What are you having with your pork pie this autumn?
Autumn is almost upon us (officially beginning on the 22nd September.) For those that are still upset over Britain’s rainy summer and clinging onto the fact summer might eventually happen, think of all the fun we can have in Autumn! The fires are lit in the pubs, cosy nights in, bonfire night, Halloween and the leaves turning beautiful colours are all things we have to look forward to! Not to mention… Christmas. (To anyone rolling their eyes at us for mentioning it 3 months early… we’ve been counting down since July and it’s taken great restraint to not mention it until now so let this one slide okay?)
Once of the best things about Autumn? The food.
Warm Pork pies and Soup
Warm comfort food when you get inside from the cold weather is one of life’s great joys. Get the oven on and stick in a large pork pie (with or without egg- it’s up to you) and leave it to warm up. In the mean time, get some soup in the microwave or in a pan and when it’s ready, quickly shave some Wensleydale cheese into it – it’ll melt and make the soup even tastier. Grab a loaf of crusty French bread and you’ll have a meal dreams are made of. Warm, comforting and full of flavour.
Pork pie ‘n’ Peas
Pie and peas is a Yorkshire tradition, one we love when the weather turns a big colder, swapping a side salad for some warm mushy peas. Here, we had a portion of mushy peas, adding in some proper chips and poured some warm thick gravy over the top of the warm pie which we love to do to during the colder months. We always find when the nights draw in, we tend to like to stay home more, inviting friends over for dinner and a chat. Since everyone in Yorkshire is genetically programmed to like pie n peas, this is a crowd favourite at these gatherings!
Pudding: fruit crumble
For pudding, an Autumn favourite is a warm crumble, straight from the oven and covered in custard. The fruit is up to you – try Yorkshire rhubarb, blackberry, apple or plum.
- 300g Plain flour
- A pinch of salt
- 225g Unrefined brown sugar
- 200g Unsalted butter (room temp.)
- Extra butter for greasing purposes
- 450g apples or other fruit, cubed
- 1tbsp plain flour (for filling)
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven at 180ºC
- Mix 175g of the brown sugar with the 300g plain flower in a bowl. Using the rubbing method, rub in the butter, a few cubes at a time, into the mixture. Do this until all the butter is rubbed in and your ingredients resemble breadcrumbs.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the fruit, 50g brown sugar, tbsp of flour and the cinnamon together gently – don’t ruin the fruit cubes or it will turn into a mush.
- Take an ovenproof dish and pour your fruit mixture into the bottom, making an even layer. Over the top, add your breadcrumbs in an even layer.
- Bake for 40 minutes until cooked through and the breadcrumbs are golden brown and serve!
Do you like your crumble with custard, cream or ice-cream?
So forget your Autumn/Winter fashion, it’s all about the food this time of year! What’re you looking forward to most about the coming season? We can’t wait for warm pork pies and cosy nights in with friends!