The chill in the air, conkers underfoot and golden leaves overhead can only mean one thing – autumn is upon us once more. Time to bleed the radiators and reacquaint yourself with your jumper collection as we prepare for colder weather. Luckily, the autumn period is crammed with gorgeous seasonal produce to brighten up the dark nights ahead. Here are 12 of our favourite autumn recipes well worth staying in for.
1. Tom Kitchin’s venison sausage stew
Bangers needn’t be basic, these venison sausages add richness to this hearty stew packed with sauted root vegetables and creamy chestnuts. Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin recommends cooking up a batch for autumn suppers.
Get the recipe: How to make Tom Kitchin’s venison sausage stew
2. Liam Charles’ toffee apple crumble layer cake
Apples are synonomous with autumn, especially Bramleys which add their fresh tang to all manner of seasonal puddings and preserves. Liam Charles’ twist on the humble crumble adds a spongey new dimension and is sure to be a future classic.
Get the recipe: Liam Charles’ toffee apple crumble layer cake
3. Lancashire Hot Pot
This iconic winter warmer was originally prepared by busy mill workers who would stew leftover meat and vegetables slowly over the fire while spinning cotton. This version uses filling lamb cutlets and plenty of fresh thyme.
Get the recipe: Lancashire hot pot recipe
4. Blackberry and pistachio cake
With their vivid colour and nectarish juice, brambles are a delightful autumn staple. This dense cake from food-writer Rukmini Iyer adds a savoury element to a sweet dish with earthy pistacho nuts.
Get the recipe: Blackberry and Pistachio Cake
5. Tom Kerridge’s butternut squash pasta bake
This creamy dish is deceptively healthy, packed with seasonal vegetables and topped with an omega rich pumpkin seed crust. Perfect for getting hygge round the table on a crisp autumn evening.
Get the recipe: How to make Tom Kerridge’s butternut squash pasta bake
6. Apple and wild blackberry jam
Fall is the optimum foraging season with sweet blackberries bursting with juice lining evey hedgerow. The classic combination of apple and blackberry makes for a toothsome preserve designed for dolloping on your crumpets.
Get the recipe: Apple and wild blackberry jam
7. Pork, bacon and mushroom stew with cream, cider and parsley
This decadent stew is sure to warm the cockles during a nippy fall evening. With the chicken and mushrooms swimming in a creamy stock, the tart cider complements the pork’s sweetness beautifully.
Get the recipe: Pork, bacon and mushroom stew with cream, cider and parsley
8. Diana Henry’s chicken with wild mushrooms, pumpkin, rice and sage butter
This rustic dish has certain paella overtones but is made using traditional British ingredients including pumpkin and chestnut mushrooms.
Get the recipe: Diana Henry’s chicken and wild mushrooms
9. Slow cooker beef and shallot chilli
This slow cooker chilli recipe couldn’t be easier to make and is packed full of flavour. Prepare in the morning, pop the lid on and it will be ready for all to enjoy by tea time.
Get the recipe: Slow cooker beef and shallot chilli
10. Slow-roasted shoulder of lamb recipe with harissa
A wholesome dish with plenty of bite, this slow-cooked recipe takes its influence from Algeria.
Get the recipe: Slow-roasted shoulder of lamb recipe with harissa
11. Lucy Watson’s vegan white bean stew with dumplings
This is the kind of vegan meal you can make when throwing a dinner party or having lots of friends over as it’s tasty, filling and a brilliantly warming dish for cooler weather.
12. Salted chocolate pumpkin tart recipe
Few things evoke autumn quite so much as the bulbous pumkin, and if you’re looking for a recipe to use up your jack-o-lantern after Halloween, this baked tart is beyond moreish.
Get the recipe: Salted chocolate pumpkin tart recipe