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Pastry Chef Nichole Hillis fills us in on the Woodmark’s best fall pastries, and provides a pear-and-cranberry crisp take-home recipe.

What are the 3-5 most popular desserts for fall, and why?

The most popular desserts in the fall in the Pacific Northwest are Apple
crisp, Spiced Pear tartlet, Huckleberry cheesecake, and apple and Pumpkin Pie. These are home style favorites that embody the season, especially with delicious Washington apples!

Any standout desserts for fall?

For our newest Destination Taste, we are highlighting miniature pumpkin scones with a cinnamon glaze. They are served daily in our lobby alongside local apple cider mulled in-house. Also, as we are planning our fall menus, we will be incorporating a sundae with the scones, pepita brittle, caramel corn, tapioca pudding, and salted caramel ice cream.

Your favorite quick, do-it-at-home fall dessert recipe? 

Nichole’s Pear & Cranberry Oat Crisp

Crisp Filling:
5 large ripe pears, peeled, cored, and sliced thin                                               
1 ½ cups fresh whole cranberries
3/4 cup sugar
Toss these three together pile high in glass baking dish

Oat Topping:
2 sticks of cold cubed butter                                                                     
1 cup brown sugar                                                                                          
½ cup granulated sugar|
½ cup old fashioned oats
½ of an orange (zest only)
1 ½ cups All-purpose flour                                                                          
Combine all ingredients in a food processor until nice and clumpy, sprinkle on top of your Pear cranberry mixture, and bake in a 350-degree oven till nicely golden brown and bubbly.

What are your top desserts to make for fall?

“My favorite treats to make are brandied pears and crustless pumpkin pie (for my daughter).”


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