Fall recipes to enjoy before winter comes

These and other autumn-inspired dishes are an easy way to feed guests during football games, fall parties, evening bonfires, or even lazy days lounging at home.

Many foods come into season during the fall that are perfect for baking tasty treats that evoke memories of falling leaves, crisp mornings, and corn mazes. Use these ingredients now so you don’t face the winter having missed out on your favorite fall recipes.

Fall fruit tarts

Fall fruit tarts. Shutterstock

A tart is an easy dessert that lets you showcase the fruits that come into season during the fall. Start with a store-bought tart crust to save yourself time and energy . If you prefer, however, you can use your favorite homemade crust recipe.

Bake the crust according to package or recipe directions. Meanwhile, whip cream cheese with all-fruit jam, such as marmalade or apple butter, along with a dash of cinnamon and a sprinkling of nutmeg. This will give your tart filling a yummy fall flavor. Spread the cream cheese mixture inside the tart crust and then top it with slices of pears or apples . After chilling your tart for a couple of hours, serve it with hot chocolate or coffee.

Pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin bread.

Your list of fall recipes isn’t complete without a few baked goods that make use of pumpkins . You can use canned pumpkin—not pie filling—or bake and puree pumpkins from your own garden. Replace about half the oil in your favorite bread, muffin, or scone recipe with the pumpkin . You can also sprinkle a bit of cinnamon into your batter before baking your treat. Substituting some applesauce is another easy way to give your favorite baked treats a fall flavor.

Baked apples

Baked apples. Shutterstock

Fall is the best time to find freshly picked apples . Use them to make an easy, healthy dessert. Wash the apples and remove the core, leaving an open cavity inside each apple. In a bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, chopped walnuts, and raisins . After filling the apples with the mixture, drizzle them with honey.

Bake the apples at 350 degrees for about 30 to 45 minutes, or until the apples are slightly soft but not mushy. The filling will melt a little and may run over the edges of the apples, so be sure to bake them in a dish with sides. This recipe also works well with pears , which don’t need to bake as long since they are softer to begin with.

Sweet potato pie

Sweet potato pie. Shutterstock

Sweet potatoes are perfect for baked fall recipes, including sweet potato pie. Mash a couple of baked sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, two eggs, a dash of vanilla, and a can of evaporated milk. Stir well to combine. Pulse the mixture in a food processor if you can’t get all the lumps out. Pour the pie filling into a prepared pie crust and then cover it with chopped pecans or walnuts. Bake the pie at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until the filling is set, the nuts are golden, and the pie is slightly browned.

These and other autumn-inspired dishes are an easy way to feed guests during football games, fall parties, evening bonfires, or even lazy days lounging at home.