Autumn was made for stunning roast dinners with all the trimmings, heaving bowlfuls of comforting soups and bubbling crumbles, hot from the oven. When the nights start to draw in, retreat to the kitchen and whip up one of our favourite autumn recipes, from gloriously sticky toffee apple treats to hearty veggie mains.
Make the most of fresh ingredients at their peak and discover what’s in season in October, and try our mouth-watering recipe ideas.
1. Butternut squash, sage & hazelnut quiche
Hosting a dinner party and want a magnificent meat-free main course? Make our impressive butternut, sage & hazelnut quiche. Squash and pumpkin are at their best in autumn, especially when they’re enveloped in a rich filling and golden brown pastry.
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2. Apple & blackberry crumble
Sweet fruit and a crunchy crumble topping is a pairing that will never get old. A scoop of our apple & blackberry crumble is sure to banish the blues and warm you from the inside out. Serve this firm family favourite with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Looking for a change to the traditional? Try our top 10 crumble toppings. Adding a sprinkling of oats, nuts or even chocolate chunks is an easy way to modernise this marvellous dessert.
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3. Pot-roasted pheasant
A true autumnal treat, game season means plenty of sensational stews bursting with flavour and impressive roasts. Our pot-roasted pheasant makes a magnificent dinner party main course. The slow cooking means the meat will be falling off the bone and chunky veg makes the perfect accompaniment. Trust us when we say it’s delicious served with a dollop of rich bread sauce. Need some help from the experts? Read our top tips for buying and cooking game.
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4. Catherine wheel toad-in-the-hole with honey & mustard onions
Try a true winter warmer in the form of our Catherine wheel toad-in-the-hole with honey & mustard onions. Who could resist the combination of fluffy Yorkshire pudding, Cumberland sausage and caramelised onions? The whole family will want a piece of this beautifully battered main.
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5. Butternut squash soup with chilli & crème fraîche
Take a handful of humble ingredients and turn them into something special with our butternut squash soup with chilli & crème fraîche. Roasting the butternut squash until golden before blitzing brings out the sweetness of the veg. The touch of chilli brings a little warmth, balanced by a swirl of creamy crème fraîche.
Make the most of super squash with our best ever butternut squash soup recipes. Whether you need a vibrant dinner party starter or a simple veggie supper, these soups will warm you up.
6. Slow-braised pork shoulder with cider & parsnips
Serve up our slow-braised pork shoulder with cider and parsnips with a healthy dollop of creamy mashed potatoes. This dish is a delicious mix of sweet and savoury flavours, and slow cooking makes the meat extra tender. No one could resist a scoop of this saucy casserole.
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7. Mustard-glazed roast chicken with waldorf stuffing
There’s nothing better than the smell of roast chicken wafting through the kitchen. Our mustard-glazed roast chicken with Waldorf stuffing is the perfect Sunday roast for a hungry crowd. Pile your plate with all your favourite trimmings, like roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables for a satisfying supper.
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8. Pumpkin pancakes with salted pecan butterscotch
This sweet stack makes for an indulgent brunch treat. Even though our pumpkin pancakes with salted pecan butterscotch are easy to make, they look seriously impressive on the plate. Get your weekend off to a good start with fluffy pancakes hot off the pan, and a rich, caramel sauce with crunchy pecans.
9. Toffee apple bread & butter pudding
Two family favourites come together in our toffee apple bread & butter pudding. Classic comfort food just got an upgrade! Use a brioche base for an extra dose of indulgence and top of a layer of caramel and fresh apple slices. Serve with scoops of vanilla ice cream for a masterpiece of a pudding. This bubbling bake is the perfect remedy for cold, wintry nights.
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10. Stuffed pumpkin
This stunning stuffed pumpkin is sure to be the crowning jewel of any dinner table. Packed with aromatic flavours and texture, this vibrant vegan dish is the perfect no-fuss dinner. You can prep everything in just 15 minutes, then dish up at the table for an extra dose of drama.
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