Recipe: Brown Butter Cake with Caramelized Apples and Sour Beer Caramel

Brown Butter Cake with Caramelized Apples and Sour Beer Caramel

Yes, this week is all about pie, but this autumnal dessert from Sarah Jordan, who makes desserts at Chicago's popular GT Fish & Oyster, demands a little attention, too. Jordan coats apples in a caramel that's flavored with sour beer, a style known for its tart, fruity character. Get the recipe here.

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In Season: Pumpkins

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Pumpkins have a bit of a typecasting problem. Though they loom large in America’s cultural consciousness each fall, their starring turns are limited to appearances as jack o’ lanterns on Halloween and in pumpkin pies on Thanksgiving. But pumpkins have so much more to offer: sliced and roasted, they’re a sweet foil for rich, savory dishes such as the Afghani dish kaddo bourani, which pairs caramelized pumpkin with spicy ground beef. When baked and mashed, pumpkin purée can be thrown into quick breads, pancakes, and desserts that in no way resemble pie, like the chocolate cake featured below. How to Choose and Store: Small pie or sugar pumpkins are best for cooking. One five-pound pumpkin will yield about 4 ½ cups of purée. Uncut, uncured pumpkins will keep for a couple of months in a cool, dry place. Cooked pumpkin will last about five days in the refrigerator or up to six months in the freezer. How to Cook:

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October's Best Recipes

Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans
 

Crab Carbonara with Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper, and Parsley Meyer lemon gives some extra vibrancy to this beloved dish of pasta tangled with crab and bacon. Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans You can never have too many variations on this indispensable fall soup in your recipe box. Substitute apples for the pears if you have a lot on hand.

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Market Haul: After Apple-Picking Edition

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For I have had too much 
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
 Of the great harvest I myself desired. –Robert Frost, “After Apple Picking”

Apple picking is an eagerly anticipated autumn ritual. Crisp fall air, cider donuts, hayrides, a bright wagon overflowing with apples that we are sure we will put to delicious use—sometimes it’s easy to get a little carried away. Once home with our invariably enormous haul, we begin to cook with the best of intentions. But after baking a pie or two and making a couple batches of applesauce without seeing a noticeable dent in the apple stores, panic can begin to set in. What’s an overly ambitious apple picker to do? Here are a few ideas.

The Haul: Apples. Many, many apples.

The Tools: A

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Recipe: Sticky Ginger Cake with Caramelized Pears

Sticky Ginger Cake with Caramelized Pears

When deciding on what to serve for dessert when entertaining a large group, it's often easiest to fall back on a shareable, one-pan pie or cake and call it a day. But if your kitchen's arsenal includes a muffin tin, you can easily prepare several individual desserts with the same amount of effort. Take these perfect-for-fall ginger cakes from chefs Tom Berry and Liz O’Connell. They're made with a standard cake batter that's sweetened with a simple date purée. After baking in a muffin tin, the charming cakes are slicked with a buttery rum glaze and topped with caramelized pears. Get the recipe here.

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Valentine's Day Dessert Roundup

Michael Schwartz's recipe for Meyer lemon pudding cakeMichael Schwartz's Meyer lemon pudding cake

Happy Valentine's Day, folks! In case you missed them, here are all of the totally sweet desserts we featured last week: Shuna Lydon’s Rose Petal–Vanilla Bean Shortbread We'd be thrilled to receive a box of these floral and crumbly cookies in place of the run-of-the-mill bouquet. Michael Schwartz’s Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake This lofty, soufflé-like treat is a cinch to prepare, which means you can spend more time with your special someone.

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Recipe: Michael Schwartz's Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

Michael Schwartz's recipe for Meyer lemon pudding cake
No offense to heart-shaped boxes and molten chocolate cake, but this Valentine’s Day we’re looking to branch out on the dessert front. Thankfully, this pillowy Meyer lemon pudding cake from Miami’s Michael Schwartz has come to rescue us from cocoa overload. Sweeter and more fragrant than conventional supermarket types, Meyer lemons give this dessert an appealingly subtle tang. If you can’t find them, use regular lemons—the result will be just as wonderful.

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Recipe: Drunken S'more Cake

S'moreAfter posting an Eat this Word about s'mores last month, we heard from several readers about their favorite versions of this marshmallow treat, as well as requests for the recipe for Michael DiBianca's Drunken S'more Cake. We tested it, and we're happy to report that it's some seriously good stuff. A riff on the composition of a s’more, this dessert was the finale of chef DiBianca’s playful and flavorful Beard House dinner. His version calls for the nutty Nocello and Frangelico, but we think that fruity liqueurs, like Grand Marnier or Chambord, would work nicely, too. Whatever you choose, just be sure to top this treat with a mighty dollop of whipped cream.

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