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Fall baking is defined by its recognizable palette of flavors — pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and cloves all lend comforting spice to breads, pies, pastries, and more. But now your fall desserts can see as seasonal as they want, thanks to Nordic Ware’s new Seasonal Square Mold, available on the retailer’s website ($38, nordicware.com) and Williams Sonoma ($44.95, williams-sonoma.com). The bakeware features nine sections – which make it easy to divide or serve individual cakes – with different fall designs including gourds, gourds, wheat, acorns and fall leaves.
Made of cast aluminum, the 8-cup mold also allows for customization: feel free to add candies, nuts, chocolate chips or even layer your batter. Perfect for brownies, blondies, shortbread and more, this nifty piece is so easy to use and makes gorgeous fall desserts every time.
As well as the iteration sold at Nordic Ware (see above), the nifty pan is also available from Williams Sonoma (below) – the only difference being that William Sonoma’s version boasts a premium gold tone. Both iterations feature a nonstick finish ideal for quick release and easy cleanup. Like the bronze piece sold at Nordic Ware, the gold rendition is made of durable cast aluminum that promotes even baking and crisp detail.
If you want to add the Seasonal Square Pan to your own fall baking arsenal, we have a handful of recipes that pair well with the piece’s unique shape. Lean into the season with our Pumpkin Spice Cake, which is a delicious alternative to pie; this treat contains a double pumpkin punch from the spice and mash. Or maybe you fancy something a little lighter and brighter – enter our Lemon Cake. The dough comes together in just 35 minutes and is infused with lemon juice and zest for a welcome citrus boost.
Take advantage of the autumn pan even more by concocting our Breton Butter Cake, which can be enjoyed for breakfast or for dessert. It has a crispy, dense texture comparable to shortbread and goes well with coffee. Note that you should avoid adding icing, as it will cover the beautiful design that the molds in this pan leave behind.