My Favourite Fall Recipes

What says fall better than tasty treats made from apples and pumpkins? That is why in this week’s post, I am sharing three of my favourite fall recipes.

my favourite fall recipes

First, let me share with you my mom’s favourite apple pie recipe that she has made for many years. A few years ago, she hand-copied the recipe for me of which I am making reference for this post. And remember, as the old saying goes, “An apple pie without some cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.” At my family’s gatherings, the pie course would never be complete until the plate of cheese is passed. So here is the recipe:

Mom’s Apple Pie

Crust Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup lard
4-5 tablespoons of cold water

Filling Ingredients
5 cups of thinly sliced peeled and pared apples
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Margarine or butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

To prepare crust, measure out flour. Cut in the lard and add cold water. Mix together well into a ball and divide in half. Roll out each half for top and bottom crusts.

For filling, stir together sugar, flour, and spices. Mix with apples. Turn into prepared pastry. Dot top of filling with butter. Cover with top crust and cut slits in it. Bake for 40 minutes. If the crust is loose upon shaking the pan, the pie is done.

Apple Pie Variation

Use the crust recipe above. But only roll out half of the dough for the bottom crust. Also mix together the sugar, flour, and spices from the above filling recipe. Mix the flour mixture with the apples and turn into prepared pastry. Omit the butter and top crust and instead add the following crumb topping:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

Another of my favourite treats includes chocolate, of course! The soft texture of these cookies and the taste of pumpkin also helps to make this one of my favourite recipes for the fall.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cup chocolate chips

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg, pumpkin, and vanilla. Beat well. Combine dry ingredients. Add gradually to wet mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Bake on greased sheet in dropped teaspoons. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.

This is another dish that always graces our family’s Thanksgiving table. Many people who have joined us for dinner rave over the pleasant taste of this dish. You’ll more than likely have to double or triple the recipe since seconds are sure to be enjoyed.

Carrot and Apple Side Dish

1 1/2 cup diced carrots
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon margarine
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup diced peeled apple
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water

In a saucepan, cook carrots in water until crisp-tender; drain. Add margarine, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon; mix well. Stir in apples. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine cornstarch and cold water; stir into carrot mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Simmer, uncovered for 2 minutes or until glazed, stirring constantly. Makes four servings.

So warm up the oven, pull out your baking dishes, raid the pantry and have some fun.

Happy Fall and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian Followers!


15 Fun Fall Activities

Does anyone else love fall as much as I do? If you do, I’m sure you’ll find the following list super exciting!

15 fun fall activities

1. Rake leaves and jump in the pile

Kids will love this, and you are never too old to experience this old-time pleasure. Just be careful at how hard you hit the ground!

2. Have an informal fall photo session

Ask a friend to take pictures or just set your camera on a makeshift tripod        and set the timer. No need to hire a professional photographer unless you      want to.

3. Make candy apples

Use melted caramel, melted chocolate, nuts, candy corn, or anything that          sounds delicious to you.

4. Build a scarecrow

Or maybe build two!

build a scarecrow

5. Have a picnic in the woods among the fallen leaves

Don’t forget to pack a festive blanket and a thermos of hot chocolate along  with your other favourite goodies.

6. Walk through a corn maze

Just wear shoes you don’t mind getting dirty!

walk through a corn maze

7. Collect acorns and pine cones

This  might require another fun walk in the woods!

8. Make pumpkin, chocolate chip cookies

Keep tuned for my post next Saturday on my favourite fall recipes.

9. Decorate for fall

Make your own decorations or have your kids make some. A lot of dollar stores have a nice, affordable assortment of fall decor.

10. Take a fall drive through the countryside

Admire the many colours of leaves along the way.

take a fall drive

11. Wear fall coloured clothes

Break out your orange, mustard yellows, burnt reds, and browns.

12. Bake an apple pie

Keep tuned for my post next Saturday on my favourite fall recipes.

13. Have a final bonfire

Make s’mores and hot chocolate and wrap up in a festive blanket.

have a final bonfire

14. Make a craft with fallen leaves

Let your kids make “pictures” with leaves, glue, and paper.

15. Go on a hay ride

If you don’t have a tractor and wagon and neither does your neighbour, many corn maze farms and apple orchards will give rides around the farm. Some of my favourite fall memories is going on hayrides after its dark. Just don’t get spooked by the weird night sounds!

I hope you found this list inspiring. Now go out and have some fun!

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Happy Fall!