I love this time of year. Cool breezes, warm sweaters, a cup of hot tea or spiced cider; and I especially love the warm, spicy fragrances of autumn- apple pie with cinnamon and just a touch of cardamom, pumpkin bread, gingerbread muffins, chicken stuffed with sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley, and garlic baking in the oven (or the crockpot) ... so many delicious herby smells coming from the kitchen to delight the senses.
If baking isn’t your thing, warming up the senses with a spicy autumn fragrance can be as simple as simmering a couple of cinnamon sticks, a few cloves, and the peel from an orange in a pan of water on the stovetop. It will create a welcoming scent to warm the hearts of all who enter your home. For a treat that tastes as good as it smells, simmer those same items in apple cider.
And since it is apple season, here is a very simple recipe that will make breakfast extra tasty:
Simple Apple Syrup
1 cup apple juice (I prefer organic, not from concentrate)
2 cups sugar (I use organic cane juice crystals)
Dash of cinnamon (to taste)
Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 10 minutes. Do not stir (I don’t know why- that’s just what my recipe card says!)
Remove from heat and cool 15 minutes before serving.
This is great with waffles or pancakes.
I’ll be sharing more of my favorite fall recipes in the coming days. Please tell me your favorite scent of the season or share a recipe you like to make this time of year!