Culinary Inspiration

Fall is in the air! When the afternoon breeze turns cool and we begin to plan for fall weather, the buzz of autumn activities comes rushing back. We remember our favorite cozy dishes and, particularly, the baked goods that grace our ovens. Whether you’re trying your hand at baking bread or getting the kids in the kitchen to try out a new muffin recipe, California walnuts add flavor, texture and nutritious goodness, and make your favorites more special. Here are a few classics with a nutty twist to add to your fall baking list.

Warm Welcomes

The fall weather often brings more than just cool breezes and tri colored leaves. It’s also the time of year when we begin to anticipate spending more time with family. No matter what that looks like this year, brisk fall mornings are soon returning. With them, comes the challenge of breakfast, which can be difficult when you’ve got a houseful of hungry people.

Enter mouthwatering Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Walnut Streusel to save the day. You should probably make a double batch of these muffins, because the flavors of fall have never tasted better. The maple walnut streusel within will transport you to the cozy comfort of the season, even if you’re wrangling the kids or rushing to a virtual meeting.

For the kiddos (and the young at heart), consider whipping up a batch of Caramel Apple Pie Bars. These chewy, sweet snacks will have the whole family delighted, and prep is a great activity to get everyone involved in. It’s the classic flavor combination of caramel and apples, and the rich aromas will fill every nook and cranny in the kitchen.

Crave-Worthy Snacking

As the day progresses and hungry tummies rumble, you’ll want to have some ready-made snacks on hand. With the multitude of fall bounty at your fingertips, there’s a number of fresh breads you can whip up at home. Whether your taste favors Pumpkin Bread, Zucchini Bread or tried-and-true Banana Bread, pass around a warm and fluffy loaf at snack time that’s bursting with flavor and simple to serve. Each of these options is made with California walnuts to add a special crunch. Don’t forget to snap a photo to jump in on the social media baking trends, too!

Whether you are snacking on fresh breads or saving them for dessert, you may want a little something special to pair them with. To try something new in the kitchen, craft your own homemade Walnut Milk to use in lattes this season. Whichever homemade bread you make, there’s no better partner than a Salted Honey & Walnut Milk Latte. This warm indulgence is a treat all by itself, and it comes together in five minutes flat, just enough time to plate a few slices of bread for the kids.

Time for Dessert

Sweet treats are one of the best parts of the season, and you’ll surely want to partake after dinner. Put a Glazed Walnut Butter Cake on the table, and it’ll be the star of the show. It’s a lovely concoction of everything great about cake, right down to the beautiful vanilla glaze and crunchy California walnut garnish. For something a little lighter but still loaded with comforting fall flavors, opt for a warm Walnut Spice Cake instead. Cinnamon and nutmeg are evenly balanced in this masterpiece finished with powdered sugar just for good measure.
These simple, inviting recipes are sure to breathe new life into your fall baking list. There’s no shortage of what you can bake up with this season’s flavors and hearty California walnuts!

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