Looking to add a little sweetness to the fall season? Autumn desserts will do just the trick. This time of year brings out sweet-treat flavors like pumpkin, apples, and cinnamon.
We want to help you provide your guests with the full fall dining experience. So, we started off this autumn series by giving you fall cocktails to add to your menu. We then paired them with some fall entrees and now we’re going to finish it off with desserts.
In this blog post, we’re going to highlight 5 autumn desserts your customers will go nuts for. Everything from twists on a classic pumpkin pie, to pumpkin churros. This fall will be sweeter than ever with these autumn treats.
Pumpkin Pecan Pie
Looking for something better than pumpkin pie and pecan pie? Put the two of them together and you have it. Pecans are great for pies because they offer a crispy topping twist that a normal pumpkin pie doesn’t.
With a quick prep time of 10 minutes, this dessert will be easy to always have on hand. Get the full list of ingredients for the crust, pumpkin layer, and pecan layer here by Delish.
After each layer is created, the pumpkin will be poured first onto the pastry. Then, you want to add the pecan topping and begin to bake. Refrigerate overnight and then it’s very to be served! Top it off with your in-house made whipped cream if desired.
Dandy Ice Cream has a decadent Pumpkin Pecan Pie. Their photo showcases a caramel pecan pie that’s topped with a pumpkin spiced cremeux. The recipe can easily be changed to put your restaurant’s own creative flair on a classic like this one.
Let’s take churros and put a fall twist on them with pumpkin! This dessert will be Mini Pumpkin Churros with a chocolate-coffee dipping sauce.
Cinnamon has been a rising fall flavor as it’s also in the “spice” of pumpkin spice. It’s a fall staple that also carries over well into winter. For this dessert, cinnamon will give the pumpkin churros the perfect amount of spice.
Get the full recipe list from the Food Network here. This recipe is courtesy of celebrity chef and restaurateur, Bobby Flay.
First, here are the directions for the dipping sauce:
- Bring 1 cup of heavy cream to simmer in a saucepan.
- Put 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate that’s coarsely chopped into a medium bowl.
- Add the hot heavy cream and let it sit for a minute before whisking until smooth.
- Stir in 2 tablespoons of coffee liqueur and 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
Make sure this dipping sauce is served warm with the churros. Now, here is a step by step overview for the Pumpkin Churros:
- Start by whisking together 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, the cloves, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl.
- Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to boil along with the pumpkin puree, butter, and vanilla. Whisk this constantly.
- Pour this pumpkin mixture into the bowl with the flour and stir until it thickens.
- Continue to mix and add 4 large eggs. Mix until dough is thick and smooth.
- Grab a pastry bag with a star tip and place dough inside.
- Pipe the dough in 3-inch pieces on a saucepan with 2 inches of canola oil on it that’s 350 degrees F.
- Fry the churros for about 4-5 minutes until they’re golden and crispy.
- Finish them off by tossing them in a bowl with the rest of the sugar and cinnamon needed for the recipe.
The sauce can be served on the side for this or you can dip each churro as you wish. Pumpkin churros will be a fall staple! Make sure to give these a try.
Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
Nothing screams fall more than a comforting dessert on a cold night. A Caramel Apple Bread Pudding is going to be the next autumn dessert to check out.
Get this dessert started by spreading out cubes of challah bread on a sheet and baking for 10 minutes. While this is getting toasted, you want to begin whisking together the bread toppings. Next up is getting the apples sautéed with brown sugar and caramel. Mix this with the bread custard when finished and place it on the baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour and then drizzle with more caramel to serve.
Get the full recipe and step by step guide from Delish. This is going to be the best version of a fall bread pudding possible.
Fall is the time where apple season is in its prime. One way to incorporate them on your dessert menu is through an Apple Crumble. Plus, there’s nothing better than a warm dessert on a chilly autumn night. Apple Crumble is a great warm dessert that is topped off with a cold scoop of ice cream.
You can make this dessert with many great kinds of apples. In particular, a slightly tart, crisp kind would be best. For example, Granny Smith apples would make this recipe shine. Varieties such as Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Mutsu would also work well.
Here is Blue Duck Kitchen preparing for fall with their Apple Cake. It’s topped off with an apple semifreddo, salted caramel, and a balsamic glaze.
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This dessert has very little prep time making it appealing. There’s no need to peel the apples because the skin won’t affect the taste or texture. Since apple crumble doesn’t have a crust, use pecans to give it a nice crunch. This specific recipe is easy to divide up so it can be individually served per guest. Here are the main ingredients:
- 6 large apples, cut into wedges
- 1 cup of chopped pecans
- 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- Vanilla ice cream
- 2 tsp. of ground cinnamon
- 1 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
Begin to prepare the Apple Crumble by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Then, grease a large baking dish with butter. Start by whisking together flour, pecans, brown sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Slowly stir in 3/4 cups of melted butter until the texture is coarse and crumbly.
Next, at the bottom of the baking dish, add your apples, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon juice. Toss these ingredients together and combine, making sure to spread out. On top of the apples, add an even layer of the crumb mixture from above. After this done, it’s ready to bake. It should take around 50 minutes until the topping is bubbling and golden.
Serve this dessert warm and finish it off with a scoop of vanilla dessert. This Apple Crumble will be a fan favorite while celebrating fall.
Cranberry-Carrot Layer Cake
The only thing left missing from your seasonal dessert menu is a rich and moist piece of cake. Give the Cranberry-Carrot Layer Cake a chance to fill it in! Showcasing two of fall’s most popular flavors, this is definitely a festive addition. Together, you get a bright flavor from the cranberries and richness from the carrots.
First, combine all necessary cake ingredients such as eggs, brown sugar, and flour. Then, begin to stir in the carrots and cranberries. A big selling point on this desert can be that your frosting and cake are in 5 layers. Your customers will be able to see each individual layer of cake and cream cheese.
Garnish this dessert with some sugared cranberries on top for extra flavor. This cake will remind your customers of all the sweet flavors autumn has to offer. This recipe is from Taste of Home.
Satisfy the fall season
The best part of fall is the new foods and flavors it brings back into season. These desserts are bound to put your guests in a festive mood and will satisfy every sweet tooth.
Adding fall desserts to your menu will keep your customers engaged and wanting more. Stay on top of your competition by staying ahead of the fall trends and add these sweet treats as soon as you can. Happy Fall!