12 Favorite Fall Breads Made Without a Pumpkin in Sight
The long-awaited flavors of fall are finally here, and that means basking in all that is spiced, fruited, and filled with nuts. And although pumpkin may have what feels like an intractable grip on the sweet and savory breads of the season, there is more to autumn than just pumpkin. We've compiled 12 of our favorite breads — both savory and sweet — that go beyond pumpkin to showcase the best tastes of autumn.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread
Although this sweetened style of loaf bread does contain all of the components of a warming autumn breakfast — oatmeal, cinnamon, and apple — it's more of an anytime bread, and is a great representation of the season's flavors. Allrecipes home cooks agree. "I made it for a Christmas party and have already received requests for the recipe. And it makes my kitchen smell heavenly," says KMB224.
As the thermostat drops, the need for cheese rises, and Cheddar is the perfect complement to any chilly autumn evening. These Cheddar biscuits are, as some Allrecipes home cooks have discovered, compulsively good. "These were SO GOOD. I could barely stop eating them," says CSANDST1. Made with biscuit mix, they're quick and easy to make as well.
The last of summer's berries come together with rich fall fruit and nuts in this perfectly autumnal loaf. Recipe creator Cindy Bonner offers a helpful hint about taking this great bread farther into dessert territory, too. "Can be glazed if sweeter bread is desired," she says.
Banana Cranberry Bread
Few fruits speak more fully of the bounty of fall than the humble cranberry, and this tasty breakfast bread is a great representation of the berry's versatility. Around Thanksgiving, if you find yourself with extras, toss them together with spare bananas for a wonderful family loaf. "Very moist, very delicious, and very happy to use my leftovers in such a creative way," offers TDACTILE.
Cranberry Orange Bread
Cranberries come into play in this bread, too, where they are combined with a more traditional partner, the orange. This is a bright and tasty bread that is perfectly paired with a crisp fall morning. "I love the combination of orange and cranberries," says annik a. We do, too.
Sweet Potato and Coconut Bread
Fall is the season of root vegetables, and if you find yourself with one too many potatoes on hand, this is the bread for you. Walnuts, coconut, and sweet potatoes come to life in this bread, which really highlights the brilliance of fall flavors.
Sausage and Sweet Corn Muffins
Before corn is completely gone for the season — with luck, you can still grab an ear or two well into October — make these fantastic and multi-purpose muffins, which are just as good as a side dish as they are as a substitute for breakfast. Leisa Waterhouse's review says it all: "This recipe is amazing, simple, and yummy!," she writes.
Autumn Spiced Butternut Squash Bread
Goodbye, pumpkin, hello, butternut squash. This bread takes advantage of the creamy, sweet, and subtle flavors of one of fall's stars. "This is a perfect use of butternut squash from the garden," says Deb C.
Apple Bread with Double Streusel
A sugary, deliriously good streusel makes this apple bread more dessert than anything else — not that we're complaining. Home cooks aren't complaining, either. "Delicious and won't change a thing," says 1kid5kids.
Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits
These flaky biscuits retain their moisture through the addition of sour cream. And the use of cinnamon keeps them fall-specific. A little warmth from the autumn spice jar goes a long way. "I made these biscuits yesterday to bring to work and everyone loved them," says Maddy.
Spiced Maple Banana Bread
If you thought that banana bread couldn't get much better, well, you were wrong. This version has a heavy helping of fall spices, along with a backbone of sweetness, offered up by maple syrup. "Perfect for a rainy fall New England morning," says reema690.
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread
An inescapably delicious anytime bread, the flavors of cinnamon and raisin are particularly great in fall. This recipe can be made in a bread machine, if you have one, or just in a regular loaf pan. "This was a really great loaf of bread! It came out soft and fragrant," says littlebigoven. Some home cooks went a little further and topped theirs with cinnamon roll icing.