Falling for fall foods

We’ve got you covered with a creative range of recipes, including pumpkin gnocchi, salted caramel apple chips, pumpkin banana bread, and even Otto-inspired orange muffins, perfect for any Syracuse party. A perfect mix to represent all things orange this season!

By Caroline Weinberg

Spooky season is upon us, and at Baked, we take fall very seriously. It is understandable that you may not want to create new meals and treats for every season, and we realize how busy college life is. Therefore, we are constantly collecting new recipes to try that we guarantee will have you craving more! We have curated a list of fun, fresh, and fabulous fall-inspired foods that will leave party guests jaw-dropped and you a satisfied host. Whether you want something sweet and savory, a quick bite before class, or are cooking to impress a crowd, these fall foods are a guaranteed favorite.

Pumpkin Gnocchi

This delectable fall food is a pasta lover’s dream, and it will satisfy every bit of hunger you might be having. These pillowy and comforting pumpkin gnocchis are made for a true Italian and embody the meaning of fall. This recipe is perfect for a chilly day, for you and your friends to make together and watch the leaves change color outside your window. We love this meal because it is easy, efficient, and most importantly, flavorful. Rolling out the dough into the iconic Italian gnocchi striped pattern shape also makes for a fun activity. College kids do not always have the time, motivation, or budget to have a full cooking session, but still crave a yummy home cooked meal. In that case, this gnocchi is made for you. 

These delicious, buttery balls are made from just a few ingredients: flour, pumpkin pulp, eggs, and nutmeg. If you are feeling fancy, you can top it off with various spices like cinnamon or cumin, herbs like basil or sage, and of course, parmesan. Our personal favorite addition is any spice that adds a dash of heat to your dish. Just like that, you have made a showstopping meal that feels like it came right out of a Halloweentown kitchen. 

Baked Salted Caramel Apple Chips

Candied apples, crunchy chips, fall vibes. What could be better, right? Well, we think salted caramel apple chips are the perfect combination of all those things! Even better, it only requires three ingredients and some parchment paper. 

With 8-10 apples, salt, and a ¼ cup of caramel dip, you can have a mouth-watering snack at your fingertips. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees, slice the apples, and melt the caramel. Then, dip half of the apple slices into the caramel spread, and put them on the parchment sheet in the oven for roughly two hours. Once the slices have browned, sprinkle some salt over them. The chips will be crispy, savory, sweet, and instantly ready to enjoy! They are perfect to share with friends, or to hog when you need a crunchy snack while watching your latest true crime binge. 

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Pumpkin banana bread is one of the most widely known and loved fall foods. There are many variations of this delectable treat, as well as various techniques and twists on this classic recipe. To make it easy for you, we have collected this list of ingredients to make your bread the best at the bash. 

First, you can start off with 3 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking soda and baking powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon, ¾ teaspoon of ginger, ½ teaspoon cloves, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ cup brown sugar, 3 eggs, ⅔ cup vegetable oil, 1 cup pumpkin puree, and some mashed ripe banana. Once you have all of these ingredients (which you probably have on-hand), preheat your oven to 350 degrees, whisk away, and place into a pan to bake for under an hour. Feel free to add any other ingredients or toppings of your choosing, like pecans or even a cream cheese frosting! The bread is usually enjoyed warmed with spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to give it that quintessential fall feel. It is moist, rich, and a fall staple that will be sure to impress both you and your guests. 

Otto Muffins

Have you ever considered that your college mascot could be a food inspiration? Look no further, as what could be better than Syracuse University’s Otto the Orange becoming a delicious treat! Cuse muffins? Yes please. This is an incredibly fall-oriented snack that is easy to make in a few steps! 

You will need ¾ cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon orange zest, 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, 2 ½  teaspoons baking powder, ¼ teaspoons salt, two eggs, ⅓ cup butter, ¼ cup sour cream, ¼ cup whole milk, ½ cup orange juice, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. You can also incorporate additions such as chocolate chips, berries, raisins, nuts, or even seasonal sprinkles. Once the batter is mixed together, fill your muffin cups and place in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes. Once cooled, feel free to add toppings, perhaps a colored frosting or glaze. After that, it is time to Otto-fy! You can add candy eyes, draw a mouth with icing, and add a SU flag on a toothpick. Just like that, Otto is brought to life, and he is ready to be the star of your dessert platter! 

No matter which fall food you decide to chow down on, we know you will be satisfied with any of these recipes! There is nothing like relaxing on the couch eating pumpkin banana bread on a chilly morning, making delicious pumpkin gnocchi for dinner with friends, or hosting a fall party with Otto muffins decked out in Syracuse orange.

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