Those who love summer a little like me will surely understand the joy for the arrival of September – the last summer month, and not even full – and the impatience to throw themselves on desserts that are not watermelon, popsicles, and granitas: we can already talk about autumnal desserts, and here we have the best 8 recipes for us in love with short days, bright colors on the plants, sparkling air, and sweaters.

I have mostly selected typical Italian recipes, but you will find some that represent the change of season abroad. You will find them in order of “priority” because if at number 8 you will find a dessert that is not tied to the seasonality of the ingredients, at number 1 there is a delicacy that you can only prepare in September and no later than.

1. Ciaccia with strawberry grapes

The strawberry grape is a type of grape also called American grape, it is particular and very sweet as well as available only during the month of September. With strawberry grapes, it is possible to prepare many recipes (sugoli, how good!) But the most iconic is the Ciaccia, a sweet and traditional Tuscan focaccia.

2. Persimmon and cocoa pudding

With persimmons it is possible to make many recipes but blend them together with cocoa – that’s right, nothing else – and you get a compact and delicious life-saving pudding, which you can prepare throughout the fall. Flavor it with cinnamon, chopped hazelnuts, and caramel, but I assure you that it does not need further additions. Try it!

3. Pumpkin pie

She is the queen of autumn because she is also closely related to the holidays around the end of October: the pumpkin pie is a shortcrust pastry or shortcrust pastry filled with pumpkin puree and spices, a USA symbol, especially during the Thanksgiving period. I think it’s my favorite dessert, or at least in the top 5.

4. Castagnaccio

I put it in the fourth position only because chestnuts need beautiful late autumn, while the previous proposals can also be considered at the end of September / beginning of October. Castagnaccio is an all-Italian specialty that is neither dessert nor salty: it is vegan, it is simple but with such peaks of aroma and aromas that it has nothing to envy the most sophisticated desserts. Here is the recipe for Tuscan-style castagnaccio.

5. Cinnamon rolls

A leavened rolled and stuffed with brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon … magic that can wake up in the morning, invigorate in the mid-afternoon, pamper in the evening: cinnamon rolls are an Anglo-Saxon delicacy that exists in many variations, and it’s hard to find one that doesn’t face weep with emotion.

6. Apple pie

The apple pie, in my opinion, beats any other apple pie in the world (with the exception of the “ointment” that has been made in my house for generations): making it well is an art and Americans master it all, including the type of dough, cooking times, type of apple. There are many mistakes to get a mess, but our version is valid.

7. S’mores

They are called s’mores and are typical American sweets, particular and sinful: two dry biscuits held together by half-melted chocolate and hot marshmallows. We do not have the recipe but they are not complicated to deduce, it is just a shame not to be able to roast them at the campsite like in the US movies!

8. English carrot cake

With us, it is common and appreciated the carrot cake, soft and with the addition of almond flour a bit like in the very famous snacks that we all ate at least once. In England, on the other hand, they make the English carrot cake: a moist dough rich in carrots and dried fruit (pecans, hazelnuts), oil or butter, and cream cheese to fill. Try our version.

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Stephanie Cleghorn

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