Autumnal Bakes, #GBBO

Just like that, August has been and gone and the colder, darker days are upon us.  I tend to romanticise this time of year, imagining crisp, bright mornings and dreaming of entire days snuggled up in a cosy jumper with a cup of tea and a good book.  Sadly, the reality tends to be drizzly weather, frizzy hair and puddles leaking into my boots…but there are one or two redeeming features of this season: one is autumnal comfort food and the other is the new season of the Great British Bake Off.

So in honour of this gem of a programme which inspires the entire nation to cook up some delicious (or disastrous) cakes, I have compiled a list of tempting, autumn inspired sweet treats.

Ginger and Treacle Spiced Traybake

From the Queen of GBBO, Mary Berry herself.  When it comes to warming, wintery recipes, ginger has got to be the number one ingredient.  This traybake uses lots of fresh stem ginger, which has lots of health benefits like soothing poorly tummies and reducing inflammation (so you might well argue that this cake is healthy.) Black treacle is also a favourite ingredient for indulgent, sticky sweetness.  You could also add chopped dates or sultanas to this cake if you really want to convince yourself it’s healthy.

Get the recipe HERE.

Bara Brith

Bara Brith is a Welsh fruit loaf made with citrus and spice flavours and is best served warmed up or toasted and slathered with butter. In true British style, it is also made with tea and goes perfectly with a cuppa: I suggest soaking the fruit in Earl Grey tea for even more flavour. The sweetness of the honey glaze complements the tang of the citrus. And of course, it contains all those warming spices that we associate with autumn and winter.

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photo from BBC.

Recipe HERE.

Pear and Ginger Cake

This is my mum’s go-to for a special occasion pudding and everyone who has tried it has asked for the recipe! It is best served warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but it’s also delicious on its own. Juicy pears make for a sweet, moist cake and black treacle and brown sugar give it a rich, fudgy taste. Also, just a reminder, fruit = healthy.

Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread Cake / photo by Lisa HubbardUpside-Down Pear Gingerbread Cake / photo by Lisa HubbardRecipe HERE.

Blackberry and Apple Crumble

Walk down any country lane in England at this time of year and you will almost definitely see hedgerows dotted with beautiful, juicy blackberries. Since it’s impossible to resist picking them by the handful, here is a recipe to put them to good use. This blackberry and apple crumble recipe is vegan and gluten free but you can of course substitute regular flour, oats and margarine or butter. Also, try adding cinnamon to the crumble topping for an even more autumnal twist.

Apple and blackberry crumble

photo from The Telegraph

Get the vegan recipe HERE.

Pain Aux Raisins

The basic requirements of cosy mornings are freshly brewed coffee and warm, buttery pastries. I’ve included a recipe from the GBBO Queen and the final feature of this post is one from the King, Paul Hollywood. I like it because it totally cheats and doesn’t make the pastry OR the crème pâtissière from scratch – clearly, Paul doesn’t have much faith in us but it makes life much easier at least! If you don’t like raisins (what’s wrong with you?) you could substitute chocolate chips.

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Get the recipe HERE.

So there we have it, some seasonal bakes you can try at home. Please let me know your favourite autumnal treats! I can’t wait for tonight’s episode!

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