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Autumnal fruit cakes, bakes and puddings

by Malou Herkes

published on 13 August 2019

As the summer draws to a close, autumn welcomes in new seasonal fruits that grow abundantly in the UK. Orchard fruit like apples, pears and plums, as well as blackberries that have continued to ripen on hedgerows since August. Make the most of local fruit that's at its best right now in these autumnal baking recipes, from classic crumbles to upside-down cakes to Ottolenghi's simple Plum Friand. 

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Plum, Blackberry and Bay Friand Bake from SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi

Friands are deliciously light, moist almond cakes, which Ottolenghi brings to life here with autumnal plums and blackberries. “The fruit can be played around with, depending on the season”, he says, so feel free to throw in other fruits that need using up; peaches and raspberries in summer or apples and pears later in the year.

From the book

Yotam Ottolenghi

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Pear & Vanilla Upside-Down Cake from How Baking Works by James Morton 

Upside-down cakes not only look the part, they're a wonderful way to showcase in-season fruit without being too tricky to make. Bake Off star, James Morton, shows you how to team pear and vanilla in this modern twist on a traditional bake. Got a glut of plums instead? Try this recipe for Caramelised Upside-Down Plum Cake from Together: Our Community Cookbook.

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Apple and Custard Crumble from The Great British Bake Off: Winter Kitchen by Lizzie Kamenetzky

Tender chunks of tart apple and rich custard, spiked with nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon, and topped with a crumbly topping – the ultimate comfort bake. 

Get a copy of The Great British Bake Off: Winter Kitchen here.

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Any-Fruit Streusel Cake from The Weekend Cookbook by Catherine Hill

You can use just about any fruit in this cake recipe, which is perfect if you have an autumnal glut. Ripe pears, plums or apples would be great, or go for blueberries if you like. 

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autumn baking salted caramel pear and chocolate drizzle traybake meringue girls

Salted Caramel, Poached Pear and Chocolate Drizzle Traybake from Meringue Girls Cookbook by The Meringue Girls

Traybake meringue topped with oozy dulche de leche, poached pears, drizzled chocolate, mascarpone and walnuts, this is an impressive autumnal dessert that's easy to make. 

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autumn baking gluten free hazelnut plum tart genius gluten-free cookbook

Free-from Hazelnut, Plum & Cinnamon Tart from Genius Gluten-Free Cookbook by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Plums, orange and cinnamon on a hazelnut pastry base makes this a show-stopping dessert that's big on flavour for anyone avoiding gluten. 

For more clever, gluten-free recipes, order the Genius Gluten-Free Cookbook here. 

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Joe’s Blackberry Brownies from The Little Book of Chocolat by Joanne Harris & Fran Warde

You need just six ingredients to make these gooey chocolate brownies, combined with sharp blackberries for an easy pudding. 

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