Ten Sweet Fall Recipes To Try
Pinterest.com can become an even bigger time suck than Facebook, which is why this week I closed my FB account. You know, so that I can devote more time to Pinterest! (Kidding — I’m going to wrap up a long, messy reorganizing project that culminated in the purchase of some IKEA Hemnes bookcases for my living room, but I digress.)
Over the weekend, my kids and I baked the most delicious cake – just for fun! It was Martha Stewart’s vanilla sheet cake with malted-milk-chocolate frosting, and it was divine. I didn’t even attempt any high-altitude adjustments and the cake still rose perfectly and had a moist, dense-but-not-too-dense texture. This is my new go-to scratch cake. To be honest, I messed up the frosting. The frosting recipe instructs you to let the milk chocolate cool after you’ve melted it, and I didn’t let it cool very long. Fearful that my frosting would never set up, I added half a cup of powdered sugar. The result was a kind of fudge-like, greasy chocolate frosting but it was still delicious on the cake even though the powdered sugar seems to have diminished the malted milk flavor.
At any rate, I subscribe to Michael Pollan’s theory that if you’re going to eat something that isn’t technically good for you, at least make it yourself. I can’t remember the last time I deigned to buy Oreos! Now that the weather is cooling off enough that I don’t feel guilty running the oven, there are some delicious-sounding (and looking — click the links for photos) recipes I’ve saved in my Pinterest account that I plan to try:
Plenty of time to test some of these as potential substitutes for traditional Thanksgiving desserts, now that I think about it. I’m so OVER “traditional” holiday foods! Also, this blog post brings sweet tidings for my friends, neighbors and 21-year old brother who can eat whatever he wants — I’m seven pounds away from losing the rest of my baby weight (!!!) and I can’t trust myself to keep sweets like these – a.k.a. kryptonite – leftover in my pantry!