Of all the things that fall brings – colorful leaves, football season, cozy sweaters – our favorite has got to be the fall baking! The crisp weather of fall offers the perfect opportunity to heat up the oven and take advantage of all of the delicious seasonal flavors.
Read on for five helpful tips for your autumn baking!
Use seasonal produce
We’d argue that the best part of fall is the fruits and vegetables that are in season. Can you say apple, cherry, and pumpkin baked goods? Take a look at this post about fall produce, when to buy it and how to store it!
Adding purees, such as pumpkin, to your baked goods can help provide them with moisture and flavor! You can usually add 2-4 tablespoons of a puree without having to substitute out any other ingredients. To get even more out of puree, try substituting it for equal parts of vegetable or canola oil in your recipe.
Simplify your pie crust
If you’re eager to bake up some pies, but you’re intimidated by the crust, just skip it! Get the same juicy goodness out of a (much easier) crisp or crumble. If you’ve got your heart set on the classic look of a pie, use a simple alternative crust like phyllo or this three-ingredient graham cracker crust.
Switch out your spices
The hallmark of fall baked goods is certainly the spices they incorporate. However, it’s important to remember to switch out old spices to ensure that you’re always using the freshest ingredients. Even if you store spices in a cool, dark place, they can still lose their punch after 2-4 years. You can usually tell whether or not the spice is fresh by the aroma they give off. If you rub a small amount of the spice between your fingers and the smell is pretty weak, then it may be time to buy a new jar.
Pumpkin spice isn’t just for lattes
Speaking of fall spices, there are nearly unlimited options for incorporating iconic fall flavors into your baked goods. Try chai spiced donuts, apple cinnamon oatmeal cookies, or sweet potato pie cinnamon rolls for an interesting twist on classic seasonal desserts!
With these five simple tips, you’ll be whipping up autumn baked goods like a seasoned baker and everyone will be blown away by your skills during the holidays!