With the disappearance of sunshine for probably the entirety of the next nine months, it’s understandable how one could be down when facing the realisation that summer has come to an end. Whilst there were but a few, the joyous sunny days spent with an ice cream in each hand are but a mere memory. It’s time. We must accept that autumn has now arrived. Although it means a lot more rain than our already drizzly summer and a seemingly eternal state of crisp, cold days, it’s not all bad news. With the arrival of autumn comes a magnificent opportunity to start indulging in warm and comforting treats to sweeten the dark days.
1) Pumpkin Spiced Lattes
Pumpkin Spiced Lattes (PSLs) are often sneered at for their seemingly frivolous nature. To those of you rolling your eyes at the mention of such an extravagant beverage, I would ask you to give these spiced cups of joy a try before ruling them out. The combination of cinnamon and coffee make for a perfect drink to help you roll out of bed in the grey days.
2) Chocolate Digestive Biscuits
Perhaps it seems like an obvious treat to propose as they are certainly not limited to autumn, yet I believe these biscuits have a special importance in the cooler months. After a long day of lectures and completing deadlines, what better way to unwind than with a cup of tea and a couple of, or a couple of packets if necessary, digestive biscuits? These also taste amazing with large marshmallows if you fancy creating your own smores.
3) Apple Pie
A staple dessert or afternoon treat for autumn. Apple pie is particularly wonderful at this time of year as apples are in season. Thus, it is only logical to eat apple pie until your heart is content. For any bakers reading, apple pie tends to taste the best when it’s fresh from the oven, so why not take one for the team and give it a go this autumn? For the rest of us, Mr Kipling offers a more speedy alternative. If you are still pining for the days of ice cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream to cool the bubbling bliss of the apple sauce oozing from the pastry should do the trick to help with the transition to this new time of year.
Not only do blackberries make for a healthy addition to this list, but they are also a delicious benefit of this season. Although they are particularly accessible in shops at this time of year, why not head out and pick some of your own? Blackberries work fantastically in seasonal fruit tarts, particularly with pears and other berries. An additional great way to enjoy blackberries is in a bowl beside your selected method of study. Only make sure to check you haven’t got purple juice dripping down your lips before heading outside. It’s an easy mistake to make.
5) Salted Caramel Muffins
These decadent masterpieces are of another level to the other muffins you have tried. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, I highly recommend heading to Costa and buying one of these. Not only does the muffin contain a subtle caramel sauce in the midst of its spongy goodness, but the icing on top has a small bite of fudge on top. These muffins are bound to improve any bad day.
If you’re feeling in despair about the summer cocktails and jugs of Pimms being retired for another year, fear not, I have the perfect solution. As the run-up to Christmas lurks in the nearby months, it becomes more and more acceptable to indulge in a glass of Baileys. If you’re a fan of the PSL, why not try the Pumpkin Spiced Baileys? Or if that’s not your cup of tea, perhaps one of their other limited edition drinks for this time of year, such as chocolate or orange truffle. Oh, the possibilities.
by Francesca Getty