Summer days spent soaking up the sunshine and sipping on refreshing cocktails may be over for this year, but we're not fussed… We've got something else on our mind.
That's right. The temperature is dropping, the woolly layers are coming out, and we couldn't be more ready to cosy up with some of our favourite comfort foods in front of the telly with our loved ones.
From macaroni cheese to our nation's all-time favourite pud, check out the "hug-in-a-bowl" recipes we can't wait to cook up this autumn…
Beef stew and dumplings
What says "autumn" more than a bowl of rich, steaming stew and dumplings? Our braised beef with dumplings sits in the oven for over 5 hours until the meat is positively falling apart. Bay, peppercorns, thyme and plenty of red wine give the rich gravy some gorgeous, deep and comforting savoury flavours. This classy dinner is sure to get you in the mood for log fires, woolly jumpers and autumn walks.
Apple crumble and custard
Did you know that apple crumble is the pudding that Brits turn to most often when they need a little cheering up? And we're not surprised! Juicy, baked apples doused in a buttery crumble topping is a match made in British culinary heaven. Add some thick custard into the mix and we're in pudding heaven. What's more, this perfect pud is super easy to rustle up at home from scratch! Find our homely, perfected recipe here.
What's more comforting than a big bowl of macaroni cheese? We love the way sautéed leeks add a gentle sweetness to this Cheddar-tastic classic. Try adding a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard to your béchamel for a little savoury kick.
We love bangers and mash as much as the next person, but our favourite part of the pub grub classic is that luscious, onion gravy…
And that's why we love this saucy Lincolnshire sausage casserole recipe. Slowly cooked onions, fluffy butterbeans and juicy sausages give way to the silky, savoury sauce that brings everything together. Pile onto a dollop of mash and get stuck in. This is one comfort food we couldn't live without.
What's not to love about shepherd's pie? Savoury mince in a rich gravy with cheesy-topped mash; this family favourite is a comforting, warming, proper autumnal affair.
If you've got a slow cooker, pop your mince filling on in the morning and let it bubble and cook down all day. Not only will the flavours improve massively, but you'll save yourself some fussing that evening - just top with the mash and cheese and bung it in the oven. Comforting and practical!
Chicken tikka masala
While a takeaway curry might be your Saturday night treat of choice, nothing beats the reward of making your own from scratch. This chicken tikka masala has all of the creamy, rich sauce and layers of spices as your curry house favourites, but for a fraction of the cost per person. Don't forget the naan…
Fish and chips
Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't get your seaside fix of fish and chips. Crispy, hot and doused in vinegar - this comfort food is sure to put a smile on your face no matter the weather. We've got our homemade recipe down to a tee for those days when a trip to the chippy just isn't possible.
Sticky toffee pudding
Sticky toffee pudding, anyone?
As British as country pubs and complaining about the weather, this moist sponge cake flavoured with dates is doused in homemade toffee, and we would recommend adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream for some next level indulgence. Seriously. If that doesn't scream "comfort", then we don't know what does. Find our traditional recipe right here.