Tuesday, September 2, 2014

10 Dessert Recipes for Fall

Fall Recipe Round Up Ten Delicious Dessert Recipes for Fall!

Woah, its September! Seriously, how did that happen? Does anyone else feel like they went to bed on the 4th of July and woke up in September? It has gone so fast! We started back to school really early this year, so maybe that's why it seems like the time has gone so quickly! While I am sad to see summer end, I am excited for the fall. I have always been a big fan of the autumn months. Not only am I a fall birthday, but I just love decorating for fall, chilly nights, football games, and how everything just seems so much cozier! 

Perhaps the best thing about the fall though is the food! We can "officially" cook with pumpkin, apples and cinnamon again. And because of the chilly temperatures, there is nothing better than a warm drink with a sweet dessert! 

While making this round-up, my mouth was watering because these all look so good! I hope you try one of these great fall recipes recipes!

Let's start off with a warm drink to pair with all of these desserts!
                           Spiced Caramel Apple Cider
        Spiced Caramel Apple Cider by Butter with a Side of Bread

I absolutely love apple pie and think this mini version is so cute!
apple pie cups, gluten-free, fall desserts, apple desserts, pie bites, egg-free

Oh fudge, why are you so delicious? I have never tried a pumpkin version but think this will definitely be on my to-make list this fall!
Pumpkin Spice Fudge: soft flavorful fudge with JELLO pudding mix and topped with crushed gingersnaps. So delicious!
Pumpkin Spice Fudge by Shugary Sweets

One of my own recipes, these muffins are cinnamony and warm and will use up the rest of your zucchini harvest!
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins with Oat Streusel by Old House to New Home

Salt+Caramel+Brownies. Enough said. 
 Salted Caramel Brownies - decadent brownies with caramel candies inside and salted caramel and chocolate on top  http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Pumpkin pancakes are one of my favorite fall breakfasts. These look so good with the whipped cream that you will feel like you are eating dessert for breakfast!

I had never had a sweet potato cupcake until my friend started making them for her bakery. If you have never had one, you need to try them right away! It is by far one of my favorite flavors!
 sweet potato cupcakes
Sweet Potato Cupcakes by The Shabby Creek Cottage

I love cinnamon rolls in any form. This apple version takes it to the next level!
Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Sweet Little Details

Pumpkin and cream cheese is the perfect combination. I just picked up some pumpkin and this recipe is definitely what I am making first!
 Cream Cheese-Filled Pumpkin Bread - Pumpkin bread that's like having cheesecake baked in! Soft, fluffy, easy and tastes ahhhh-mazing!
Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread by Averie Cooks

No bake desserts are great any time of the year!
No Bake Pumpkin Dessert from Crazy for Crust

I also love that our meals turn heartier in fall! I will be posting a Savory Fall round up soon! If you have a favorite fall meal or dessert, I'd love for you to share it in the comments!! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Battered and Baked Zucchini Fries

Since this is my second zucchini recipe in the last couple of weeks, it is apparent that it is one of my favorite vegetables. I could honestly eat it with every meal and I look forward to gardening season every year when there is an abundance of zucchini. I think what I love most is that zucchini is so versatile and can be made hundreds of different ways. A quick search on Pinterest gives you countless choices, some of which are healthy, some not so much.

I can't deny that I love fried zucchini. We have a local restaurant that slices it super thin and then breads it in a light batter and fries it, and then serves the fried, crispy slices with a creamy horseradish dip. It is absolutely divine and one of my all time favorite appetizers. Unfortunately, not many of us can eat fried zucchini very often without seeing the effects in our waistline!

So this zucchini recipe is not sliced and fried like my favorite dish, but it is crispy, delicious, and has a great dipping sauce as well! (Recipe to come!) It is so good that it helps cure my cravings for fried zucchini! Since it is cut like french fries, it also makes a great veggie substitute for a starch in your meal. I served these with a heavier main dish and it balanced it out well.

I hope you love zucchini as much as I do because I am sure that there will be many more recipes to come with my favorite veggie!

Baked Zucchini Fries

Three medium zucchini, ends removed and sliced into medium sized wedges. ( I used a french fry cutter)
1/2 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1/4 Cup Flour
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 eggs, beaten well

Half an hour before making your zucchini, slice and then lay out on a kitchen towel. Sprinkle salt on the fries and let sit. After half an hour, roll up the sides of the towel, and squeeze lightly to remove excess water.

Preheat oven to 425 and spray a cooking sheet with cooking spray. 
Put the 2 eggs in a large ziploc bag. In another ziploc, combine the rest of the ingredients. Working in two batches, put half of the zucchini into the egg bag, seal the bag, and then shake well until all pieces are coated in the egg mixture. Transfer those zucchini to the breadcrumb bag and shake well until all pieces are evenly coated. Spray zucchini in a single layer onto your prepared pan. Repeat with remaining zucchini.

Spray zucchini with more cooking spray to help crisp it up and then put in the oven. Cook for 15 minutes or until the top side is golden brown, then remove from the oven and flip each fry to the other side. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until that side is golden brown. Remove from oven and serve immediately.