This weekend is the official start of Autumn. The Autumn equinox. Where the day is exactly as long as the night. And soon the nights will be much longer. Nights curled up in cosy slippers, wrapped in knitted cardigans and snuggled under a soft blanket.
What more could you need on nights like that than an easy but delicious seasonal treat? Actually, why wait until the night? These are just as delicious scoffed at breakfast too!
4 heaped tbsp self raising flour
2 level tsp brown sugar
1/2 pint milk
Butter for frying
Spiced Apple Sauce
2 eating apples chopped into 1cm chunks (peeled or not, depending on your preference)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
- Stir the flour and sugar together in a large bowl
- Pour in some of the milk (you made not need it all so as slowly!) until the batter is very thick and doesn’t fall off the spoon easily
- Add in a little more milk until the batter is a little thinner. Still thick, but more pourable than before. As I said, oh may not need all of the 1/2 pint so add it a bit at a time
- In a hot frying pan, melt a tsp of butter until bubbling and fry tablespoons of batter, 3 or 4 pancakes will usually fit at the same time but depending on the size of your pan of course
- Once the little puddles of batter start bubbling on the top they’re ready to flip. Should take 1-2 mins on the fest side and a minute once flipped
- Pile them onto a plate lined with a piece of kitchen roll
- To make the applesauce put the chopped apples and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil
- Turn the heat down and let it simmer gently until the apples have softened
- Stir in the brown sugar and let it come back to a simmer
- Sprinkle over the cinnamon and ginger and stir to evenly distribute
- Let simmer until the juice has begun to thicken and the apples are really soft
- The sauce is now ready. You can use a potato masher or even pop it in a blender to make it a smoother sauce, but I like to leave mine a little chunkier
This recipe can be easily doubled or even tripled, but these measurements as they are should serve 2 adults and 2 small children as a snack…..depending on how hungry the kids are, they may just demolish the lot if you’re not quick enough to grab some!
What autumnal recipes are you looking forward to this season? Let me know if you try these!
Mrs H xxx
I haven’t been posting for the last couple of weeks (life happens!) but I actually have still been meal planning!
I’m quite surprised at how well it’s going, but it’s making everything so much easier. Especially with the shopping, online ordering has made me ridiculously happy, if you follow me on social media you may already know!
Monday – spaghetti bolognese, garlic bread
Tuesday – lentil and spinach curry, rice, flatbreads
Wednesday – shredded bbq chicken, jacket potatoes, salad
Thursday – courgette and lemon linguine
Friday – chicken enchiladas
Saturday – no cook Saturday
Sunday – Sunday tea at my parents
What’s on your meal plans this week?
Mrs H xxx
I’m giving meal planning another try. Every time I’ve tried before I’ve stopped after a week or so. But trying to get organised because taking the wild child on a weekly shop is getting more and more difficult. It’s either clashing with naptime or he’s just trying to escape the trolley and I leave in a rush forgetting half the stuff on my list.
Last week I placed my first ever order online for a weekly food shop. If you saw my Instagram stories you’ll know how ridiculously over excited I was for this event. Quite frankly, I could do with getting more of a life, but sod it. It was thrilling.
It was slightly nerve wracking, because we’ve all heard the horror stories about odd substitutions or missed items etc, but it went really well! I ordered with Iceland because they were the cheapest quite frankly, there’s free delivery if you spend £35 and they don’t substitute anything just email you on the day to let you know if anything won’t be delivered, and you’re not charged.
I was really pleased, the only thing missing was a bag of apples, everything else arrived in great condition, fruit and veg was fresh and meat had good dates etc.
I’m sure you’ve got the idea by now, but I was, and clearly still am, far too excited about this new (to me) world of online food shopping!
So now my routine will be to sit down on a Sunday and plan the meals for the week ahead, place my order online for delivery on a Tuesday (because I work on a Monday) and use my lunch hour from work to pick up any little bits that I couldn’t order online. Like today I nipped over for some cotton buds.
My meal plans won’t always be as long winded and rambling as this I promise!
Monday – BBQ chicken fajitas
Tuesday – Toad in the hole, mashed potatoes and peas
Wednesday – Cawl and dumplings
Thursday – Lasagne and garlic bread
Friday – Lentil curry, rice, naan bread, poppadum’s, dips
Saturday – No cook Saturday
Sunday – Mother’s Day tea (surprise!)
Do you meal plan? What’s your favourite meal to cook?
Mrs H xxx