Okay, so you probably have all those absolutely delectable Thanksgiving basics down. And for that your family will certainly thank you! But what about some yummy Maine dessert recipes you can dish up throughout the holiday season? Here are 3 of our all-time favorites—all using local Maine ingredients that will support our farm and fishing communities AND make your home smell amazing!
Just-Like-Grandma’s Apple Crisp
- 6 golden delicious apples, peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, diced into small cubes
- pinch of kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Butter an 8” × 8” baking dish, or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, add chopped apples, granulated sugar, 3/4 teaspoon each of the cinnamon and lemon juice. Stir to combine, then transfer to a prepared baking dish.
- In a separate mixing bowl, add topping ingredients (brown sugar, oats, flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, salt, and diced cold butter). Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the oat mixture, using a slight downward twisting motion, until the mixture resembles pea-sized crumbs.
- Spread topping over apples in baking dish, and gently pat to even it out. Bake 40-50 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Serve warm and enjoy!
From-Mom’s-Garden Pumpkin Bread
- 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree (or, better yet, pumpkin puree you’ve made yourself)
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup water
- 3 cups white sugar
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 / 2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 7”x 3”-inch loaf pans.
- In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water, and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
- Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
A-Maine-zing Maple Syrup Tarts
Ingredients For Base
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup flour
- For Topping
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons flour
- pinch of salt
Instructions For Base
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine butter, brown sugar, and flour, and stir until the mixture is crumbly. Press mixture into an 8-inch greased baking pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- In a saucepan, combine the maple syrup, brown sugar, and walnuts. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add butter, and stir until melted.
- In a bowl, beat the eggs with the flour and salt. Add egg mixture to maple syrup mixture, and stir to combine. Pour over the base and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.