Of all the things that conjure up autumn for me, baked goods top the list. Cinnamon rolls with hot coffee on a crisp morning, fresh pumpkin puree in pies and cakes, the buttery sweetness of spiced apple cobbler and the crunch of homemade cookies in a warm, fragrant kitchen keep me thinking about fall all year.
Something about the temperature dropping gets me all excited to turn the oven on. I bake dozens of pies every year as the days get cooler. I roast a lot of pumpkins. I make Christmas cakes and bring dessert to Thanksgiving and serve homemade bread and little chocolatey pumpkin treats spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg to friends and family on Halloween.