So the nights are drawing in and getting cooler, the leaves are beginning to turn and I find myself having the mental debate of do I switch the heating on or is it too early? Autumn is finally arriving. I love this season, the colours, wrapping up warm, Downton Abbey and Strictly Come Dancing on the telly and stodgy food whilst I watch them. Bliss.
I don’t like the dark mornings and the ever increasing energy bills but we can’t have it all can we?
So with the onset of Autumn comes a childhood ritual – blackberry picking! I would like to show you fabulous pictures of my sons and I with stained fingers and mouths and tubs full of those lovely berries but alas I cannot. They were either ill in bed or at school when I went foraging up my back garden (yes my garden goes up quite a lot) by myself full of my memories of growing up. I only managed a small tub full but enough to make this scrummy crumble.
I followed a lovely recipe for Spiced Damson, Apple and Blackberry crumble from Reflections of a Foodie, check out the website it has some fabulous recipes. It has all the ingredients listed and step by step instructions and it really does taste like Autumn to me. Crunchy on the top, chewy in the middle and soft and squidgy on the bottom. Perfect hot with ice-cream or cold with warm custard.
As if that wasn’t as enough stodge I decided to make Banana Bread. I used The Hummingbird Bakery Recipe (the link wouldn’t work but do a search and you will find it) and used very very ripe bananas. I am not sure how long it is supposed to keep but I wrapped it up well and put it in a freezer bag, a week later my No.1 son polished it off for breakfast.
Here are the finished goodies served up and ready to eat and what better way to enjoy them than cwtched (snuggled) up under one of my latest bargains from Helping Hands (Rhymney Cancer Self-Help Group) charity shop in Rhymney, South Wales.
There will be more Autumnal blogs over the next few weeks, including Hallowe’en (so excited!) so please pop back again soon