Raw, noun: 13. unrefined sugar, oil, etc.

Autumn's my favorite baking season: we've got honeycrisp apples and squash and pumpkin and cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves coming out of our ears, and gingerbread and sugar plum cakes are just around the corner.

Meet a few of my recent babies:

Pumpkin spice with raisins, toasted walnuts and buttercream frosting, to celebrate the Giants' big World Series win. I've got no doubt that the bundt played a role in securing the victory. We toasted the win against the Phillies on the road to the World Series with a Chocolate Grand Marnier confection - orange and black, naturally, with a Grand Marnier fudge frosting. I'm already missing the baseball bundts and the many opportunities for making bad punny bunt/bundt jokes. Next year, my friends.


Vegan chocolate raspberry with a raspberry fudge frosting. This is one of my favorite recipes - gleaned from my Yoga Journal article last December, actually - because you can play with it so much. Add coconut; add pomegranate juice and fresh pom seeds for a little crunch; add kahlua to make it a little more dangerous, or espresso powder for a stronger Mocha feel. Whichever way you take it, it's always good. And healthy-ish. And, best of all: ahimsa-rich.

Both recipes can be found in my blog archives. Have a little wander around there; you'll find several other excellent seasonal recipes to get you in the mood for a hot toddy or three.

Now bring on the gingered pear, already!

Pumpkin Spice recipe
Chocolate Grand Marnier recipe (modified; sub out the vanilla ingredients for chocolate, and you're good to go)
Vegan Chocolate Raspberry recipe


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