Autumn is a great time to get your bake back on. As a lover of summer , I really dislike autumn, but the only thing that redeems it are the great flavours. The evenings are drawing in (boo) and if you’re lacking motivation now we’re back to school or work and summer holiday season is over, here’s my pick of the best autumnal ingredients. Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything.
The quintessentially British autumnal ingredient, great in cakes, pies and crumbles.
The dark purple jewels that are blackberries are more of a late summer/ early autumn treat. I love picking blackberries from the nature reserve near my house, but their prevalence in parks and wild spaces across the country is part of their charm.
Few things rival that feeling of sitting down for a moments peace during a frantic day with a hot drink in your hand. Except that feeling of sitting down for a moments peace during a frantic day with a hot drink and cake in your hand!
If you are a particular fan of Starbucks* then I suppose it’ll be a pumpkin spice latte, but I’m more a plain coffee gal myself. Anyway, the flavours of coffee and warming spices are not one to be missed.
*other coffee shop chains available
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Plums are yet another great seasonal fruit. This traybake from Waitrose looks simple and tasty.
Sloes can also be picked in the wild in England at this time of year. My mum and I are attempting to make sloe gin at the moment. If it is successful, there’ll be a blog post to follow. In the meantime, how about Laura Madeleine’s hazelnut cake with a blackberry sloe gin glaze.
And finally, if you’re less of a cake person and more of a cookie person, leaf shaped cookies like these by Sweet Sugar Belle are perfect for the season.