Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel Apple Pie

Fall weather seems to have come and gone, and somehow I haven’t published an apple recipe yet.  What has become of I Wanna Bake!? </melodrama>  However, since it’s still officially fall until December 20, I’m going to squeeze one in there so that this fall won’t be a complete and total bust. 😉  Without further ado, I bring you caramel apple pie!

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Pan de Muerto

Pan de Muerto

This week, I wanted to bake something for what has become one of my favorite holidays: Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos.  While Day of the Dead is not a part of my cultural heritage, I love the concept of the holiday.  Rather than mourning the loss of loved ones and wallowing in sadness, the focus of Day of the Dead is to celebrate those who are no longer with us and invite their souls to visit.  It’s actually a two-day holiday that happens on November 1 and 2.  The first day celebrates children and infants, and the second day celebrates adults.  Families create altars, or ofrendas, which hold pictures of the deceased loved ones, as well as favorite items and foods, candles to light their way, and glasses of water to quench their thirst.  Other traditional elements include marigolds, tissue paper decorations (papel picado), and the ubiquitous sugar skull.  I incorporate the elements that are most meaningful to my family in my personal celebration, but this year I wanted to try something a bit more traditional and make pan de muerto.

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Apple Cider Cutout Cookies

Apple Cider Cutout Cookies

Happy Thanksgiving in advance!  Time sort of got away from me last week, so this post is extra late (sorry about that).  If you need a last-minute addition to your dessert spread, here’s a fun cookie with an unexpected burst of apple cider flavor.

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Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Caramel apples may start disappearing from grocery stores soon, but that doesn’t mean that you have to go without until next fall.  Today, I bring you the caramel apple in cupcake form!  Soft apple cake meets homemade caramel frosting, and together they’ll make you forget about caramel apples entirely.

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Apple Honey Cheesecake

Apple Honey Cheesecake

Today is an auspicious day in I Wanna Bake’s history: its 100th post!  Thank you for sticking with me this long and listening to my rambling week after week.  I wanted to do something special for my 100th post, and after months of racking my brain, I settled on something that is delicious, pretty, and seasonally appropriate: apple honey cheesecake.

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All Things Fall Cookies

All Things Fall Cookies

Lately, I’ve been challenging myself to come up with cookies based on nebulous ideas.  So far, this ongoing experiment has brought you bad day cookies and unicorn poop cookies.  Today’s result is what you’d get if you took all the best bits of fall and turned them into a cookie.  I give you: the All Things Fall Cookie!

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Caramel Walnut Apple Dumplings for Two

Caramel Walnut Apple Dumplings for Two

The fall baking bonanza continues!  Josh and I went apple picking this weekend, and we ended up with 41 pounds of apples (I know, I know, I’m a crazy lady who must be stopped), so you’d best believe there are lots of apple recipes coming your way.  If there’s an apple recipe you’ve been dying to make, now’s the time to make requests!

Apple Tower

Aren’t they pretty?

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Butternut Squash Pie with Granola Crust

Butternut Squash Pie with Granola Crust

I’m back!  I had to take last week off due to the plague (ok, it was really just a cold, but I felt like I had the plague).  Aside from being too weak to get up off the couch for more than 10 seconds at a time without getting exhausted, I didn’t want to feed people infected baked goods, so I didn’t bake last weekend.  It felt wrong, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

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Vegan Apple Spice Cake

Vegan Apple Spice Cake

A couple months ago, my dad asked me if I knew any recipes for “vegan cake or cornbread” because he has a vegan guest coming over for Thanksgiving.  This was a simple enough request on the surface, but these days any request for a recipe has a strong potential to become a challenge.  I couldn’t just google vegan cake recipes; I had to make my own.

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pumpkin spice cutout cookies

Pumpkin Spice Cutout Cookies

Fall has been in full swing for about a month now, and I’ve resisted the urge to make Halloween- or harvest-themed cookies, so I decided this past weekend was high time that changed.  I love looking at and eating cutout cookies, but I absolutely hate rolling them out.  While I think I like decorating them, the amount of swear words flying around my apartment during the process really suggests otherwise.  Still, I attempt them from time to time.  I bought some new cookie cutters (the skull cookie cutter is similar to these) a month ago that I’ve been dying to use, and pumpkin spice cream cheese recently appeared in the cold section of my grocery store, so the time seemed right.

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