I have said it a million times, but Fall is the best time of year in NYC. The air cools down a bit, the market is bursting with the last bits of summer, along with the first apples, squash, and roots of the fall. I open all of the windows in my apartment and let it get cool enough that I have to put on a sweater for the first time in months, and it's blissful. Well, not totally blissful because this year I am being treated to the constant sound of pile-driving due to the huge condos that are being built on the Greenpoint waterfront, but anything is better than stale air-conditioned air that is never quite the right temperature.
Anyway! I also usually do a little cabinet clean out/organizational dance when the weather gets a bit cooler, most importantly, I replace my fall and winter baking spices if they are seeming a bit stale so my spiced treats are the best they can be. Then I start my fall baking and preserving. I usually make some grape jam and plum jam, then I get to the apples, pears, and quince, and squash....Do you have any fall rituals? I'd love to hear about them.
Below are some links to recipes around the web I can't wait to try in the next few months:
Salted Pepita Caramels from Love, Cake
Saffron and Cardamom Poached Pears from Hummingbird High
Molten Halva Cakes from My Name is Yeh
Roasted Pear Ice Cream with Honey and Vanilla from Brooklyn Supper
Pink Pearl Apple & Calvados Tarte Tatin from Bojon Gourmet
Pear and Cacao Nib Buckwheat Muffins from The Year in Food
Pumpkin Poundcake with Chocolate from The Vanilla Bean Blog
Caramel Swirl Apple Cake from Oh Ladycakes
Apple and Goat Cheese Tarts from Seven Spoons
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cake from Naturally Ella
Spelt Apple Pancakes from A Cozy Kitchen
Apple Coffee Cake from The Fauxmartha
Dutch Apple Pie with Muscovado Sauce from Not Without Salt