Sweet ginger-spiced pear hand pies, flaky pastry and caramelized pear filling packed with favorite fall flavors – ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla – everything to love about traditional pie, in deliciously convenient hand-held form.
Despite my last Summer fling, the apples and pears and pumpkins have since taken over our pantry, settling in comfortably next to our restocked supplies of butter, brown sugar, apple pie spice, and the like – all the necessary ingredients of this cozy season.
We’ve been hunkering inside most of this week, escaping what feels like one continuous week-long rain storm (but thankful that we’re only getting the edge of Hurricane Florence here in D.C.). On the one hand, I’m feeling pretty cooped up with an energetic one year old to entertain all day, but it’s also given me ample opportunity to get a jump start on fall baking.
First up, ginger spiced pear hand pies – with a buttery, flaky pastry, and an irresistible vanilla bean flecked, brown sugar pear filling – that pack everything to love about traditional pie into portable pockets of deliciousness.
Incredibly sweet and intensely flavorful slow roasted tomatoes. A wonderfully tasty – and easy – method for transforming peak-season tomatoes (and even lackluster grocery store varieties) into a crave-worthy Summer condiment.
There we were, all excited for fall baking… but with a week-long stint of temps in the nineties, our new locale begged to differ. So while I still turned on the oven, I’m taking a brief departure from all things cinnamon-spiced, and celebrating the last of the Summer season with one of my very favorite sweet (and savory) treats: slow roasted tomatoes.
A long stint in a just warm oven caramelizes the natural sugar in the tomatoes, teasing out additional layers of flavor and sweetness, until the tomatoes become wonderfully jammy and intensely flavorful, and something so much greater than just tomatoes, olive oil, and salt.
It may be more method than recipe – and it’s a super simple one at that – but write this one down and put in your back pocket – you’ll want to squirrel these slow roasted tomatoes away, because they are out-of-this-world, addictively good. In everything.
Basically replace regular old tomatoes in just about any dish with these flavorful babes and you’ll seriously elevate your tomato – and cooking – game.
Tender and flavorful bakery style cinnamon streusel apple muffins loaded with tart bites of fresh apple and spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla. They aren’t complete without the delicious brown sugar cinnamon streusel crumb topping and an easy vanilla glaze.
Are you ready for Fall? Or still clinging to these last languid days of Summer?
I’m somewhere in the middle, excited to finally have a kitchen to get back to (and in turn start baking again), but also loving all the late-season produce still beaming from produce bins at the market. Peaches, plums, tomatoes, sweet corn… it’s all still calling my name.
…But apples – spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla, and folded into a buttery muffin batter and generously topped with a crumbly brown sugar streusel – sound pretty great too.