17 October 2019 | By Rachel Billington
As the nights draw in earlier and the temperatures begin to drop, I always look forward cooking hearty, warm and cosy meals for my family. There is something quite comforting about the aroma of a slow cooked stew, or buttery mash potatoes and the sweetness of hot cooked fruit in a crumble.
With baking, autumn brings the opportunity to use up the glut of seasonal fruit such as apples, pears, blackberries and plums and to use flavours such as ginger, mixed spice, and salted caramel for warmth and richness.
Here is one of our favourites autumnal recipes for you to enjoy-
Spiced apple cake
This a lovely cake, which can also be served warm as a pudding, with fresh cream or custard
Makes a 20 x 30 cm cake
For the topping:
3 tablespoons soft light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons plain flour
55g butter, melted
4 dessert apples, peeled, quartered, cored and cut into slices.
For the cake:
170g butter, softened
170g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
225g self raising flour
1- 2 tablespoons milk