3 Irresistible Fall Dessert Recipes to Try at Home

In our previous post, we shared some delectable fall appetizer recipes that complemented the freshness of autumn. For this post, we bring to you some irresistible recipes that complete the fall menu with their sensational flavours. Any guesses? It’s the yummy desserts!

With a wide assortment of special autumn fruits available for the picking, this is the perfect time to fall in love with some delicious desserts to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Here are 3 easy fall dessert recipes you can try at home.

1) Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Loaded with the heavenly combination of apples and caramel, these cupcakes are sure to make your family and friends smile. To make these yummy cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350° F. Combine all purpose flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl and whisk properly. Add vanilla extract, egg whites, milk, sour cream, and butter to the mixture and mix until smooth. Add chopped apples and stir well. Fill 3/4th portion of the cupcake liners with the mixture and bake for about 15-20 minutes. After the cupcakes are perfectly baked, take them out and allow it to cool for 2-3 minutes.

To make the caramel buttercream, mix butter and shortening together to prepare a smooth mixture. Add powdered sugar and caramel sauce and mix well. Decorate the cupcakes with caramel buttercream icing and top it with caramel. The yummy cupcakes are ready!

2) Mini Banana Beignets

Mini Banana Beignets

Enjoy the beautiful fall evenings with these bite-sized banana beignets. This easy-to-cook dessert can be prepared in just 30 minutes. Rolled in cinnamon sugar, this quick and easy sweet dish is a treat to your senses. Firstly, heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat for deep frying. Whisk cake flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt and granulated sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk a large egg, mashed banana, milk and vegetable oil (2 tablespoons). Finally, combine the two mixtures until the combined mixture becomes moistened. Add the remaining cinnamon and granulated sugar in a shallow bowl and set aside.

Make round balls of the mixture and deep fry them in batches until golden brown (15 seconds per side). Drain the banana balls on a paper towel and roll them in the cinnamon-sugar for a sweet coating. Enjoy the crispy treat!

3) Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

This easy-to-bake, no frills bread pudding is everyone’s childhood favourite. First of, preheat the oven to 375° F and grease the baking dish with butter. Cut white bread slices into cubes and add ground cinnamon, melted butter and raisins. Mix all the ingredients well with the bread cubes and place the mixture in the baking dish. Whisk together beaten eggs, salt, vanilla extract and white sugar. Add milk to the mixture and stir well. Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes, sprinkle a pinch of ground nutmeg over it and bake for about 25 minutes. Garnish the pudding with fresh cream and strawberry for the perfect taste. Share this delightful pudding with your loved ones and celebrate the season.

Say goodbye to the summer by adding these desserts to the fall menu. These sweet treats are quick, easy and mess-free. They are sure to impress everyone and make them crave for more. Happy cooking!

3 Fall Appetizer Recipes to Enjoy This Season

Fall is the season of fresh veggies, bright berries and succulent fruits. It’s the time to enjoy the fresh harvest to the fullest and make delicious cuisines out of them. Many people celebrate the taste of autumn by inviting their guests for parties and cooking fall special dishes for dinner.

If you’re planning to enjoy the seasonal flavours with your friends and family by throwing a party, then here are 3 fall appetizer recipes that are sure to tantalize your guests’ taste buds.

  • Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms

Have your guests appreciating your culinary skills by serving fresh mushrooms stuffed with juicy ground beef. To make this delicious cuisine, preheat your oven to 425°F. Remove mushroom stems and finely chop them. Combine minced onion and garlic with ground beef in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the beef becomes slightly brown, drain. Add chopped mushroom stems, bread crumbs, butter (1 tablespoon), salt and pepper. Cook the mixture while stirring at frequent intervals. After cooking for 5-6 minutes, remove the saucepan from heat and add heavy cream.

After the mixture is prepared, dip mushroom caps in melted butter and stuff with a generous amount of beef mixture. Place stuffed mushroom caps in a baking dish and sprinkle chilli powder. Put the baking dish in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!

  • Pear Salad with Walnuts and Gorgonzola

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Pears taste the best in fall and what else could be more special than serving it with a unique combination of flavours that complement its taste. You’ll surely rock the party with the sweet and savoury pear salad with walnuts and gorgonzola.

Place lettuce leaves on a chilled plate and add cored and sliced pears. Top it with dried currants or raisins and walnut halves and crumble gorgonzola cheese evenly on the salad. Whisk fresh lemon juice, rice vinegar and light olive oil in a separate bowl and season it with fresh ground black pepper. Drizzle the whisked mixture on the salad and serve chilled. Perfect!

  • Double-Chile Queso Dip

Double-Chile Queso Dip

A fall party is incomplete without crunchy tortilla chips and cheesy dips. Whet your guests’ appetite with this delicious dip while they wait for the main course.

For this creamy dip, mix diced Campari or small vine-ripened tomato, cilantro, and shallots (all diced) in a bowl and set aside.

Put a saucepan over medium heat and melt unsalted butter. Add the remaining shallots, thinly sliced red jalapeno and serrano chile peppers, and salt. Cook the mixture for about 3 minutes or until the shallots become soft. Sprinkle some all-purpose flour to the pan and stir until it’s completely absorbed. Bring the mixture to simmer and whisk in milk while stirring frequently. When the mixture becomes thick, add grated pepper jack and American cheese to the pan and mix until it melts. When the mixture is prepared remove it from heat and add the remaining cilantro. Garnish the dip with the tomato mixture and serve with chips.

Try these delicious autumn appetizers this season to impress your guests. They are loaded with fall flavours that will leave your guests wanting for more. So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of this fresh season and include these appetizers to your party menu.

4 Tips and Tricks to Become an ‘Eggspert’

Eggs are our best friend when it comes to preparing a quick and easy breakfast. They are not only tasty but also nutritious as they are a good source of high-quality protein, vitamins, and essential amino acid leucine.

People enjoy eating eggs in several ways such as fried, scrambled, hard boiled, poached and as omelets. It may seem that cooking an egg is easy, but if you lack the technical know-how, then it can become a hard egg to crack for you (couldn’t resist).

If you want to become an ‘eggspert’, then follow these 4 tips and tricks of cooking eggs.

1) Add Crème Fraiche to Scrambled Eggs

Have you ever wondered how scrambled eggs cooked by chefs are so creamy? The secret ingredient is crème fraiche. When cooking scrambled eggs, add one tablespoon of butter to the pan over medium high heat. Adding butter gives a light and airy texture to the eggs. Whisk egg whites and yolks together and scramble for a minute. Now it’s time for the secret ingredient, crème fraiche. It contains fat that makes scrambled eggs soft and creamy. Cook for another 30-60 seconds. Done!

2) Boil Before Poaching

Poaching eggs are not everyone’s cup of tea. To master the technique of cooking poached eggs, you need to poke a small hole in the wide base of the egg to break the air pocket inside the shell and then put the egg in hot water. It will help in retaining the egg’s shape and keep it from breaking when you poach it.

3) White and Brown Eggs Are the Same

Many people think that brown eggs taste better and have higher levels of protein compared to white ones. But, the truth is, the only difference between them is the colour. There’s no difference in their taste or nutritional value. Brown eggs are laid by hens with brown or red feathers, while white eggs are laid by white hens. You can buy either. However, brown eggs can sometimes cost you more.

4) Undercook Your Eggs a Bit

The secret of a perfectly cooked scrambled egg is undercooking. Slightly undercook your scrambled eggs as they continue to cook even after they’re removed from the heat. Therefore, turn off the heat or put your pan aside before you think that the eggs are done. They’ll be perfectly cooked by the time you eat them.

 Follow these tips and tricks to become an ‘eggspert’. They are easy to learn and apply. Now you can enjoy your tasty breakfast by cooking eggs like a pro. Happy cooking!

5 Craft Beers to Try Before You Die

Beer is Canada’s most popular alcoholic drink, especially when it comes to craft beer. Many breweries across the country produce an exclusive range of excellent beers through traditional methods to retain charismatic flavours. Made from unique ingredients through creative ways, the results are extremely delectable. Be it a lager beer or a stout, the delicious taste and frothy texture make this drink irresistible.

If you’re a beer lover and want to treat your taste buds with some unexplored flavours, then here are 5 craft beers that should be on your bucket list.

1) The Abyss (Deschutes Brewery)

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The Abyss, by Deschutes Brewery, is a barrel aged Imperial Stout. Filled with the rich flavours of molasses and licorice, this dark stout beer contains 11.1% alcohol by volume (ABV). This flavourful beer has a deep, alluring taste as it’s aged for 12 months in Bourbon, Oregon Oak, and Pinot Noir barrels. This beer is released every November/December, so watch out for it!

2) Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

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Want to try something strong? If so, then Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA is worth a taste. With a whopping 15-20% ABV, this drink can have you feeling good faster than its less intense cousins 60 Minute and 90 Minute. This beer is unfiltered and abundantly hoppy with a generous amount of malt sweetness blended with a hint of bitterness.

3) Heady Topper (The Alchemist)

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Heady Topper is a delicious double India Pale Ale. Brewed in Vermont by the Alchemist, this top-quality beer contains 8% ABV. This famous drink has a huge cult following because of its smooth texture and light aftertaste. After tasting it, you can get notes of tropical hops such as grapefruit, mango, peach and pineapple. This beer is nicely balanced to tantalize your taste buds.

4) Allagash White

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Allagash White is a frothy Belgian-style wheat beer. This drink is a spicy treat as it is flavoured with a special combination of coriander and Curaçao orange peel. Brewed with oats, malted wheat and unmalted raw wheat, it contains 5.1% ABV. It has a hazy white appearance and delightful foam that you can’t resist tasting. This beer is both traditional and refreshing, thus a perfect drink to enjoy with some snacks.

5) Pliny The Elder (Russian River)

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Pliny The Elder is an adored beer brewed by the Russian River Brewing Company and contains 8% ABV. This double IPA beer is a perfect combination of malt, hops and alcohol. It is available in a limited supply as it is brewed to perfection. This delectable drink has a slightly bitter taste and a sweet aroma of citrus, floral and pines.

These craft beers are examples of fine brewing. Each of them is a winner and brings a whole new taste to rejuvenate your senses. Include them on your bucket list and try them before you die.

4 Easy No-Cook Recipes for Picnics

Picnics are fun, especially on a sunny day. The best part about summer picnics is that you can hang out with your friends and family while enjoying the warm breeze and tasty food. But, the worst part is deciding on the menu and cooking it. No one wants to go near the oven when summer is at its peak.

Don’t worry! Here are 4 easy no-cook recipes you can include in the picnic menu to avoid a cooking mess.

1) Chicken Banh Mi

Chicken Banh Mi

Enjoy some crispy veggies in this easy-to-prepare version of a layered sandwich. To make this sandwich, mix Asian chilli sauce (Sriracha) and mayonnaise in a bowl. Spread a layer of mayonnaise mixture on the French-style roll top. Put thinly sliced radishes, cucumber, shredded chicken (roasted), fresh cilantro, shredded carrot and thin slices of jalapenos on the roll bottoms. Now, mix sugar, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil and crushed red pepper together. Whisk the mixture thoroughly. Drizzle the whisked mixture on the veggies and chicken in the sandwich. Put the rolls together and enjoy!

2) Corn and Radish Salad with Lime Dressing

Corn and Radish Salad

Taste the freshness of corn, radish and lime with this delicious salad. The recipe is quick and easy. Prepare a mixture by blending coarsely chopped jalapenos, fresh lime juice, honey and cumin in a blender. Add some vegetable oil while blending and season with pepper and salt. Toss corn kernels (straight off the cob), thinly sliced red onion, radish, coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley and the jalapeno mixture. Garnish it with salt and pepper. Your salad is ready!

You can pack the jalapeno dressing separately and mix it with corn and other ingredients right before you’re ready to eat.

3) Panzanella

Panzanella

This recipe is a great way to create a delectable salad out of stale bread. Start with making big crumbs of bread (soaked in cold water for 45 minutes, water discarded). Add vine-ripened tomatoes (chopped), finely chopped red onion, fresh basil, cucumber (sliced into half moons), freshly ground pepper and Kosher salt. Keep the mixture in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Season it with red wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil at the time of serving.

4) No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s time to add something sweet to the picnic basket. These no-bake cookies are so tempting that you can’t say no to them. They are made from only four ingredients all it’ll take is half an hour. First of, turn sweetened puffed-corn cereal to a powder using a food processor. Add creamy peanut butter and peanut butter cups to the powder and process until it becomes glossy (for about 2 minutes). Secondly, add some more corn cereal to the mixture and process it until the mixture comes together. Next, remove the mixture from the food processor and roll it back and forth to create a log. You can use a plastic wrap for rolling the mixture. Lastly, spread some sprinkles and roll the log in them to make a top layer of sprinkles. Refrigerate the log until set. After removing the log from the refrigerator, cut it into small pieces. Yummy cookies are ready to be served!

Get ready for an alfresco meal with these no-cook, easy-to-make dishes. They are simple, yet mouth-watering. Include these awesome food items in your picnic menu and have fun without having to be hunched over a stove to cook for long periods of time.