Midway between a banana nut bread and an English pudding cake, persimmon cakes pair the rich sweetness of persimmons with cinnamon and nutmeg to create a moist dessert. Selecting the right type of persimmon is crucial in this dish; we’d recommend using super soft ripe hachiya persimmons to keep your cake nice and soft. Garnish with candied persimmon slices to impress your fall fans.
Caramelized Opal Apples
This recipe from our friends at First Fruits is a serious triple threat. Along with being truly delicious as is, caramelized opal apples can be added to pies, waffles, and even pork dishes while staying nutritious and GMO free.
- Pro Tip: If you want to delve further into the world of opal apples, try one of these dishes!
Autumn Pear Salad
Some of our favorite pear varieties reach their absolute best during the fall months. We like to pair this premium crop with fresh baby greens from Taylor Farms, sharp cheeses like gorgonzola or blue cheese, nuts, and finish it off with balsamic vianagrette to create a salad that’s equal parts sweet and tangy. For best results, try using these pear tips and tricks.
Roasted Grape Crostini
Grapes get the short end of the stick far too often. The tiny berry can boost standard dishes quite quickly. Roasted grape crostinis are proof of this power. The roasting process helps concentrate the natural sweetness of grapes, making it a great counterpoint to creamy cheeses or umami rich mushrooms. Seriously though, it doesn’t stop there; we’ve seen chefs add ingredients like lemon-ricotta, prosciutto, and even toasted pecans to roasted grape crostinis.
Fig and Apple Pie
For our money, figs are one of the most underrated fruits of fall. While they peter out towards the end of the season, they can be used to add a rich complexity to early fall dishes. To get a taste of this power, we’d recommend adding fresh figs to an apple pie and coating in cinnamon, nutmeg, and other fall spices. If you want to bring some extra texture, consider adding walnuts as well!
- Pro Tip: Prefer your fig dishes on the savory side? Check out some of our favorites here!
Who says that fall cranberry dishes have to start and end at cranberry sauce? Cranberries bring a unique pop and bright color to fall sangrias, particularly if you bring fresh squeezed orange juice and apple slices into the mix. Bonus points if you garnish with a cinnamon stick!