I'm always sad to see the end of summer especially when it's been such a good one this year with plenty of sunshine (not always the case in the UK!) Autumn does have much to offer though ... not just an excuse to buy new season clothes but an opportunity to try new recipes using all the delicious fruit and vegetables.
Time to swap salads for soups and peaches for pears! The gorgeous colours on the front cover of the Waitrose Autumn Harvest recipe booklet caught my eye ....inside, the Baked Pears with Butterscotch Sauce combine some of my favourite seasonal ingredients ....pears, pecans and blackberries......
Irresistible drizzled with the butterscotch sauce which is so rich and indulgent yet surprisingly easy to make. It's sure to become one of our favourites.
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The next dish I came across is another simple one....Baked Greengages with Cinnamon. It was being demonstrated in Sainsbury's and as soon as I had finished my scrumptious sample, I wandered off down the aisle to buy the ingredients ........
Greengages are a variety of sweet dessert plum. Known in France as the Reine-Claude, it was named in honour of the late 15th century French Queen and was originally grown in Moissac in south-west France. Once very popular in England, these forgotten little treasures now seem to be making a comeback here.
Baked greengages with cinnamon
You will need......
2 tablespoons demerara sugar
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream
2.Place them in a shallow ovenproof dish.
3.Put a tiny knob of butter into each hollow.
4.Sprinkle over the demerara sugar and ground cinnamon.
5. Bake in a preheated oven 180°C, Gas Mark 4 for 15-20 minutes.
It's as easy as that! My kind of midweek dessert and so delicious served piping hot with creamy Madagascan vanilla ice cream which melts into the syrupy sauce!
Finally .....a cake I would like to recreate... Plum Slice which I couldn't resist in Winkleys, one of my favourite local independent cafés.
It was just perfect with a cappuccino!
More autumn fruit dessert recipes here