Image via Better Homes & Gardens
Pumpkin schmumpkin. I’m not a fan of pumpkin, and I know that makes me VERY unpopular this time of year.
When the flavor “pumpkin spice” is offered everywhere from Starbucks to I-Hop, I always seem to make an inappropriate face in public. It’s not that I hate it, I just don’t get it. I have a “one piece of pumpkin pie per year” threshold. And I’m tired of pretending to be pumped for pumpkin.
Why must fall be so associated with only one flavor?
Cinnamon Roll Steel Cut Oats via Sugarcrafter
What about poor, lonely cinnamon, or the odd-duck apple? Are they only worthy flavors around Thanksgiving? I think fall should be about lots of delicious aromas and flavors, too. (Like the Cinnamon Roll oatmeal above — yummmm!)
Desserts in the fall are about comfort and warmth, and there are plenty out there that have nothing to do with Jack-o-Lanterns or the color orange.
Pear Clafouti Three Ways via The Pioneer Woman
Pears are some of my newly-found favorites in the fall. I admit I was never a big fan of canned pears growing up — way too mushy, thanks — but I only recently discovered how much I love their delicate flavor. Have you tried serving D’Anjou pears with some blue cheese and red wine? It’s divine.
Butterscotch Pudding Cake via Sugarplum Blog
And then there’s my absolute favorite flavor of them all –butterscotch. If you think of butterscotch as just for ice cream sundaes, you’re missing out on life! Add some butterscotch chips to your cookies or blondies and you have a richer, more grown-up dessert. And if you really want to get into butterscotch, try making it homemade this Thanksgiving in a butterscotch pie. I’ve been too afraid of this feat just yet, but I think this year might be the year I try to make one!
In the meantime, I’ll settle for this recipe for Butterscotch Pudding Cake. The coolest part? You make it in the slow cooker. Warm, oozing butterscotch and a smell that fills the whole house. That’s fall.
No pumpkin allowed.