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The Seasonal Baker

Update: Congrats to LaneHogger. Her comment below was picked at random, so she's won a copy of The Seasonal Baker, which lucky for her, is sure to have plenty of apple recipes.

Clarkson Potter, $35.00

With his new book, chef John Barricelli, owner of the beloved SoNo Baking Company in Norwalk, Connecticut, serves up sweet and savory recipes that he makes at home, often with his three children. Even beginner bakers should find success with his Peach-Raspberry Crisp, Cranberry-Pumpkin Muffins, and a bounty of other quick breads, crisps, and cobblers that can be whipped up in no time. (Major bonus: The muffin batters keep for days in the fridge, which means you can bake a few at a time for warm-from-the-oven muffins whenever you want them.) Experienced bakers will delight in tackling more complex projects, such as the elegant Lemon Soufflé Glacé (a light, creamy frozen soufflé). Throughout, the recipes are written with care, with tips to help achieve excellent results.

Tasting Notes

Banana-Chocolate Chip Kugelhopf (page 154) This moist banana cake is not too sweet, and baking it in a mold makes it look pretty, too. The same batter can also be made into cupcakes topped with scrumptious Nutella Frosting (page 150).

Orange Sugar Cut-Out Cookies (page 83) Grated orange zest gives classic sugar cookies a fresh twist. The recipe makes a generous batch of dough, but it freezes well, so you can put aside half to bake another day.


Featured Recipes from The Seasonal Baker
Cousin John's Cafe Belgian Waffles Fourth of July Mixed Berry Cobbler Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Cream
Cousin John's Cafe Belgian Waffles   Fourth of July Mixed Berry Cobbler   Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Cream



What's your favorite fall treat to bake? Leave a comment below answering that question for a chance to win a free copy of The Seasonal Baker. We'll pick a comment at random on Tuesday, October 16, and notify the lucky winner via email. Good luck, bakers!

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Comments (70)

CathySBruce writes: My absolute favorite fall treats are molasses spice cookies. Two cookies and a glass of fresh cider hits the spot. Posted: 9:08 am on October 15th

SuzanneSig writes: Pumpkin Cranberry Bread and apple slab pie Posted: 6:22 pm on October 14th

Miss_B writes: That's easy! Warm apple strudel just like Mom used to make!
Posted: 8:16 am on October 14th

PSP writes: Pumpkin Rock cookies from Nancy Baggett's All-American Cookie book. They have just the right amount of spice, and remind me of my childhood. Without the frosting, they taste like Horn & Hardart molasses spice cookies with raisins (if there are any of you that remember Horn & Hardart bakery shops). Posted: 6:45 pm on October 13th

elysek writes: Fall is the time for baking pumpkin desserts. Especially pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread pudding, and pumpkin cheesecake. Posted: 10:33 pm on October 12th

dhbutz writes: with cooler weather setting in, we always turn to homemade bread to warm the kitchen, tummy and heart Posted: 9:52 pm on October 12th

seejanecook writes: My favorite is fine cooking's fastest fudge cake with chocolate genache. It may not seem seasonal, but it is requested by my sweet daughter for her birthday cake every year (she'll be 9 next week). When I make it any other time of year, I think of fall and my sweet E. Posted: 3:39 pm on October 12th

user-539395 writes: My favorite fall recipe is a pumpkin nut bread. My husband got this recipe from a man at his job. The man makes a small loaf for all his friends. It's moist and so delicious. Posted: 11:39 pm on October 11th

user-539395 writes: My favorite fall recipe is a pumpkin nut bread. My husband got this recipe from a man at his job. The man makes a small loaf for all his friends. It's moist and so delicious. Posted: 11:37 pm on October 11th

ArleneHand writes: Walnut maple cookies and apple crisp. Posted: 8:57 pm on October 11th

smitty2k2 writes: OMG!! If I don't make these Pecan-Chocolate Squares EVERY fall season, I do believe my family and friends would RIOT!! Posted: 11:49 am on October 11th

llive24 writes: Fall is my favorite time of the year. My favorite thing to bake is my to die for apple pie. However, I cannot get enough pumpkin, hot warm desserts topped with ice cream, and just about everything else. This fall I have already make homemade jam for both thumbprint cookies and raspberry bars. I have also made pumpkin cinnamon rolls, pumpkin chocolate chip bread... and can't decide what to do next. Posted: 10:16 am on October 11th

jmzimmer3765 writes: apple crisp & ANYTHING pumpkin Posted: 9:04 am on October 11th

5060lady writes: My and my kids favorite treat to bake is Apple pie and pumpkin cheesecake Pecan and Dates pie Posted: 8:38 am on October 11th

dlaraneta writes: Pumpkin torte with cheesecake swirl Posted: 8:07 am on October 11th

mrs_bb writes: I love to bake with apples! Pie, cake, bread...all yummy! Posted: 4:38 am on October 11th

garchompson writes: Apple everything... pie, muffins, danishes, tarts. Oh my!!!
Posted: 10:33 pm on October 10th

juliesturtle10 writes: Pumpkin Rolls and Gingerbread cookies bring me into the fall season. It gets it all started and then I am ready to tackle anything that comes my way and love it! Posted: 10:30 pm on October 10th

DonnaTee writes: Breads! - Sourdough, apple, zucchini, pumpkin, banana (and many others). Nothing "speaks to me" more in ANY season than bread! Posted: 10:26 pm on October 10th

worldtable writes: one of my favorite fall treats.. a pear cranberry pie with lemon zest and brown butter... amazing. Posted: 8:52 pm on October 10th

tmzoom writes: Pumpkin cheesecake Posted: 8:48 pm on October 10th

Joan_Emmett writes: My favorite fall treat is apple pie. Posted: 8:39 pm on October 10th

cinmyrs writes: Fine Cooking's Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Walnut Struesel. Yum! Posted: 7:56 pm on October 10th

jentlewolf writes: Buttery yeast rolls! Posted: 7:47 pm on October 10th

PengiePie writes: Pumpkin pie is always a winner at my house and so are apple pies. Next in line is apple strudel. Apple crisp is also good with homemade vanilla ice cream. Posted: 7:43 pm on October 10th

KITCHENBICH writes: Pumpkin Bread. I bake several mini loaves to pass out to my neighbors and friends.
Posted: 7:19 pm on October 10th

golucky writes: Easy to make - apple crisp! Posted: 7:10 pm on October 10th

speechie writes: Pumpkin roll and apple pie! Posted: 7:08 pm on October 10th

cesmith writes: Oooh, what don't I like to bake? The cold weather means 'homey' food like apple crisp, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, bread. Posted: 6:45 pm on October 10th

deaconsbench writes: pumpkin pie Posted: 6:37 pm on October 10th

dineindiva writes: gingerbread! Posted: 6:27 pm on October 10th

Pielove writes: Apple pie! Posted: 6:24 pm on October 10th

snowdaze writes: There are many - the most requested is Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese-Pecan Filling, Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze, Pumpkin Pound Cake with Orange Glaze, Gingerbread with Lemon Curd, Apple Tart, Rosemary Bread....yum! Posted: 6:05 pm on October 10th

ErinM78 writes: The pumpkin whoopie pies in this book are my new fav!! Posted: 5:56 pm on October 10th

vpasquan writes: Apple turnovers!!! Posted: 5:54 pm on October 10th

LArcher writes: Apple pie, loaded with farm fresh apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Served with homemade vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of warm caramel! Posted: 5:54 pm on October 10th

user-186561 writes: My favorite fall treat is to bake pumpkin pie. It reminds me of family and things that I'm thankful for. Posted: 5:53 pm on October 10th

Chef4bob writes: It's a toss up between pumpkin pie and caramel apple cookies! Yum! Yum! Posted: 5:49 pm on October 10th

hmbarber writes: Apple Pie with Northern Spy's the best! Posted: 5:47 pm on October 10th

bdgreen writes: Nothing can surpass my favorite Apple Galette, a Fine Cooking recipe that is easy to make and and quite the show stopper in taste and apearance. Yummy! Posted: 5:45 pm on October 10th

kimbaron writes: One of my favorite things to bake is a recipe for coffee cake muffins I saw Mr Barricelli prepare on TV - simply delicious...and great on a crisp fall morning with a hot steaming cup of coffee...:)

Posted: 5:41 pm on October 10th

user-291422 writes: Pumpkin Pie or a nice apple crisp....maybe apple brown betty...oh wait pumpkin spritz cookies.......oh god there are too many Posted: 5:36 pm on October 10th

dlbayley writes: French Apple Pie!!!!!! Posted: 5:35 pm on October 10th

DianesFoodBlog writes: Hands down, it's my mom's apple crisp recipe. Even a crisp, cool night in August will start the Pavlovian sequence and get my mouth watering for that apple crisp. It just wouldn't be Fall without it! Posted: 5:35 pm on October 10th

loubaby writes: Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream and caramelized Pumpkin Seeds on top. Posted: 11:29 am on October 10th

jonem writes: Apple crisp, served warm with vanilla ice cream on the side! Posted: 10:14 am on October 10th

adamsmom writes: Apple tart with apples fresh picked at a local orchard Posted: 9:45 am on October 10th

LaneHogger writes: I love to make anything with apples, but especially apple crisp. Posted: 8:43 am on October 10th

midlandsjean writes: Any kind of fruit crisp. I love to include crunchy oatmeal and cinnamon on the top. Serve piping hot with frozen yoghurt or ice cream! Yum! Posted: 8:21 am on October 10th

BakerLisa writes: My favorite fall treat is a take on spice cake that I make called "Just Ducky Plum Cake". I make a cake with duck eggs to give it richness and fresh ripe plums cubed and stirred into the batter, lighter spicing than the apple version. I bake it in spring form pans and serve it warm and unadorned. It is also good with lightly sweetened whipped cream. Posted: 8:58 pm on October 9th

marilynjeansmith writes: Upside Down Pear Gingerbread Cake ~ topped with whipped cream sweetened with maple syrup.
Posted: 8:47 pm on October 9th

clash writes: apple crisp with vanilla ice cream melting on top! Posted: 7:55 pm on October 9th

Paulguynj writes: Anything with pumpkin. Pumpkin cheesecake,bread and pie. Also, enjoy baking apple desserts as well during the Fall. Posted: 6:31 pm on October 9th

Rognvald writes: Apple Crisp warm from the oven with cinnamon ice cream! Posted: 6:19 pm on October 9th

user-1058986 writes: Apple or pear Tarte Tatin, served warm with homemade vanilla ice cream and dark caramel sauce is my favourite fall dessert. Posted: 5:30 pm on October 9th

cdromano writes: Maple glazed scones! Posted: 5:13 pm on October 9th

shabby2chic writes: pumpkin bread Posted: 3:11 pm on October 9th

recipiehnd writes: My favorite thing to make is Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust. Fall is in the air. Posted: 12:32 pm on October 9th

kukoclvr writes: I love all things pumpkin, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cheesecake and the list goes on. I love fall and all the wonderful comfort foods and desserts that come with it. Already started on my weekly soups. Loving it!! Posted: 12:13 pm on October 9th

dpg1962 writes: Apple pie and apple cake! I just love the variety of apples that only comes this time of year in Ohio. Posted: 10:18 am on October 9th

susan259 writes: Don't know that I can pick just one--I love cooking with apples, pears, and pumpkin--pear crisp, apple galette, pumpkin pie, apple cake, pumpkin cake, pumpkin cheeseckae...I LOVE fall! Posted: 10:10 am on October 9th

shrutinath writes: Favorite fall treat - New York Style Cheesecake, with a variety of different toppings so everyone can customize to their own preference. Blueberry compote, caramel sauce, ganache, lemon curd +icing sugar, raspberry sauce.

Its perfect with a rich dark coffee! Posted: 9:59 am on October 9th

wendy2012 writes: Favorite fall recipe - pumpkin Gingerbread Posted: 9:42 am on October 9th

chokomom writes: My brother-in-law just made a bundt type apple-cranberry
cake; has large chunks of apple and has gone to the top of my Fall Faves list-was great warmed up with either vanilla ice cream or whipped cream although while writing this I think a batch of cinnamon ice cream may be in order! Posted: 9:41 am on October 9th

juanpierre writes: I love making different variations of chocolate chip cookies.
They go great with hot tea. Try it! Posted: 9:20 am on October 9th

user-1030410 writes: I roast sugar pumpkins from my garden and make pumpkin pastry puffs- a little pumpkin cheesecake wrapped in a sour cream pastry dough dusted with cinnamon sugar. I also love apples and make SoNo's mini tart tatin but add my own twist of a dash of Calvados and a sprinkle of pecan praline. Yum. Posted: 9:01 am on October 9th

user-386723 writes: My favorite way to celebrate fall is with pumpkin! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread - Delicious. Posted: 8:45 am on October 9th

SueCorcoran writes: I love pumpkin cake with lots of walnuts in the fall. But I also love to make apple crisp and try out new varieties of apples. Posted: 8:35 am on October 9th

cookingjudy writes: Pumpkin Cookies! These cookies are a family favorite and a great start to Fall. They are filled with butterscotch morsels which gives them a unexpected twist. Very good. Posted: 10:04 am on October 8th

nayloves2cook writes: What's my favorite fall treat to bake? Paradise Punch Pudding! It's a beautifully moist cake that combines summery fruits (pineapple & strawberries) that are brightly colored like the fall leaves, in a warming pudding that prepares you for the coming cooler weather. Then soaked in a syrup, I find it a perfect balance to finishing the summer and introducing the fall...a little drizzle of caramel sauce and a serve of ice cream makes it even better! Yum! Posted: 12:25 am on October 7th

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