As the season changes and the days start getting colder, we look for warmth and comfort in the food we eat to see us through the chillier months, from the familiarity of a rich beef stew to a midweek family favourite like chicken pasta bake. We also love celebrating the best of autumn produce, like apples, leeks and pumpkins.


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1. Pork, cider & sage hotpot

A dish of pork, sage and cider hot pot

Combine the best bits of your favourite family hotpots for this slow-cooked pork, cider & sage hotpot. It's a great option for a large family dinner or if you're cooking for friends, everyone can dig in and help themselves.

2. Slow-cooker beef stew

Slow cooker beef stew

This family favourite slow-cooker beef stew is brilliant for busy weekdays. Put the stew on in the morning on low, or if you're working from home, you can do this at lunch time ready for a filling evening meal. Serve with soft, buttery mash and greens, if you like.

3. Pumpkin soup

Bowl of pumpkin soup

Food doesn't get much more autumnal than pumpkin. A warming bowl of our easy pumpkin soup makes a great dinner party starter, lunch or light dinner. For extra texture, top with croutons and toasted pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of olive oil.

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4. Pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie with a slice cut out

This traditionally American dessert is getting more attention on our side of the pond and is a great way of using up your Halloween pumpkin. Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, this delicious pumpkin pie is a brilliant family dessert option for the weekend.

5. Best apple crumble

Apple crumble with a scoop taken out

Our best ever apple crumble recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Enjoy the taste of sweet apple topped with crispy, buttery crumble. We include an additional topping of rolled oats and demerara sugar for extra crunch. Serve with a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream or hot custard.

6. Butternut squash & sage risotto

Bowl of squash and sage risotto

Give a basic risotto recipe an autumnal twist with our butternut squash & sage risotto. It makes for some excellent veggie comfort food that you can curl up on the sofa with after a long hard day.

7. Dorset apple cake

A slice of Dorset apple cake

If you're more of a cake than a crumble person, our Dorset apple cake might be the dessert for you. This rustic sweet apple bake is topped with a sprinkling of demerara sugar and best served with spoonfuls of warm custard.

8. Coconut & squash dhansak

Coconut and squash dhansak

If you're looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner this autumn, this coconut & squash dhansak might just be the perfect bowl. We bulk this out with lentils and spinach, and recommend serving with some warm, fluffy naan.

9. Squidgy pear & chocolate pudding

A tray of squidgy pear and chocolate pudding

This hot, gooey chocolate pud is a perfect no-fuss dinner party dessert, or an indulgent Sunday night treat for the family. Our squidgy pear & chocolate pudding is best served warm with lashings of double cream on top.

10. Toad in the hole

A tray of toad in the hole

This comforting classic is made with chipolata sausages and a simple batter. It's a great recipe to choose if you want to get the kids involved in cooking. Serve our popular toad in the hole with thick gravy and veg.

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