In the Pocono Mountains, signs of autumn are all around. The leaves are changing, the sun’s setting earlier, and comfort foods are reappearing on restaurant menus across the region. At farm-to-table dining destinations like the The Settlers Inn in Hawley, fall flavors shine through locally-sourced ingredients crafted by Executive Chef Kate Woehrle.
Looking for some fall inspiration in your own kitchen? We have two seasonal recipes from The Settlers Inn to share: a creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup perfect for warming up on chilly afternoons and a delicious Spiced Apple Butter to go on top of toast or muffins. We're already feeling hungry. Read on for the full ingredient lists and instructions to try your hand at making these dishes at home!
Settlers Inn Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- 4 lbs butternut squash, chopped, no peel (weighed without peel)
- 2 onions, roughly chopped
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 head celery, roughly chopped
- 2 carrots, rough chop
- 1 oz apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 gallon vegetable stock - strong
- 12 oz butter
- Roast the butternut squash till soft.
- While squash is roasting, sauté in a large soup pot: onions, carrots, celery and garlic.
- Once veggies are soft, add the vinegar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, bay leaf and brown sugar. Stir until combined.
- Add the cream, stock, and butternut squash to the soup pot.
- Bring to a boil, and let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Puree with immersion blender, and pass the mixture through a large-holed conical strainer.
- Add the butter, and puree with immersion blender again.
- Season to taste. May need a touch of lemon juice.
Chef Kate's Spiced Apple Butter
- 4 cups apple pulp (recipe below)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon clove
- 1 teaspoon salt
Apple Pulp Instructions:
Take 12-16 apples, depending on size. Peel and core them, then cook them down in a little apple juice until they’re very soft. Run the pulp through a metal sieve to remove any chunks or missed peel.
Apple Butter Instructions:
Combine all ingredients and cook on very low heat for about an hour. If needed, give the mixture extra time on the heat to thicken so that all the flavors come together.
Why not treat yourself to a fall feast at Settlers Inn? Be sure to check out their upcoming seasonal dining events to celebrate the harvest and halloween!
If one meal isn't enough, take advantage of special offers and book an overnight stay at The Settlers Inn. Getting out to view the beautiful fall foliage in the Poconos and experience our bountiful fall fun are perfect ways to work up an appetite!