed with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and a little black pepper to make the taste pop. The yogurt in the pancake batter helps to create super fluffy and flavorful pancakes. These will not turn out flat and doughy. When paired with Vermont maple syrup and a scoop of Fig Jam, you are in for a sweet fall treat.
2. Pumpkin and Chicken Curry
This Pumpkin and Chicken Curry has a pumpkin puree base deeply seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, garam masala, cardamom, fenugreek, and garlic. You can add chilies for spice, but you can always leave them out if the heat is too strong; the ginger alone adds some kick. Maple syrup is added at the end for a touch of sweetness. Very divine and hearty, especially with basmati rice.
3. Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
This is classic Chicken Noodle Soup. The best part about this soup, however, is that the ingredients are easily interchangeable. You can make this soup as fancy or as practical as you would like and substitute vegetables as you see fit. The delicious broth, chicken, vegetables, and egg noodles make it a classic for chilly days and sick days.
4. Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
This classic Chicken and Dumplings recipe is hearty and loaded with delicious, fluffy dumplings. In my variation, I use leeks instead of celery as a flavor preference. However, celery works just fine. You can also substitute any of the onions with shallots, extra garlic, scallions, or chives. I typically make chicken and dumplings with chicken breasts because I prefer the leaner, healthier meats, but chicken on the bone is more economical and often more flavorful.
5. Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew
This Brunswick Stew was inspired by my trip to Colonial Williamsburg where I enjoyed the stew at Josiah Chowning’s Tavern. This dish is filled with flavorful shredded chicken and seasonal and local vegetables. I used local barbeque sauce and the Colonial Seasoning Spice Blend that I found at the Spice and Tea Exchange to enhance the flavor further. The stew has a peppery, fresh taste that is unique yet satisfying. It was delicious served with homemade sourdough. This is the sort of stew you want when curled by a burning fire on a chilly evening.
6. Oven Roasted Delicata Squash
Oven Roasted Delicata Squash is absolutely delicious. Fall is such a wonderful season since you can find some of the most interesting squash varieties during this time of year. Delicata squashis one such variety. It is a cylindrical shaped gourd with characteristic green stripes. When it is roasted, it is tender and sweet.
7. Fig Jam
When compared with store bought Fig Jam, homemade has more character with caramel notes, sweetness, and gooey skins. It’s candy-like! I love it slathered on a slice of homemade White Sandwich Bread or Sourdough.
8. Apple Jam
The recipe for this Apple Jam is simple, using two large apples, demerara sugar, and a little lemon juice for tart and freshness. You can easily substitute demerara sugar for granulated sugar, cane sugar, date sugar, or any other sugar. I used demerara for its slight molasses flavor and deep amber color, but it’s completely optional. Slather it on some toast, a bagel, or eat it straight out the jar. Or, you can try it as a cupcake filling!
9. Cranberry Sauce
This Cranberry Sauce recipe is very easy to make, especially if you are trying to make cranberry sauce for the first time. Some varieties are made with scallions or orange zest (and these are very delicious), however, I recommend keeping it simple for now. Fresh cranberries are very tart, so sugar and lemon juice are added to cut down the bitter flavor. You can add a little more sugar to taste.
10. Dark Maple Applesauce
Warm, lightly spiced, and rich with color and maple flavor, this Dark Maple Applesauce has a deeper flavor than its store-bought counterpart. It is delicious on its own or as an addition to a plated salad or roast pork. Perfect as a dessert substitute if you’re trying to control your cravings and portions. Make it vegan by doubling the amount of maple syrup and leaving out the honey!
11. Candy Apple Cupcakes
These Candy Apple Cupcakes are just divine! The cake itself is yellow cake made with browned butter and spiced up with cinnamon and cardamom. The inside is bursting with fresh apple jam, and the tops are crowned with Swiss meringue buttercream, pecan-toffee crumb, and a generous caramel drizzle. The end result is a beautifully seasoned spice cake that is oh so delicate with a nutty, buttery crunch and airy buttercream.
12. Carrot Sheet Cake
Don’t be fooled by this Carrot Cake’s vegan base. It is rich, delicious, and made with pecans, cinnamon, maple syrup, and golden raisins. Topped with rich and decadent cream cheese frosting, this wonderful cake makes a delicious addition to your dinner party… or, just because!
13. Salted Maple Ice Cream
I came across my new favorite fall ice cream flavor at my local market: Salted Maple Ice Cream. When my supermarket ran out of this precious autumn gold, I got the idea to make my own version to get me through the season. This is the perfect dessert for those who love the salty and sweet mixture! It is wonderful for all of those maple lovers out there.
14. Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate
Fall is here with its precious collection of golden hued leaves, pumpkins, and rouge berries. I couldn’t wait to taste the pumpkin spice! I present to you an autumn treat, an all natural Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate. Made with real pumpkin, quality white chocolate, and pumpkin spice, this white hot chocolate is a pleasant treat for the upcoming fall.
15. Apple Cider Hot Toddy
On a brisk evening tinged with frost, I love to drink Apple Cider Hot Toddies with a whole cinnamon stick and a few tablespoons of spiced rum and apple jack. One serving of this has me relaxed on stressful work days. It is even soothing to the throat and nostrils.