Custards and crisps and pies, Oh my! Sweeten your sideboard this fall with a bevy of our best seasonal desserts.
By Emily Arno
If ever a season was made for decadent desserts, it’s fall. A bounty of autumn nuts and soft fruits are go-to ingredients while comforting caramels, creams, custards and golden buttery crusts take seasonal sweets over the top. Here are 10 that will keep you coming back for seconds.
Maple Pecan Pear Upside-Down Cake
This topsy-turvy cake has enough yum for two desserts. Dried cherries, D’anjou pears, maple syrup, brown sugar and butter caramelize in the pan while the buttermilk batter produces a dense, moist layer. Get the recipe here.
Holy Trinity Apple Crisp
Northern Spy, Golden Grimes and Ida Red apples are the divine inspiration in this comforting crisp. Get the recipe here.
Best Pumpkin Pie
A yummy and crumbly walnut topping on pumpkin pie? Hallelujah! Don’t wait for Thanksgiving to roll around; this pie is perfect anytime. Get the recipe here.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Moist chocolate cupcakes are always a winner with kids. Just add creamy peanut butter (and appropriately autumn hued) icing and you have a bona-fide treat time champion. Get the recipe here.
Buttermilk Pecan Pie
Similar to a chess pie but creamier and sweeter, a classic Southern buttermilk pie is even better with the addition of crunchy pecans. Get the recipe here.
Vermont Maple Pecan Cookies
The tasteful combination of chewy oats and crunchy toasted pecans ensure these maple syrup cookies will be gobbled up fast. Get the recipe here.
Old-Fashioned Apple Dumplings
Sweet apple shaped dumplings look and taste heavenly when glazed with homemade cinnamon and nutmeg syrup. Get the recipe here.
Walnut Molasses Pie
Pecans aren’t the only nuts filling pies this fall. Try walnuts and molasses for a dense and ooey-gooey autumn dessert. Get the recipe here.
Rustic Apple Pie
Go apple picking at a local orchard and whip up this homemade pie afterward. The double-crust confection is even better served warm from the oven with a scoop of ice cream. Get the recipe here.
An almond-flavored cream provides a base for this pear tart with a crust on top that is shaped almost like the fallen leaves of autumn. Get the recipe here.