As temperatures get cooler, it’s time to reacquaint yourself with your oven (which you may have avoided using during the heat of summer.) Autumn is the perfect season for baking delicious desserts such as pies and cobblers. The warmth from your oven and smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla will fill your home and are sure to bring feelings of joy and comfort.
Here are 5 dessert pie ideas to bake this season:
- Pumpkin Pie: this is a classic dessert enjoyed by many in the fall and winter seasons. You can use either fresh pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin for convenience. The key ingredients that give this pie its rich flavor are all the spices: cloves, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, and a pinch of black pepper. And top it all off with a dollop of whipped cream.
- Apple Pie: this pie is another quintessential fall dessert that allows you to make use of all the apples you’ve picked this season. If you have an excess of apples and aren’t sure of what to do with them, a great idea is to turn them into apple pies! We recommend using a combination of tart and sweet apple varieties to get a more complex flavor.
- Pecan Pie: this decadent pie is sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. The top layer of toasted pecans adds a crunchy texture that complements the soft, gooey pie filling. Enjoy your warm serving of pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.
- Molasses Crumb Pie: otherwise known as “shoofly pie,” this molasses pie is a classic dessert originating from Pennsylvania Dutch country in the late 1800’s. It’s thought that the name of this dessert came from it being so sugary and sweet, one might need to “shoo” flies away from it. Key ingredients include: flour, brown sugar, and molasses
- Sweet Potato Pie: originating from the South, this traditional dessert is another popular treat served during the autumn season. Sweet potato pie is often compared to pumpkin pie because of their similarities in flavor. Sweet potato puree is the key ingredient that gives this pie its sweet, dense flavor (whereas pumpkin pie has a more nutty and spiced flavor.)