The Best of October

I can’t believe we are now in November, where has this year gone to? You know it’s only like 8 weeks until Christmas? 8 weeks! It only felt like yesterday I was making a gingerbread house and cooking a roast for my family! Anyway, as we say goodbye to another month, it’s time to look back on the bakes of October, and weren’t there a few!

We started the month with a tweaked recipe for this non bake White Chocolate and Malteaser Cheesecake. I love a white chocolate cheesecake, as it can be a great base for a number of different flavours, such as a fruity mixed berry for the summer, or salted caramel for the sweeter tooth. These miniature puds in the ramekins are just scrumptious, and the perfect size portion too!

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Earlier in the month, I made this scrummy Rhubarb Crumble, and the best part is that it cost me less than £1.50 to make. Home baking doesn’t need to be expensive, work with what you have and if your favourite ingredients are on offer or reduced, why not use them! It may just give you the idea to try something a little different!

Speaking of crumble, I recently experimented with two of my ultimate favourites, to create this Apple Crumble Pie. The texture and sweetness of the crumble mix, works really well against the pastry base, and the added touch of cinnamon brings a little festivity to the bake. Autumn is well and truly upon us, and I’m making use of all the different flavours, as well and the homely bakes of pies and crumbles.

I have also been busy learning pastry this month, so far having tried puff and short crust. Although there may not seem to be many bakes for the month, November will be full of them, with homemade pasties, tarts and pies (to name a few). I’m also hoping to try making choux and the dreaded filo pastry. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! October features these adorable Puff Pastry Apple Roses and I couldn’t have been happier with the way they turned out.

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These beautiful, delicate apple roses are so easy to make. Needing only a few apples and puff pastry, you can wow your guests with these stunningly sweet delights in just over an hour.

Still have loads of left over Halloween chocolate and sweets? Why not make my Halloween Chocolate Bark?

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I love this bake, it’s just an excuse to throw loads of your favourite sweets and chocolate together, and within minutes you have something delicious! It doesn’t have to be just for Halloween, with Christmas fast approaching, there is a number of possibilities for you to try!

What were your favourite recipes of the month?

Are you looking forward to the Festive Season? What bakes do you have in store for the coming months?

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