What is going on in the world? Is Al Gore messing with the global temperature again? We’re sneaking into mid October and here I am in Los Angeles trying to talk myself out of using my air conditioner. It’s as hot here as it was in July. We’re talking 90’s people. 90’s! That’s just not normal.
All I want to do is get the cider going, maybe curl up with some pear upside down cake or anything filled with pumpkin flavor. What’s stopping me? All this blasted sunshine and heat. I know… I know… I shouldn’t let a little sunshine get in the way of my dreams.
Incidentally, just as I’m writing this, I have my neighbors glorious barbecue smells wafting through my window. I suppose I can’t be all that grumpy about a little sunshine.
Are you having more cozy, spice friendly weather? Here are some of the deliciously spiced recipes I’ve played with here on Joy the Baker. No doubt this Fall (as soon as it kicks in) I’ll share some new goodies with you.
Now I’m going to go see if I can snatch some barbecue scraps from my neighbor…..
Gingerbread Pancakes with Homemade Pancake Syrup Yes. More pancakes. Don’t act like you’re the least bit surprised.
Zucchini Sweet Potato Bread This is one of my Dad’s favorite breads. A grated raw sweet potato adds amazing moisture and flavor to this bread. Also throw in nuts and dried fruit as you see fit. It’s totally customizable.
Super Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies These are easily one of my favorite cookies of all time. They fall somewhere in between cake and cookie. Perfect. And the combination of pumpkin and chocolate is just so dear to my heart.
Cranberry Orange Almond Oatmeal This breakfast oatmeal is so good you might not mind dragging yourself out of bed ten minutes early to make it. Between the oats, dried fruit and almonds, this is one delicious balanced breakfast that would keep any normal person full well into the lunch hour. I’m a maniac though, so no matter what I eat for breakfast, by 10:30 in the morning I’m ready for second breakfast…. yes… second breakfast.
What spiced goodies are you baking up for Fall (or Spring, if you’re on the other side of the planet) ?