If you’re looking to throw an event—be it social or professional—this fall season, there’s no reason to not take advantage of all the fresh produce that’s abound. By eating within season, you’re getting the ripest, highest-quality foods when at their peak, and this will translate into a tastier, more satisfying menu to impress your guests.
Using these fall foods in dessert is even more delicious, as some of fall’s greatest fruits and spices can really pack the flavor and end the meal on a sweet note. Here are a few ways to use fall’s finest ingredients in your dessert menu for any event. (And, here are a few dessert options better than cake.)
Carrot Cake Pops
Yes, carrots are a staple year-round, but take note—they actually have a season where they are freshest and most flavorful. And, of course, that’s fall.
Plus, carrots also taste great with a few other fall spices, such as cinnamon or vanilla. By making a moist, sweet and savory dessert with carrots, like a carrot cake recipe, you’ll create something unique and delicious for your guests to enjoy. And, you can use cream-cheese frosting on top for a bit of richness and texture.
Apple cake, pie, tart, ice cream, you name it, and it’ll be ripe and full of flavor. What’s more, you can even make a simple dessert of just a baked apple along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle.
There are so many fun ways to use apples in desserts, and there are tons of varieties to choose from. Picking a honeycrisp or gala might be a bit sweeter than a granny smith, for instance. So, choose your apple accordingly, based on whether you’d like your apple dessert to be sweet, tart, or savory. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
You don’t need to wait until Thanksgiving Day to enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie. Instead, make mini pumpkin pies (individual size) for guests to enjoy as a satisfying end to an event. Not only are mini pies adorable, but they also make sure guests don’t leave in a “food coma.” And, if there’s dancing after dessert, you’ll want to stay energized! A tip? Add cranberry for a dessert with some extra fall pizazz.
Bacon, Spiced Gelato
Creating a gelato or ice cream sundae bar is a great idea for dessert, as people can then customize with toppings, too. A way to make it even cooler? Swap generic flavors, like chocolate and vanilla, for trendy, gourmet scoops.
Adding bacon and fall spices, like vanilla bean and cardamom, to standard vanilla ice cream, along with maybe a splash of bourbon, is fun and inventive. Besides, bacon is always a good option for dessert, right?
Or, you can use turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, churros, citrus, and more. All of these are primed for fall.
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