As I think about some of my favorite Fall treats from my childhood. the one that springs into my mind first is Gingerbread. My Mom would make this quite often in her square 9" cake pan. A lot of people make this in a loaf pan but in our house you were served a square piece of cake sprinkled with powdered sugar. Whipped cream was and extravagance when I was growing up and something that we normally only had for Thanksgiving with our pumpkin pies. On rare occasions, the gingerbread was served with a small dob when there was leftover whipped cream from Thanksgiving.
|Gingerbread with a dab of whipped cream|
My mouth waters every time I think about this cake. Also, when my brother and I went trick or treating there was a family a couple of block down who invited everyone in for a drink of apple cider and a piece of gingerbread. You can't beat the old favorites.
|A&P Spanish Bar|
A&P was a family owned grocery chain that closed up its stores in the Pittsburgh area. I found a store in Erie when I traveled north. They carried the main staples for our household and my Uncle Bill worked for them for years as a butcher and then produce manager.
A lot of people I know buy their treats and cakes from the local supermarkets instead of baking their own. My personal favorite from Giant Eagle is their Carrot Cake that is iced with cream cheese icing and decorated with icing carrots on top.
|Carrot Cake from Supermarkets|
|Carrot Cake Loaf with Cream Cheese Icing|
|Baked Apple with Cinnamon and sugar|
|Baked Apple with Pie Crust|
|Apple pie served with cheddar cheese|