Pumpkin, apples, cranberries and pears give sweets a seasonal spin this time of year. Add some fresh fall flavor to the dessert menu with these five recipes.
1. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
The founders of Baked in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood created their own version of the whoopie pie. Instead of a bland cream filling, the bakers created a chilled cream cheese filling sandwiched between two cake-like cookies. For operational ease, the bakery uses a melon baller to scoop the dough.
2. Apple-Raisin Tartlets With Cheddar and Brandied Sour Cream
Elevate traditional apple pie with this refined take on the classic. Individual apple tarts are enhanced with the addition of cheddar cheese and apple brandy-infused sour cream. The end result fits the current trend of tempering sweets with a bit of savory.
3. Pear Fritters With Sweet Lemon Ricotta
Interactive desserts that are shareable get high points from guests. Here, fresh pear slices are coated with batter and deep-fried to create fritters. They’re served with a side of creamy ricotta for dipping.
4. Grilled Apple & Cranberry Crepe With Cinnamon Cream and Honey Candied Pecans
French crepes are a versatile carrier that work equally well with sweet or savory fillings. On the Microsoft campus, they are featured in an indulgent fall dessert. Thin crepes are stuffed with cinnamon whipped cream and grilled apples, then plated with more whipped cream and apples, along with cranberries and honey-candied pecans.
5. Pumpkin Cheesecake Hand Pies
Bruegger’s Bagels’ grab-and-go hand pies tap into the seasonal popularity of pumpkin spice in coffee drinks, baked goods and more. Flaky pie crust holds a spiced pumpkin filling inside, and a drizzle of cream cheese glaze garnishes the top. According to Technomic’s Dessert Consumer Trend Report, consumers are snacking more often on dessert items, so this portable sweet is right on trend.