(Family Features) - With the arrival of the cooler temperatures and shorter days of fall, it's natural to welcome family and friends into your home for cozy gatherings. Whether you get together before the football game, after a morning outing or simply to catch up on recent events with neighbors, celebrate the return of autumn with a leisurely brunch showcasing the flavors of the season - apple, cranberry and maple.
Entice your guests to sit back and relax by filling your home with the inviting aroma of baked apples and maple found in Crunchy Apple Maple Crisp, a delicious dish ready to be devoured by family and friends. Made with apples, Post Selects Maple Pecan Crunch cereal, cinnamon and sugar, the crisp is sure to bring a taste of fall to your brunch table. To add a special touch, top the crisp with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped topping.
The maple theme continues with Crunchy Pecan Shortbread Bars. The inviting flavor of maple syrup and pecans makes these bars the perfect complement to any fall gathering.
For those who prefer the breads and muffins of a more traditional brunch, spice up your recipes with a double fruit-packed punch. Try the easy-to-make Double Cranberry Bread for a zingy addition to your brunch table. For a delicious twist on banana bread, try tantalizing your guests' taste buds with the aroma of Banana Streusel Muffins.
At the end of your leisurely brunch, tempt guests to stay longer with a warm plate of Blueberry-Orange Crunch Cookies accompanied by a steaming mug of coffee or hot chocolate. Or package a few cookies as party favors for your guests and send them home with a treat to enjoy later.
Enhance the atmosphere by decorating your home with a few special touches inspired by the brilliant colors of autumn in addition to serving delicious food, and your brunch is sure to be an occasion that your family and friends will remember for months.
More About Maple
Fall brunches often include the warm and inviting flavor of maple syrup. You may already know that Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States, but did you know that a maple tree is typically 40 years old before it can be tapped? Here are some other interesting facts about maple syrup:
- Warm sunny days (above 40°F) and frosty nights (around 20 to 25°F) are ideal for sap flow
- 30 to 50 gallons of sap are evaporated to make one gallon of syrup
- A gallon of pure maple syrup weighs about 11 pounds
- Most maple syrup producers are located in northeastern North America
- A sugar maple tree may yield sap for more than 100 years
- More than 75% of the world's supply of maple syrup comes from Canada