While many eagerly anticipate the cosy embrace of hearty casseroles and comforting crumbles in autumn, the lingering warmth of late summer can make embracing these classic fall dishes challenging. Enter a delightful compromise – recipes that bridge the gap between summer's vibrant flavours and autumn's comforting ingredients. Here you'll find our collection of dishes designed to seamlessly transition your palate from sunny days to dark and chilly autumn evenings.


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1. Apple crumble sundae

Glasses filled with ice cream and apple crumble

This apple crumble sundae brings you all the comforting flavours of autumn, such as cinnamon and ginger, but in a cooling rather than warming form. It’s a simple, budget-friendly dessert that's perfect for settling your midweek sweet cravings, as it can be ready in just two simple steps.

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2. Cider & blackberry ice lollies

The prime time for harvesting blackberries ranges from August through October. This cooling recipe is just the ticket for savouring the lingering summer warmth. The zesty blackberries combine seamlessly with the sweetness of dry cider, creating a spin on a frozen cocktail.

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3. Fig, burrata & proscuitto tartine

Fig, burrata and proscuitto on sourdough toast slices

In warm weather, we turn to no-cook meals or those that require minimal prep. This fig, burrata & prosciutto tartine is an excellent option for a light lunch in hot weather as it makes the most of autumnal flavours, such as fig chutney, thyme, oregano and balsamic. It also only takes 5 minutes to cook too, so you're not stuck in a hot kitchen.

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4. Autumn vegetable salad with saffron dressing

Bowl of courgette, tomatoes, broccoli, olives, spring onions and more autumnal veg

This stunning autumn salad makes a great side dish for up to six people, or can be enjoyed as a light lunch. It features stars of the autumn season, like carrots, courgettes, broccoli, tomatoes and olives, all griddled and topped with a saffron dressing. This healthy salad is vegan and gluten-free, too.

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5. Plum & amaretti semifreddo

Tub of plum, amaretti biscuit, meringue and almond liqueur ice cream with a scoop

Impress your guests with this creamy ice cream flavoured with homemade sweet plum puree, almond liqueur, amaretti biscuits and meringue. It’s more effort to make but makes a great pudding for a crowd. It perfectly captures the essence of late summer.

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6. Frozen blackberry fool

Two glasses of frozen blackberry fool with biscuits leaning on the front glass and a single blackberry

Bursting with the vibrant flavours of the season, this is a spectacular treat. It's effortless to prepare, requiring just five simple ingredients and 10 minutes of your time. You'll have a delightful dessert ready to grace your table in no time.

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7. Ricotta dip with crushed tomatoes & bruschetta

Plate of ricotta topped with crushed tomatoes, basil and rounds of toasted bread

Enhance your summer barbecue with this effortless, no-cook ricotta dip, paired that makes the most of seasonal tomatoes. Designed to feed up to 10 people, this is vegetarian and gluten-free and incredibly quick to assemble too, taking just 20 minutes from start to finish. Plus, for added ease, follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to create a delectable appetiser.

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8. Roasted squash salad with creamy homemade labneh


Prepare for a mouthwatering adventure with this roasted squash salad, featuring a creamy homemade labneh, using Greek yogurt. Butternut squash is the star of the show in this recipe – brush with olive oil and roast in the oven until tender before placing on a bed of salad leaves and onion, then topping with pomegranate molasses, honey and a vinegar dressing.

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9. Pumpkin spice syrup

Glass bottle of pumpkin spice syrup

This pumpkin spice syrup is a great way to add autumnal flavours to your recipes. If you want to cool down in the sun while enjoying cinnamon, cloves and ginger, then add it to a milkshake or drizzle over some homemade vanilla ice cream.

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10. Squash & barley salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Bowl of pearl barley, butternut squash, broccoli and more vegetables

Enjoy a burst of flavour with this versatile salad, whether it's served piping hot or refreshingly chilled. It's a celebration of seasonal goodness featuring the best of autumn's bounty – butternut squash, broccoli, and red onion. Being entirely vegan, it's a crowd-pleaser that caters to various dietary preferences.

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