Fallish Food

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Fallish Food

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School always starts way too soon for my taste. That’s why as the weather gets colder and the homework gets longer, I like to curl up with a little autumn-themed coziness. Food and drink provide some of the best ways to enjoy the season. When I think about fallish food, I think about gooey homemade cinnamon rolls and sweetly spiced apple cider. And as someone with experience eating food, I know that very few things can beat homemade cinnamon rolls on a crisp fall day. 

 

40 minutes 

18 servings 

223 calories 

Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened 
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg  

Filling:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Frosting:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar 
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Brush a 9-inch square baking dish with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
  2. To make the filling, whisk 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cinnamon-sugar mixture in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar over butter-brushed dough. Roll dough around filling to form a log; cut log into 18 rolls and place rolls in the prepared baking dish. 
  3. In a large bowl whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Work softened butter into the flour mixture using your hands. Beat milk and egg together in another bowl; pour into flour-butter mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms. 
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and roll dough into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Brush surface of dough with 2 tablespoons melted butter. 
  5. Bake in preheated oven until rolls are set, 20 to 25 minutes. 
  6. To make the frosting beat confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, 1/4 cup softened butter, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until frosting is smooth. Top hot cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. 
  7. Enjoy! 

 

Apple cider is one of many traditional fall beverages that are great to have on a cool day. Not only is it delicious, but it makes your house smell amazing too. I’m sure we’d all enjoy the smell of the “real thing” rather than being teased by the aroma of a burning candle. So, grab some apple juice, spices, and let’s begin. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups apple juice 
  • 2-4 cinnamon sticks 
  • 8 cloves (whole)
  • 8 allspice berries (whole)
  • (Optional) 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar 

 

This recipe can be made on the stove-top or in a slow cooker.

 

  1. Add all ingredients into a saucepan, stirring until the sugar dissolves (if using) 
  2. Put the apple cider on medium heat, then wait until it simmers. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. (The longer you let it simmer, the stronger flavor you’ll have.)
  3. Remove spices 
  4. Serve hot and enjoy.
  5. (Optional) Put ice cream in the cider to make it taste like apple pie.

 

When I think of Fall, I think of hot cups of apple cider and warm, gooey cinnamon rolls, as well as pumpkin picking and sweater weather. My sister’s a fan of jumping into leaf piles and apple picking. My brother likes family hayrides and getting us lost in corn mazes. No matter what type of person you are, fall has something to offer everyone. We didn’t even scratch the surface of the many amazing food choices, but just let me say that apples and cinnamon are a match made in heaven.                                                                                                              

                                                                                                             

Credits to Allrecipes for their cinnamon roll recipe and to Faithfully Gluten Free for their spiced apple cider recipe .