Fall is upon us! The leaves are changing, temperatures are cooling and the days are starting to feel shorter and shorter. As we move forward through the season, the kitchen is one of our best resources for dialing up on the festive fun and keeping spirits high. With thanksgiving on our minds, cooking warm, comforting food together is a great time for family bonding and it will help fill your home with a delicious, irresistible aroma. Here at Starlane, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite harvest fall recipes for you and your family to try this season.
One of the first signs of fall approaching is apple picking season! Orchards generally open to the public for this wonderful activity at the end of the summer leading right through into fall. The best part of a family outing to the apple-orchard is coming home with freshly picked fruits and using them to make something delicious, like this Spiced Apple Pancake recipe by Lena Abraham. These sweet and sticky pancakes don’t even need maple syrup. Breakfast for dessert, anyone?
If a trip to the orchard isn’t up your alley but you still crave the sweet, autumn taste of fresh apples, stop by your local farmers market for a jug of apple cider and give these Apple Cider Doughnuts a shot! This recipe by Rick Martinez will leave you with more than a dozen crunchy-on-the-outside and tender-on-the-inside doughnuts that are sure to make your whole family’s mouths water. Tossed in cinnamon sugar, these will be a highly requested dessert staple at thanksgiving dinner for years to come.
This recipe, brought to you by Kate Merker and Anna Helm Baxter, makes fantastic use of the key-components of fall cooking: pumpkin and spices. Their savoury pumpkin soup recipe makes a great starter at family dinners and a wonderful, warming lunch option for those chilly days. Festive and flavourful, the creators of this recipe describe it as “comfort in a bowl” and we couldn’t agree more.
Cornbread is a go-to for many families at thanksgiving. It is dense, comforting, can be enjoyed sweet or savory, and remains soft and fresh for up to two days after being made. Butternut squash is a great seasonal vegetable, jam packed with vitamins and minerals to benefit the whole family. This recipe by Kelly Kwok can be made in a slow-cooker, making it a perfect option for potluck gatherings all throughout the fall season.
The team in the test kitchen over at goodhousekeeping.com have really outdone themselves with this hearty squash and lentil stew recipe. Sweet butternut squash blends perfectly with savory lentils to create a filling stew that is guaranteed to warm hands and hearts. Ginger and coriander lend to a fresh flavor and scent that will fill the house as soon as you open your pressure cooker.
Krista Rollins over at joyfulhealthyeats.com has taken the favourite drink of autumn-lovers nationwide and made it into a vegan, gluten free, low-carb, kid friendly super dessert – a pumpkin spice latte coffee cake. If pumpkin pie, coffee cake, and pumpkin spice lattes came together into one, supreme dessert, this would be it. Best served with a nice, hot cup of coffee, this will definitely be a recipe you return to every fall.
For many people, the cooler temperatures of autumn present a great opportunity to celebrate the harvest and discover new comfort foods. With some fantastic recipes, festive spirit and quality time with your family in the home you love, you’ll find yourself feeling even more optimistic about fall. Here at Starlane Homes, our goal is to build the perfect home for you and your family to fill with love, festivities, and memories. To learn about our new home communities, register for email updates and follow us on Instagram at @starlanehomes.