Welcoming Autumn

It’s time for my favorite season.

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Gooey, gloppy goodness

It’s been getting colder and colder here for a little while, but I’ve been holding off on calling it fall (in the hopes of holding off on winter) until now. It’s odd to celebrate fall in Denmark. Back home, everyone is going crazy over the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes and trying to think up a Halloween costume. Just this past weekend, Copenhagen had it’s annual Kulturnatten, or Culture Night. Kulturnatten is so cool, in that so many different places across the city open there doors and host events for the people. The zoo, Rosenborg Castle, and the Carlsberg Factory all had events going on. DIS also took part, and held a haunted house, along with smores-making and pumpkin carving. Going there made me realize how much I miss pumpkin-themed everything and I thought about how I’ll be missing Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday.

Fresh out of the oven
Fresh out of the oven

Since pumpkin treats are scarce (nonexistent) in Copenhagen, I’ve been trying to recreate my version of fall. And these cupcakes helped tremendously. With brown sugar, brown butter, cinnamon, and caramelized bananas, they warmed me right up. If you don’t like bananas, pecans or walnuts would also be a perfect addition. Through the stress of midterms and having my bike stolen, these cupcakes were the exact kind of comfort food that I needed.

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Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Brown Butter Cinnamon Glaze

Brown Sugar Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

3 cups of flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1.5 sticks butter, melted

Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Sift flour, and baking powder, vanilla, and cinnamon. Combine with salt in a large bowl.

3. Mix together brown sugar and eggs in a separate, large bowl.

4. Melt butter, and immediately add to the brown sugar and eggs. Mix until smooth.

5. Gradually add dry ingredients, and stir until well mixed. Batter should feel little thick.

6. Spoon into cupcakes liners until about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes about 18 cupcakes.

Brown Butter Glaze

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter

2 cups of granulated sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla powder

1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 cup of milk

Procedure:

1. Melt butter in non-stick pan until it starts to brown, and then pour into a medium sized bowl.

2. Add dry ingredients and begin mixing. Add in milk to thin out the mixture. Add more than 1/2 cup if necessary.

3. Mix throughly. Can either use right away, or let cool to thicken further.

Easy Caramelized Bananas

1 banana

3 tablespoons of granulated sugar

Procedure:

1. Grease a nonstick skillet, to keep caramelized sugar from sticking to pan.

2. Chop bananas into round slices and roll around in sugar until coated.

3. Place sugar and bananas in pan, and then heat until banana becomes brown. Keep flipping to prevent banana pieces from burning.

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