Autumn Recipes - Recipes associated with the Autumn Season

Mulled Raw Cider

½ gallon unfiltered apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole cloves
2 allspice berries or whole nutmeg
½ orange peel and ½ lemon peel, cut into strips

Cooking Instructions
Pour the into a large stainless steel pot (crock pots or slow cookers are best). Place spices and peels into a cheesecloth. Drop the cheesecloth into the apple cider. In a regular pot: Heat to just short of a boil. In a crock pot: Heat for 2 hours. Remove cheesecloth and serve. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Thanksgiving Champagne Turkey

1 (14 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
1/2 cup butter, cubed
2 apples, cored and halved
3 crushed garlic cloves
1/2 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
2/3 (750 milliliter) bottle champagne

Cooking Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse turkey, and pat dry. Gently loosen turkey breast skin, insert pieces of butter between the skin and breast. Place apples inside the turkey's cavity. Sprinkle with salt, and pepper. Place turkey, crushed garlic cloves and flour in a roasting bag, and pour champagne over the inside and outside of the bird. Close bag, and place turkey in a roasting pan. 3. Bake turkey 2 to 2-1/2 hours in the preheated oven, remove turkey from bag then return to oven to brown skin (approximately 45 minutes) occasionally basting and until the internal temperature is 180 degrees F (85 degrees C) when measured in the meatiest part of the thigh. Remove turkey from oven and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving.

Praline Pumpkin Pie

1/3 cup chopped pecans
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 unbaked 9" pie shell, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp graound ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground mace
1 cup evaporated milk

Cooking Instructions
Preheat oven to 450°. Combine the pecans, 1/3 cup of the brown sugar & the butter. Press into the bottom of the pie shell. Bake 10 minutes. Combine the eggs & pumpkin. Add 2/3 cup of brown sugar, the flour, salt, spices & milk. Beat until smooth & creamy. Pour into the partially baked pie shell. Lower the oven heat to 325° and bake 45 minutes