When the calendar flips to September, stores start pulling out the pumpkin-spiced stops. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the options. Everything from sweet treats to hummus to sausages are infused with the generic blend of "pumpkin spice." While there's a time and place for some serious PS love, there are many more fall flavors that we enjoy equally, if not more. Click through to see our 10 favorite combos.
Pear and Ginger
Pears, fall's often-overlooked fruit, should be more commonplace in kitchens during this season. Combine its juicy sweet flavor with pungent, almost spicy ginger, and you've got a pair that will perk up any dish. Blend them together like in Ginger Cardamom Pear Butter, or start your day with the two in Creamy Wheat with Pear and Ginger.
Hazelnut and Chocolate
The makers of Nutella knew what they were doing when they brought together hazelnut and chocolate. With hazelnuts giving a toasty nutty flavor, plus the chocolate adding an irresistible depth, it's like the two were made for each other. Enjoy it with a kick of orange in our Curiously Citrus Chocolate Toast, or set up a sweet "chip and dip" station at your next Fall party by setting out graham crackers and Banana, Chocolate, and Hazelnut Dip.
Butter, a much loved and occasionally feared ingredient, transforms into a nutty and extra rich product in a simple cooking process. Easy to use both in a sweet and savory fashion, just a small drizzle of brown butter is all you need, meaning you'll be using less and eating fewer calories and fat than with traditional butter. Try it paired with citrus in Lemon Brussels Sprouts or have a decadent start to your day by making Berry and Browned Butter Waffles.
A classic combo before the times of pumpkin and spice, apples and cinnamon are simply meant to be. Whether you choose tart or sweet apples, spicy cinnamon will always pair beautifully with them. Try the two in a new way with our easy Hasselback Apples or get to fall baking and make Cinnamon, Apple, and Oat Scones.
Citrus and Spice
Bacon and maple are a natural match—maybe that's why many people dip bacon into their pancake syrup. Especially in fall when comforting food is needed for chilly nights (or mornings), the combo becomes even more appreciated. Let your side dish highlight this dynamic duo with Maple Bacon Mashed Sweet Potatoes, or make mornings a bit more bearable with a stack of Bacon Maple Waffles.
A fall necessity, at least for adults, mulled cider is equal parts sweet cider and potent spices. Easy to make kid-friendly by substituting apple juice, everyone in the family will want a glass at the next bonfire or potluck. Make it with extra tangy with Mulled Cranberry-Apple Cider, or go a more traditional route by sticking with Hot Mulled Ginger-Spiced Cider.