The air is chillier, meals are heartier, leaves are redder and it’s finally beginning to feel like fall.
These days, of course, you can stay inside and know that without a doubt, fall has arrived. All it takes is a quick scroll through social media to see that apple and pumpkin picking is a very popular way to spend a Sunday this time of year. After all, is it even fall if you don’t dedicate a day to drinking pumpkin spice lattes and visiting an apple orchard? It certainly is not!
Of course, after your day of frolicking in flannel, you’re likely to get home and have more apples and/or pumpkins than you know what to do with. Before you start scouring the internet to see if apples can be frozen and if pumpkins can be dried (they can, but it takes some work), we’ve got a few ideas for how you can transform your pickings into delicious things to eat right now.
Since for many of us, the drive to the apple orchard is about as far as we’ve traveled in months, we wanted to let the tabletop traveling continue with these international inspired apple and pumpkin recipes.
Honey and Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with Sautéed Apples
Although thought of as a French dessert, crème brûlée (“burnt cream” in French) is found in many parts of the world and with many variations. Rosh Hashanah may have passed, but every year I wonder why I don’t eat apples and honey together more often. This autumn-themed take on crème brûlée is the perfect way to do that.
Marak Katom (Orange Soup)
Fall signifies orange soup season in Israel. The name refers to the color of the soup, and it’s filled with a variety of orange-colored produce, including pumpkin or butternut squash, sweet potato and carrots, though everyone makes it slightly differently—sweeter or more savory, vegan or with cream, gingery or spicy, topped with croutons or nuts…the options are endless!
Firikia Glyko (Brandy-Poached Apples)
Firikia glyko is the Cypriot version of whole apples bathed in cinnamon syrup and brandy. Like many apple desserts, it pairs beautifully with vanilla ice cream!
Baked Apple Empanadas
These apple-filled empanadas are the perfect dessert for anyone craving tasty street food, but with an unexpected twist. Empanadas, a favorite in Central and South America, are typically filled with different meat, vegetable or cheese combinations, but I think there should be a lot more sweet versions.
Bimuelos de Kalavasa (Sephardic Pumpkin Patties)
There’s a long history of pumpkin in Sephardic Jewish cooking. Made with allspice, coriander and cinnamon, these delicious pumpkin patties combine flavors traditionally used in Syrian, Greek and Turkish Jewish cooking.
As you head home with your bushels and pecks, instead of your usual apple or pumpkin pie, let your local produce transport you across the globe.