I have a strange stubbornness when it comes to turning my furnace on for the first time each fall. I try to hold out until November 1st, telling myself we could totally get another run at 75° sunshine. I need to believe al fresco dining isn’t out of the question for the next 6 months, that I won’t soon be wearing long underwear. I can’t give in; I can’t let go of summer and I can’t acknowledge that winter’s knocking at my door.
So I avoid the truth and spend the month of October shivering. Shivering and shivering and…
…baking. I spend a good deal of time baking. A hot oven helps with the chattering teeth and a warm treat with a cup of coffee makes most situations tolerable.
My latest attempt at baking away my October shivers was a batch of pear and candied ginger muffins and they provided just the warmth and comfort I was looking for. The muffins bake up impossibly light and fluffy. They’re loaded with chunks of ripe pear and candied ginger and a spicy ginger-lemon glaze puts them firmly in the “can’t wait to make them again” recipe file.