Fall blew in strong this weekend, with the signature chilly breeze and the arrival of fleece jackets winking their hellos. Autumn flavors abound – sharp cheddar, maple syrup, cinnamon and sweet pumpkin. Welcome fall with open arms and a warm, piping kitchen with one or more of these fun, simple treats you can easily make at home. From sweet to salty to crispy – you name it, it’ll be there, specially hand-picked for the beginning of autumn.
1) Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies Treats
Rice Krispies Treats were always a crowd-pleaser, but what about adding a fun autumn twist to make it even better? One can never go wrong with pumpkin spice on a breezy autumn day. Flush with the flavors of fall, because these munchies will blow you a dose of warmth straight to your stomach with the combination of pumpkin, cinnamon, and soft, gooey marshmallows. Guaranteed, you will practically swoon as you take a bite out of this sweet, sticky delicacy.
- Prepare canned pumpkin.
- Cut up 1/4 cup of it.
- Mix the pumpkin with two tablespoons of cinnamon powder.
- Melt a bag of marshmallows and mix it in with the pumpkin and cinnamon.
- Distribute the batch evenly over the Rice Krispies Treats (as many as you would like).
- Let it cool in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, and voila!
2) Maple Butter Syrup Popcorn
Wave good-bye to the standard popcorn flavors you can get at the cinema – this one’s golden. Even though syrup is produced in spring, maple always feels like such a fall flavor to us. It also goes really nicely with other fall flavors like ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. This popcorn has a little of each and will become your snack of choice as the leaves start to change and the weather gets cooler.
- Pop popcorn following your preferred method.
- Combine two teaspoons of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a bowl.
- Melt half a butter in the microwave and whisk in the maple syrup .
- Add the maple syrup into the bowl.
- Drizzle the mixture over the fresh popcorn, stirring it so the mixture gets evenly distributed.
- Saran-wrap the bowl and shake it, then pop a kernel in your mouth for the taste test.
- Add more spices if you’d like, then eat immediately! The warmer, the better.
3) Salty Cheddar Crackers
Everyone probably shares the nostalgic memory of munching bags and bags of Goldfish Crackers at recess time in their childhood, as it is a universal snackage enjoyed by children worldwide. And who says you can’t enjoy it now too, and even better – made in your own kitchen? Sure, these bite-sized treats will take a few more steps and a bit of patience to make, but the end result makes it all worth it. Wake up your dead fall senses to the warm aroma of savory homemade nibblers that will make you fall in instant bliss.
- Mix 1 cup of flour, 3/4 tsp. of salt and pepper, then add half a butter and mix well until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Add 5 cups of grated cheese.
- Add 3 to 4 tbsp. of water until dough forms into a ball.
- Wrap the bowl in plastic, and let it sit for about 20 minutes up to 12 hours (best if overnight).
- Roll the dough out to about 3 cm thickness directly onto the baking sheet.
- Use cookie cutters of your preference to cut out pieces.
- Bake at 177 °C for 15-20 minutes until crackers turn golden brown.
The verdict’s in – first of all, I’d love to get these in my trick or treat basket and on my breakfast table on a crisp autumn day (or any day for that matter). Second of all, luscious baked goods can still fit into busy fall schedules. So enjoy these fall-licious snacks while you watch the leaves flutter and turn brown.
– Ashley Kim (‘18)