It’s official. The last remnants of summer have passed us by.
The mornings are wet and misty, we’re digging old jackets and scarves from the back of our wardrobes to combat the wind’s chill and almost every store is sneakily lining a few shelves with their Christmas range. While we LOVE Christmas, it’s a bit too early to start talking about that in detail, so instead we’re going to highlight this beautiful time of year: Autumn.
While the nights are getting darker and the temperature colder, Autumn brings with it a tonne of seasonal foods to enjoy… and we aren’t just talking about pumpkins. Last year we talked about some great Halloween foods, but there’s more than one type of treat to enjoy this time of year!
So, until Christmas fully digs its festive claws into the public consciousness, let’s take a look at a few Autumn recipes that you can enjoy as the frost starts to set in.
Okay… One pumpkin recipe.
If there’s one flavour of the season right now, it’s pumpkin spice, so it wouldn’t be a proper autumn recipes blog is we didn’t include at least one pumpkin creation. There are a number of tasty things you can do with pumpkins, but right now we’re going to focus on one of our favourites: Pumpkin cheesecake.
If it’s good enough for bread, candles and lattes, then pumpkin is definitely good enough to be used in desserts. Cheesecake is one of the simplest desserts to make, so you don’t have to worry about burning your house down for the sake of some quirky autumn recipes.
Besides smelling and tasting great, these cake bars also encapsulate the colours of the season wonderfully. The striking orange and brown are sure to stand out and make a great centre piece at whatever party you bring them to!
You can see the full recipe HERE.
If you want to use the leftover goo from your Jack-O-Lanterns, then you can always roast the seeds. They’re a great low-fat snack option as well as a fun topping for mashed potatoes. (Yes, we are 100% serious. It’s essential to mention in any autumn recipes blog).
If there’s a sweet treat that’s perfect for the autumn season, it’s a treacle tart. While they might look tricky, they’re actually one of the simplest pastries to master. If you’ve ever made pastry before, then you already know that it’s a lot easier to make than you might think, and if you haven’t… there you go!
However, if you really don’t have time, you can buy pre-made pastry or pie crust pretty cheaply, but nothing quite beats having something completely homemade. You won’t break a sweat over the filling either. As long as you’ve got golden syrup, breadcrumbs, ginger and lemon jiff you’re all set!
Check out the full recipe HERE.
Home Made Tomato Soup
Nothing beats a nice bowl of hot soup on a cold day, so why not try making your own?
Tomato soup is a go-to comfort food for many, and it’s pretty easy to make for yourself. Plus, it’s a lot healthier. Unlike canned cream of tomato soup, this recipe has all the good stuff: carrots, onions, potatoes, all great for keeping you in top form during the colder months.
Since many people don’t want to spend time chopping and sautéing when they’ve just got in from the cold, you can always prepare yourself by making a few batches when you have the time and then keep it in the fridge or freezer for when you need a nice pick-me-up. It only takes a few minutes to reheat on the hob.
Check out the full recipe HERE
If you’re looking for another great autumn dessert, we highly recommend you try this recipe for damson crumble.
If you’re tired of the same old apple or blackberry crumbles around this time of year, the good news is there’s plenty of other fruits that have come into season that work well. Damsons are a fine example.
You can buy crumble topping from most supermarkets, but if you want to make it yourself it’s not hard at all (it’s literally just sugar, almonds, butter and flour). If you want to get that perfect crumble texture, make sure to pre-cook the topping before you put it on the fruit. This way, the top will avoid absorbing the moisture of the fruit and lessen the chance of you ending up with a soggy crumble.
Mulled Apple Juice
We’ll close out with one of favourite seasonal drinks that you can keep sipping all the way into winter: Mulled apple juice. Plenty of us either don’t drink or aren’t partial to wine, so this warming recipe makes a great substitute.
If you’ve got 15 minutes, some apple juice and a few spices then this is a great simple treat for warming your hands on a cold night, drinking while watching fireworks or trying when you feel like something a little different.
See the full recipe HERE.
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