Biscoff and autumn are a nifty combination

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I’ve sung this song a million times before, but it’s simply inevitable that I feel this way around this time of the year. I can’t help it! I can’t quite hold back the green-eyed monster when all the beautiful orange-hued photos with scarf-wearing people in them begin popping up everywhere. I can’t help wishing that I live in a place where I can take Instagram photos of my boots nestled beneath a mountain of crunchy orange leaves; a place where the breeze is crisp and cool all-day long once the -ber months hit.

Well I could spend all my energies wishing for autumn to magically fall upon this country, but unless I move to a different part of the globe it just will not come true. It’s kind of sad. Autumn is awesome, as I’m sure most of you will agree. For the time being I have to satisfy myself with looking through fall photos on the web, or at the very least baking fall treats in my kitchen. 

In my opinion, nothing quite produces orange-coloured baked goods like pumpkin. (Sweet potato comes at a close second, as this equally yummy recipe proves.) But the thing is, we’re not too big on pumpkin in our desserts over here. Sure we have it occasionally, but after my last can of pumpkin puree months ago my brothers have urged me not to buy another anytime soon. The only pumpkin they want to eat is cooked in coconut milk with other vegetables for dinner.

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Despite that, all the pumpkin desserts I’ve made so far have been well received: the pumpkin tart, the cream cheese-filled muffins, the super yummy pumpkin cake roll, even the coffee-spiked pumpkin breads. But as my brothers have informed me, their favourite was the loaf with the cookie butter swirl.

This recipe is a throwback one from my archives, and frankly it has not made its appearance on the blog because I am unsatisfied with the photos. I had planned to redo this but I haven’t had much time on my hands lately thanks to the events I need to attend. It’s always the case during the latter part of the year because people seem to be in a rush to squeeze in a ton of things before the year ends. But in the spirit of autumn I decided I still needed to talk about how smitten we all were by the Pumpkin-Biscoff Loaf!

{Kitchen Diaries} Autumn Edition

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It’s November, which means I am officially starting my countdown to Christmas! Since we don’t actually celebrate Thanksgiving holiday here, we’re jumping right into festive, Christmas-y baking before the last week of November arrives. It’s my favourite time of the year and I’m super excited to make the recipes I have planned for Christmas already, but before that, I wanted to share some of the autumn recipes that did not make the cut.

I’ve actually been pretty busy in the kitchen even though it’s not as apparent on the blog. Poor planning, crazy whims, and the desire to use ingredients screaming at me in the fridge have led me to make some recipes that did not turn out as good as I would have liked, but that you might have some ideas to improve.

Of pumpkin pie and spiderwebs

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I have already resigned myself to the fact that celebrating Halloween just is not in the cards as far as traditions go in our home. But because it is a fun little holiday, I like to join in by making something extra special from my kitchen. This year however, I find I did not have the time for a Halloween baking extravaganza. It’s just been that kind of year. I got completely thrown off my timeline after the big move to the self-hosted site and with the slew of other responsibilities in the real world, I feel like I’ve been playing a game of catch-up since August.

Anyway, I decided to make something simpler instead this year, but I wanted to make something I’ve never eaten before. As I was browsing through Halloween recipes to make, I saw this from my Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts book and knew right away that this was the perfect opportunity to finally get a taste of pumpkin pie! I’ve made several pumpkin recipes already but never just pure unadulterated pumpkin pie. Its colour and flavours are perfect for the fall-like weather we are now experiencing here (or in the case of other parts of the world, actual fall weather) and it has that perfect touch of Halloween on top.

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The obligatory feel-good autumn season post

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Lately it has been a lot harder to get out of bed in the mornings. It sounds depressing when I say it like that, but what I actually mean is in our corner of the tropics we’re finally entering our version of autumn/winter. The “seasons” have gone from sweltering summer heat to insane downpours of rain and flooding, and now we’re at the glorious bed weather time of the year. My favourite!!!

Of course it’s still hot since this is a tropical country after all, but it is considerably cooler than usual. The nights are longer too, and there are evenings I would only need an open window because there is a chill in the air already. This only means Christmas is truly around the corner, and other parts of the world are celebrating my favourite season of all– autumn.

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I’m a bit sad that once again I experience autumn this year through baking only, and at the same time I’m happy I get to discover these fall treats I otherwise wouldn’t notice. The last couple of years I made some of my favourite recipes during this period, and some of them involved the lovely orange pumpkin.

It wasn’t until I started baking that I became more accepting of having veggies in my baked goods. Carrots were fine, and I was hesitant about zucchini but that turned out well too. Eventually I decided to try pumpkin treats and let’s just say I have another point to add to my list of ‘Reasons why I love food blogging’. And these muffins? They definitely deserve to be on that list too!

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