Lately I haven't seemed to have the time to bake at all, and I have really missed it. I love baking, there's nothing quite like having a home-made dessert after a Sunday roast or as a treat on a Friday night.
So - since I have an abundance of apples sitting in a basket on the counter in the kitchen after our afternoon of apple-picking, I have been busy baking and putting them all to good use, whilst also fulfilling my Autumn Bucket List resolution to 'bake more'. The Mister is not a big fan of cooked apples (there's always one isn't there! And it's always him...) so I made him a bread & butter pudding to have after our roast at the weekend to keep him happy.
The kids and I have so far made a delicious cinnamon apple cake (I think this was my favourite), a toffee apple cake and an apple crumble using recipes from the Family Kitchen Cookbook. They are so easy to follow and the results have been very successful & thoroughly enjoyed by us all.
Half the fun of baking, for me, is letting the kids join in and really get stuck in. I find that with both baking and cooking, the kids are far more likely to want to eat food if they have been the ones to help create it, which can be a great help for fussy eaters. E & I have had fun making biscuits too, my nan's vanilla butter biscuits always go down a treat and only needed a little input from me, the rest of the hard work was done by E!
I've been enjoying making Autumnal dishes now that the weather is turning. Lots of soups, casseroles and warming, filling meals perfect for these chilly evenings especially after coming home from swimming or training sessions.
Do you have any special dishes & desserts that you particularly enjoy at this time of year? What are your family favourites?