The transition from summer to fall brings colorful leaves, cool weather and a countdown until the holidays, but nothing makes us feel like fall has arrived more than pumpkin, cinnamon and the warm aroma of fall foods.
It may be hard to make gourmet fall meals and desserts while living on a college campus, but there are many easy recipes that students can make right in their dorms or apartments. Here are five fun fall recipes that are not only easy to make, but also taste delicious!
The first two fall recipes are from Leah Packer, a sophomore theater and communications major, who has a cooking channel with her mom on Youtube. Her channel is called “Because I Said So - Cooking for College,” and she posts videos of recipes that are perfectly suited for college students.
6 medium apples or 4-5 large apples (Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Gala or Fuji)
⅓ cup olive oil or canola oil
⅓ cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon maple extract
1 cup oat flour
1 cut gluten-free oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
How to Prepare:
Cut apples and set aside
Use whisk or fork to combine olive/canola oil and coconut sugar
Add vanilla extract and maple extract
Add oat flour and gluten-free oats
Add baking powder and cinnamon
Mix until mixture becomes crumbly
Spread dairy-free margarine or oil at the bottom of a pan
Place apple slices into the plan
Add maple syrup over the top of the apples
Sprinkle crumbly topping on the apples
Place in preheated oven for at 350°F for 40-50 minutes
Packer believes that it is important to include vegan and gluten free recipes on her channel because she wants college students to be able to enjoy and make delicious meals regardless of their food intolerances, allergies or different diets.
“We always promote using ingredients that you’re comfortable with because everyone’s allergies are different, and we always like to try our best to make our food accommodating for everybody,” Packer said.
Place red potatoes in a pan, add water, and boil them on the stove.
Let potatoes cool
Drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil over the potatoes
Push plate onto potatoes in order to flatten them
Drizzle 3 tbsp of olive oil onto the potatoes, sprinkle and some onion powder onto the potatoes
Cook potatoes for 20 minutes at 450°F in the oven (longer if necessary)
“I feel like very warm, rich, seasonal recipes just kind of hit differently in the fall, like you’re looking for something warm that fills you up. It’s nice to have a fall meal that you’re excited about,” Packer said.
The next recipe is from Talya Horn, a sophomore cell biology and genetics major, who bakes intricate recipes, like homemade croissants, and more simple ones, like the pumpkin bread recipe below, for fall.
“I think when I start making pumpkin bread it’s like the biggest cue or key to starting fall,” Horn said. “It really [puts] me in the nice autumn mood.”
How to Prepare: Follow the directions on the Pumpkin Bread mix, and add chocolate chips to the batter.
Lightly grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
Stir together water, oil, bread and egg mix until smooth (add chocolate chips).
Spoon batter into pan and bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Cool for ten minutes, gently loosen and remove from the pan.
“Pumpkin bread is such an easy mix that the addition of chocolate chips spice it up,” Horn said. “Some people are put off trying things with pumpkin, and I think adding chocolate maybe entices them or even just counters the pumpkin flavor in a great way.”
The final recipes are from Emily Eckles, a junior accounting major, who enjoys baking in her free time and has many fall recipes, such as pumpkin biscuits, banana bread, cinnamon rolls and pumpkin cupcakes. These recipes are not only convenient to make, but they are also guaranteed to be fan-favorites.
“Just like in terms of convenience, they’re super quick, but also at the same time you’re not really sacrificing that time value for the taste of the dessert,” Eckles said. “Some of the most delicious recipes are incredibly simple.”
Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
Add the sugar, butter or margarine, salt, eggs, and flour and mix to a bowl.
Pour the milk/yeast mixture over the flour mixture and mix well.
Place the dough into an oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.
For the filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface.
Spread the 1/3 cup of butter evenly over the dough, then sprinkle with the sugar evenly over the surface of the dough.
Roll the dough down to the bottom edge.
Place the cut rolls in a buttered pan.
Cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface.
Bake them in a 350 F degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Make the icing by mixing all the icing ingredients and beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy and smooth.
“The [cinnamon rolls] are warm, like a good treat in the morning, and I feel like cinnamon is a fall flavor,” Eckles said. Now that October has begun, it is time to embrace the flavors of fall. Everyone can bring the essence of fall into their kitchens this year with the help of these students’ favorite recipes.