If you enjoy cooking and baking, every season is an opportunity for experimenting with the fruits, spices and types of food specific to that time of year. And, if you have a sweet tooth, that experimenting is all the more fun. With that in mind, SCO will be bringing you monthly updates on seasonal and festive desserts. Happy baking!
Skillet apple pancake
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 large sweet apple (Gala, Golden Delicious), peeled, cored and cut into slim wedges
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat, then transfer 2 tbsp into a blender. Put the apple wedges to skillet and cook, turning over once, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. While the apples are cooking, add milk, flour, eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt to the blender and blend until smooth. Pour the batter over the apples and put the skillet in the oven. Bake until the pancake is puffed and golden, about 15 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
2 sticks butter, at room temperature
5/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
6 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3/8 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray or line muffin tins. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. With an electric mixer, cream 1 stick of butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and beat until combined. Add pumpkin and beat until combined. Divide batter evenly among cups. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool for 10 minutes, then turn out the cupcakes onto the racks and let them cool completely.
With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the other stick of butter and cream cheese until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, and then vanilla, and mix until smooth and combined. Use a spatula to top the cupcakes with frosting.
Peanut butter candy pretzels, courtesy of Just About Baked
1 package Reese's miniature peanut butter cups, unwrapped
1 package Reese's miniature Oreos
1 bag square pretzels
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Place a peanut butter cup upside-down on top of each pretzel. Place the pretzels in the oven for 2-3 minutes. Remove the pretzels from the oven and, working quickly, press a mini Oreo gently but firmly into the top of the peanut butter cup. Cool the pretzels until set.
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