10 Best Autumn Fruit Recipes
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Autumn is a great season for foodies (or for the greedy – we don’t judge). As the colder months come in, there is an abundance of fruit to be used up. Summer fruits like peaches and plums are still around, raspberries and blackberries are still harvested in autumn, and the majority of apples and pears are ready to pick by October.
There are plenty of ways to use up these fruits in creative ways. Here are some of our favourite recipes that make the most of autumn fruits.
Hosting a dinner party? This is a dessert that’s guaranteed to impress your guests. We found this recipe for Merlot poached pears with vanilla and cinnamon by Alison Pickel over at New Idea Food. Whole poached pears are served with a red wine sauce, fragrant vanilla and the ubiquitous autumnal spice – cinnamon. You’ll need to use whole cinnamon sticks for this one, as you’ll be simmering them in the wine. You can pick up our cinnamon quills here, which are subtly spiced and perfect for mulling in liquids!
Here’s another great recipe to show off at dinner parties. This autumn fruit pavlova by Graham Campbell can be found at Great British Chefs. Despite looking very professional, it’s actually simple to make. The recipe makes the most of autumn fruits like blackberries, figs and plums. You’ll also need a vanilla pod, which you can find on our website here. Vanilla pods will add a delicate, sweet flavour to the pavlova.
If you’re looking to switch things up when it comes to breakfast food, this fig and pear compote by the guys over at Good To Know is a delicious recipe worth trying. It also happens to be healthy, so you can eat guilt-free! Dried figs and ripe pears are cooked alongside warming spices and cloves. You’ll find everything you need – cloves, star anise, vanilla pod and cinnamon quills – on our website. Serve with raspberry jam and yoghurt and you have yourself the perfect warming breakfast for those crisp autumn mornings.
A great thing about autumn fruits is how versatile they are. Ever thought about grilling fruit? Try it out with this recipe for grilled autumn fruits with sabayon cider sauce by Delia Smith. This pretty and colourful dessert uses the best of autumn fruits, including apples, pears, plums and oranges. The sabayon cider sauce can be served warm or cool – either way, it makes a sweet and tart dessert.
It’s not all about sweet recipes – you can use autumn fruits in delicious savoury dishes too, such as this one for honey-mustard baked sausages with blackberry, apple and caraway slaw. This recipe by Diana Henry is a simple but flavoursome meal that the whole family will love. The slaw makes use of apples and blackberries alongside veggies like red cabbage and baby spinach. One of the key ingredients are caraway seeds, which you can find on our website. They add a sweet and spicy flavour to dishes, with notes of mint, aniseed and orange.
This classic dish is one of the best British desserts. This recipe for an apple and blackberry crumble by the Hairy Bikers is very easy to make, and uses fresh blackberries and sweet apple chunks. No autumnal crumble is complete without cinnamon, with its sweet and warming flavour. You can find our ground cinnamon on our website. Serve with a dollop of hot and creamy custard.
You can also try our recipe for mixed spice apple crumble which uses a fantastic mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, coriander seeds, cloves and mace.
Found yourself overwhelmed with an excess of plums? This plum cake recipe by Nichola Palmer is just what you need. This moist, fruity cake has a delicious crumble topping and you can even add flaked almonds to finish it off. Try something different and serve the cake warm – it goes really well with cream and custard. If you’re not too keen on plums, you can easily switch them for apricots or raspberries too!
Who doesn’t love a cheesecake? This recipe for fig, walnut and maple syrup cheesecake by Melanie Johnson puts an autumnal spin on the dessert. This recipe calls for both fresh and dried figs, and the subtle flavour of them works really well with the sweetness of maple syrup and the nuttiness of walnuts. Fresh rosemary is optional, but we highly recommend it – we love how it adds a minty, peppery taste to ring in the holiday season!
It wouldn’t be a list of autumn fruits recipes without mentioning pumpkins (and yes they’re a fruit, not a vegetable!). There’s a reason why pumpkin soup is such a classic, and this recipe for creamy pumpkin soup with grilled cheese croutons by Judy Kim shows us why. It’s fast and easy to whip up, which makes it the perfect midweek dinner when you just want something simple to warm you up.
Prefer a little spice with your food? Alternatively, visit our website for this recipe for roast pumpkin soup with cinnamon scented croutons. With cinnamon, ginger and bay leaves, this fragrant soup will become your new favourite. You’ll also find a recipe for Moroccan pumpkin soup which uses Ras el Hanout spice blend.
Another delicious pumpkin recipe is this one for creamy pumpkin risotto with bacon and leeks. This is the perfect family-friendly, midweek meal that’s hearty, warming and makes easy leftovers you can just throw in the microwave. Find that you’ve mastered the art of making risotto and want to experiment with other varieties? We have a couple of risotto recipes on our website that you can check out, such as this one for saffron risotto and a Cajun kabano risotto.