TEXARKANA – With the onset of fall, local restaurant menus reflect more seasonal desserts to enjoy.
Whether a customer’s sweet tooth is looking for something more full, spicy and comforting or they prefer traditional sweet options, Texarkana offers a variety of pastries, cakes, cookies and cobblers to taste, savor and enjoy. enjoy.
Emily Graham with Graham Slam Bakery embraces fall by baking her Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce Topping, Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting and Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie, available in his downtown store. The perfect cupcake both looks and tastes like everything there is to love about fall.
For those who want a less traditional fall dessert, they can choose a realistic garden gnome cupcake in a variety of colors that’s almost too adorable to eat.
“Our chillin’ with the gnomies cupcakes are part chocolate, part vanilla, with our vanilla buttercream and a sugar cone for the hat,” Graham said.
She will also be offering apple crisp cupcakes with apple pie filling and pumpkin spice macaroons throughout sweater season.
“We go all out for fall flavors at the bakery,” she said. “We like to use nutmeg and speculoos, lots of cinnamon and ginger to give it a taste of fall.”
Soon, Graham Slam will also be offering its “to-go and torch” crème brûlées to guests this season.
“That means you can light the top or put the oven on broil to harden the sugar on top,” she said.
Other take-home options include DIY fall cookie kits that include bare cookies with four bags of frosting in a variety of colors and sprinkles.
Pecan Point Gastropub and Brewery is also embracing fall comfort with its twist on traditional pecan pie, a crowd-favorite chocolate pecan cobbler. The dessert is infused with Pecan Point’s house dark beer and topped with vanilla ice cream.
“We mix locally grown pecans with semi-sweet chocolate chips in a sweet syrup layered between the batter,” said manager Cali Gudino.
Customers can enjoy new made-from-scratch options at the restaurant every few weeks, but their homemade cheesecakes always pop up throughout the year.
“We are currently working on a vanilla cheesecake, as well as a caramel macchiato cheesecake,” Gudino said.
The vanilla cheesecake is accented with vanilla beans and sits on a graham cracker crust. The cheesecake is topped with locally sourced ganache and pecans to provide a crunchy texture to complement the creamy cake filling.
For a more robust fall dessert, Pecan Point’s Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake is also available. Coffee cheesecake swirled with dulce de leche sits on a graham cracker crust and is then drizzled with caramel and hand-dipped chocolate ganache chips.
Across Texarkana, Twisted Fork flaunts its selection of fall sweets with its Carrot Cake and Apple Pie Bread Pudding. In addition to their regular seasonal desserts, pastry chef Bri Flanagan says Twisted Fork will also be offering fall flavored desserts on sale.
“So far we’ve had apple pie cheesecake, pumpkin cake, and pumpkin cheesecake. Right now, I’m making special Halloween-themed desserts, and in November, I’ll do fall favorites,” Flanagan said.
Fall desserts are among Flanagan’s favorite foods, as they remind him of his family and working alongside his mother in the kitchen during the holidays. In the fall, she tries using seasonings like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, and pumpkin spice.
“I think anything you can stir cinnamon and brown sugar into is a win,” she said. “There’s something comforting about that.”