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Seasonal recipes: Winter warmers from soup to strudel

Seasonal recipes: Winter warmers from soup to strudel

Cooler weather is here and I like to think I am ready for once (perhaps!) and it wouldn’t be a proper season without a few warming winter meals. Comfort food for the long dark nights, and of course to boost flagging energy levels in the season of coughs and colds, and Christmas shopping! Here, some of the most delicious easy family-friendly recipes to make for winter.


Shall we start with some soup? Here’s a classic: A delicious Minestrone soup — a basic recipe to which you can add elements that your family likes, like cream, ground meat, leafy greens or more. Also try this hearty Oxtail Soup from Eat Your Veg?


Moving on to something a little more substantial, here’s a very French Pot Au Feu from Franglaise Cooking to embrace the start of stew season. Fancy taking your stew with you on the go? It can be done – look no further than this ingenious recipe for Beef Pie in a Mug from Beach Hut Cook

beef pie in a mug
Beef pie in a mug is a perfect handheld Bonfire Night dish. Picture: Beach Hut Cook

Slow cooker recipes

Classic slow cooker recipes of turkey stew, lamb shank and sausage casserole are classics but there is so much more you can do, including curries, Slimming World-friendly recipes, pulled pork and even BBQ ribs and jacket potatoes. Find out how to make all these slow cooker dishes here. We also love this slow-cooker Hungarian beef stew from Bug, Bird & Bee — perfect for cold dark evenings. 

Meat free

Meat-free dishes are perfect for Bonfire Night — it’s the season for gourds, root vegetables and hearty dishes.

Healthy pumpkin recipes for autumnal dishes — this versatile ingredient adds nutrients, moisture, fibre and more to dishes along with a zing of colour. Check out these pumpkin recipes.

Margot Tries the Good Life features one of my personal favourites: Tartiflette. This Courgette, Tomato and Goats Cheese  Quiche from Le Coin De Mel needs to be made in our house soon. 

Best autumn desserts

Onto the sweet stuff. It’s the season for apples and these 39 Bramley Apple recipes will have you cooking up a storm, with apple tarts, crumbles, cakes (as well as savoury dishes too!).

Indulge the family with these delicious your 35 favourite cookie recipes — including chocolate chip, peanut butter, shortbread and more.

If you haven’t tried Chinese Custard Tarts before, they are so good! This recipe from ET Speaks from Home should provide you with a new addiction. I love the look of Free From Farmhouse‘s Fail-Safe Vegan Choc Chip cookies – a recipe I will keep to hand for school baking as it’s not only nut-free, but dairy- and egg-free too, can’t be too careful!

And finally, last but by no means least – this rather gorgeous Peach & Clementine Bundt Cake by Casa Costello. I think I could manage a slice or five, or probably the whole thing.

Discover more delicious recipes and meal ideas in the Food section of the BritMums magazine

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About Emma Raphael

Emma Raphael left the UK for Copenhagen in 2009, with her ever-patient husband and two small children. Having enjoyed a couple of years in Scandinavia, Emma and her family found they enjoyed Expat life so much that they now reside in Munich – where the pace of life is relaxed, her language skills are small, and the mountains and bier halls are very large. Being one half of a self-proclaimed foodie couple, Emma enjoys the new produce and restaurants in each new country she resides in, and has made it her mission to convince people that English food no longer deserves the bad rap it once had. She can be found in the kitchen when she’s feeling homesick, trying to recreate comfort food from home. She also has huge passions for travel, photography, art, wine, gardening (although according to her Bavarian neighbours, she’s not much good at that!) and her family (of course)!

Elinor - Beach Hut Cook

Tuesday 2nd of December 2014

Thanks for including my Beef Pie in a Mug x

Sophie at Franglaise Cooking

Tuesday 18th of November 2014

Thanks so much for sharing our Pot au Feu recipe here :-)

Lou Foti

Saturday 15th of November 2014

Oh what a lovely round up of winter warmers, winter food rocks! Off to pin lots now! And thanks for my own couple of mentions.

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