I am getting ready for fall in my head via these recipes. I purchased some apple cider yesterday and haven't tried it yet. I DO hope it lives up to my snooty standards. I haven't found any that can compare to the local mix in Conneaut, Ohio. Ugh, I just tried it, I might as well have purchased apple JUICE! Where is the zing,  the creaminess, the glossy color? This 'cider' is great for multi-flavored apple juice, but far from great cider! Where are my cinnamon sticks? To put me in a better mood, We shall try this:


3 cups white sugar
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1.Butter or grease one 8x8 inch pan.
2.In a 3 quart saucepan, mix together sugar, milk, corn syrup, pumpkin and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and continue boiling. Do not stir.
3.When mixture registers 232 degrees F (110 degrees C) on candy thermometer, or forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water, remove pan from heat. Stir in pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, butter and nuts. Cool to lukewarm (110 degrees F or 43 degrees C on candy thermometer).
4.Beat mixture until it is very thick and loses some of its gloss. Quickly pour into a greased eight-inch pan. When firm cut into 36 squares.
*To make it extra cute, place a piece of candy corn on top of each fudge square!