“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
It’s officially FALL now. Yeaaaaahhhh! Cheers to the glaring and alluring colors of Autumn.
At this time of the year, we see the greenest fields out of the green woods turning pale.
The beautiful forests start changing colors. OH! Golden, red and orange branches of a green maple tree in September looks so beautiful.
Every season has its special beauty and Autumn is no exception. I love the phenomenon of watching the trees turning from a uniform green to all varieties of gold, yellow, orange, and red. This is a splendid experience.
Some of us might think that trees would be bald-headed soon after the Fall, and we become sad for them. But we need to see this beauty as a sign of a new dawn, not a sign of decay. If you look at the trees closely, they appear a little tattered and tired of sustaining the delicacy of being covered with green leaves all through the hot summer.
They want to relax now. And that is why the nature gave them this relaxing period. A period of pause. A time to refresh and get back all the shattered energy. This is how the nature encourages trees to try again next year.
And the trees do that with so much willpower. Then we’ll see a new beginning again — the start of the Spring.
Some might be sad to see this change, knowing that the changing colors foreshadow the arrival of a long cold and dark winter. But this is the first announcement of AUTUMN.
Nature also wants us to sit back and relax and get prepared ourselves for the coming dark and cold times.
If we will have no winter, then the arrival of spring wouldn’t be so special. We would not adore anything. And that’s why such change is a must. Change is nature’s law. And change is always not bad. It’s for a good reason, many times.
I personally love the time when season changes because this serves as a reminder to ourselves about the uncertain and unpredictable life. It tells us to cherish everything which we are blessed with. Nothing is permanent here.
A couple of months back trees were lush green and now they are about to shed all those greens. What a way to mark the beginning of a new season. Every end comes with a new start. Whenever there is an end there will be a new beginning. That’s nature’s virtue. So why keep missing which we don’t have instead of enjoying what we’ve got.
There’s just so much goodness and LOVE this change brings.
I also have some thoughts about change. I do not want to change anything but I just want to re-live those moments of my life again.
Here is what I feel about change sometimes:
‘Sometimes, I feel I want to go back in time.
Sometimes, I wish I was a baby for a while.
Sometimes, I wish I could go back to school again.
Sometimes, I wish I could be back in the university’.
But these sometimes are only what I can wish for. They can never be real. Time can never go back. Time never waits for anyone — what’s gone is gone forever. Time goes on. So whatever you want to do in life, do it now. Don’t wait. Do not wait for the right time, because the time will never be right. So why not living a desired life. Why not enjoy what we all have right now, right here. Why not celebrate the tiny moments we get everyday. Because later we might want to come back to this time we are living now.
Okay, okay, enough talk about these FALLtastic moments for now; I should keep this inspirational talk for later. 🙂
So let’s start again on a cheerful note. Let’s leave all our worries aside and enjoy the precious moments life gave us. Remember, they are never gonna come back.
And to cherish my moments of Autumn, I am here with my first Fall recipe. And that is ‘Apple Cinnamon Brownie with Caramel Drizzle’. Yeah! I wish you could can sense my excitement about all these apples and cinnamon brownies.
I have been really struggling upon deciding the very first apple recipe of Fall. I kept thinking about a Fall recipe to share with you all. And then I thought why not sharing something with a NO-FAIL combo of apple and cinnamon. We all know that they both are a match made in heaven. SO I want to share this heavenly dish made with such heavenly ingredients.
Today we are talking about apple brownies. They are ideal for breakfast, brunch and dessert too. I said breakfast because I love to have some sweet stuff for breakfast. Sugars charge me for the whole day, and then I don’t feel so hungry so soon. They are deliciously appley and sweet.
Apple brownies and a glass of milk or hot chocolate. Nothing can be more comfy and cozy than this. Ohh, I just love it.
Cold weather inspires making more baking dishes. And during this Autumn I would bring a whole lot of delicious oven dishes. Am I promising that? No, because it’s harder to keep a promise then to make it. So I am assuring you without a promise that I will share many oven dishes. Afterall Fall is here again, and so is the baking season! 🙂
Today’s brownie is super simple yet exotic. Simple flavors and simple ingredients. Apples, cinnamon, cardamom, butter, almond, some nutmeg, caramel, and some more apples. Just YUM!
It’s just one of the perfect dishes to pair with the apples. I added salted butter to these. And believe me salted butter tastes even more flavorful. So rich and yum. So I recommend using salted butter for this dish. But if you are not comfortable with using salted butter, you can surely go for the regular butter.
I’ve also added brown sugar + granulated sugar. And you know the awesomeness when you pair apple + cinnamon + cardamom + brown sugar? These are Succulent. These are Nutmeggy. These are Sugary. All in all, these are spectacular.
And this one is so easy peasy too. 🙂 Are you ready to ‘FALL’ in love with this dish?
Let’s now learn to make Apple Cinnamon Brownie with Caramel Drizzle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Generously butter a baking pan (I have used 6 x 10 inch). In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, 1 tsp cardamom nutmeg, baking powder and soda and mix well. In a separate bowl, add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, melted butter, egg and almond extract. Whisk well to combine all the ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined.
Now add apple chunks and stir gently to combine and evenly distribute. Spread the brownie dough into the buttered baking dish. Top with apple slices and sprinkle ½ cinnamon. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until golden and just set. You do want to over-bake, so keep a close eye. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes before cutting into 8 even bars. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with some powdered sugar.
- salted butter, melted and cooled - 1 stick
- all purpose flour - 1 cup
- ground cinnamon - 1 tsp
- ground nutmeg - 1 tsp
- ground cardamom - 1 tsp + ½ tsp
- salt - ½ tsp (if you are using unsalted butter)
- baking powder - ½ tsp
- baking soda - ½ tsp
- granulated sugar - ½ cup
- brown sugar - ½ cup
- egg - 1 large
- sweet apples, peeled and cubed into ½ inch cubes - 2 medium size
- thin apple slices for decoration
- almond extract - 1 tsp
- icing sugar
- caramel sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Generously butter a baking pan (I have used 6 x 10 inch).
- In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, 1 tsp cardamom nutmeg, baking powder and soda and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, melted butter, egg and almond extract. Whisk well to combine all the ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined.
- Now add apple chunks and stir gently to combine and evenly distribute.
- Spread the brownie dough into the buttered baking dish.
- Top with apple slices and sprinkle ½ cinnamon.
- Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until golden and just set.
- You do want to over-bake, so keep a close eye.
- Cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes before cutting into 8 even bars.
- Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with some powdered sugar.
- You can keep these in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for upto 5 days.
If you cook this dish, be sure to tag your photo with this hashtag: #mggk
Happy Cooking & Keep Sharing! 🙂