The Messy Baker Blog

Poached Pear and Brie Salad

It’s officially pear season. Move over, pumpkins!

Poached Pear and Brie Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette |

I always make sure I grab a few pears whenever I make a trip to the grocery store. When I get home, I place them in the fruit bowl to ripen on the counter before storing them in the refrigerator until I’m ready to eat (that’s if they last that long).

I’ve been going a little pear crazy lately and adding sweet, ripe pears to my morning smoothie, making chutney for my morning oatmeal, and baking them in to all sorts of fall treats.

Fall Pears |

USA Pears is currently harvesting all 10 varieties of their pears, Yellow Bartlett being my pear of choice. They’re sweet and juicy when ripe. You can tell when a pear is ripe by pressing gently on the narrow “neck” of the pear near its stem. If it gives to pressure, it’s ripe. I also like to perform what I call the sniff test. If the pear smells like a pear, it’s ready to eat.

Butterscotch Apple Crumb Bars

Butterscotch Apple Crumb Bars made from scratch |

Rich, gooey butterscotch apple crumb bars made with crisp fall apples. I’m officially self-employed full-time. Squirrel, of course, loves that I’m home full-time. “Hey, now that you don’t have to work…” “Um, excuse me, I work. Sure, I work from home, but I still work. Geez, you make me sound like a bon bon-eating,...

White Chocolate Cinnamon Chip Brownies

White Chocolate Cinnamon Chip Brownies |

Not all brownies have to be brown. These white chocolate cinnamon chip brownies are the next big thing. I don’t know this for sure. I mean, it’s not like I a have an insider’s opinion on the next big dessert trend, but I do know one thing, and it’s that these brownies are top...

Red Moscato Candied Apples ~ #SundaySupper

Red Moscato Candied Apples Dipped in Toasted Almonds and Semi-Sweet Chocolate |

Crisp Fuji apples dipped in a sweet coating made with Gallo Family Red Moscato wine. Adult candied apples. Sweet Red Moscato candied apples made with the adults in mind. Warning: These apples are wicked delicious, wicked sticky, and wicked addictive. Eat at your own risk! This week, the #SundaySupper crew and Gallo Family Vineyards...

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Chip Waffles with Caramelized Apples

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Chip Waffles with Caramelized Apples |

Thick, golden waffles topped with sweet, gooey caramelized apples. Breakfast is served! These gluten-free cinnamon chip waffles with caramelized apples are a breakfast-lover’s dream come true. Thick, golden waffles speckled with sweet cinnamon chips and topped with generous spoonfuls of sticky caramelized apples–I just drooled a little. Waffles in my house are a rare...

Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding with Maple Pecans & Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding with Maple Pecans & Pumpkin Seeds | | A healthy breakfast or snack inspired by the flavors of fall.

An easy breakfast option for busy mornings. I made you breakfast…or a snack. It all depends on what kind of mood you’re in. This pumpkin chia seed pudding with maple pecans & pumpkin seeds can be enjoyed any way you like. It’s creamy, naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup, and topped with toasted pecans...

Gluten-Free Mushroom Swiss Poutine

Gluten-Free Mushroom Swiss Poutine |

Crispy fries drenched in rich mushroom gravy and gooey swiss cheese sauce. It’s gravy-fry heaven. This recipe was developed for the amazing folks at McCormick for their Gluten-Free Mixes Launch as member of Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting my recipes and site while I work with...