We are in the last throes of Autumn and the rains have arrived in Cape Town (yay) so its time to settle in with more comforting food, cozy days at home, and lots of indulgences. We have waved a sorrowful goodbye to stone fruits – apart from a few plums lurking around, and have ushered in citrus in a big way. Quince, pomegranates, beetroot, aubergines, all the squash family, apples, and pears are around in abundance, so here is a roundup of recipes that celebrate this autumn harvest.

Apples

Apples

As soon as my fave Pink Lady apples come into season I want to make this apple crumble with strawberries. It’s my all-time favourite apple crumble recipe and once you’ve had it with strawberries you won’t want it any other way  (I use frozen berries by the way since they are not in season). 

Easy pork pies with apple & sage

Apple & banana cake with caramel cream cheese frosting

Autumen leaves

Pear and halva crumble loaf with pecans, honey & maple - adpated from Donna Hay

Pears

Along with apples come pears. Catch them while they are at their peak – and they don’t have a very long window of this. I love to poach them or add them to cakes.

Pear & halva loaf with pecans, honey & maple is my best sweet loaf

Pear and halva crumble loaf with pecans, honey & maple - adapted from Donna Hay

Pear & ginger malva pudding

Poached pears

Pears and cheese

PEAR RECIPES

Pear & ginger malva pudding

Brown sugar pavlova with pears poached in muscadel

Pear tartines with blue cheese & honey

Caramelised pear & gorgonzola toasties

Pears poached in dessert wine

Dukkah baked pears with goats cheese & honey

A basket of organges

Oranges

I love cooking and baking with oranges, eating them straight up or adding them to salads. Here are few recipes that make the orange sing. 

Roast chicken with orange & ginger

Roast chicken with orange & ginger

Oranges being squeezed

Orange & campari cake

oranges

Baked yoghurt with spicy brandy oranges

Orange cake with orange buttercrem from Sweet - By Sam Linsell

ORANGE RECIPES

Orange & Campari cake

Baked yoghurt with spicy brandy oranges

Orange cake with orange buttercream

Avocado & orange salad with fennel

Mussels steamed in orange & fennel

Roast chicken with Italian sausage & orange

Lemons

Lemons

Lemons are a standard stock item in my kitchen and get squeezed over almost all my salad & meat dishes. I could not survive without this incredible fruit that brings everything to life. 

Lemony chicken piccata

Lemony chicken piccata

Autum at Maison

Lemon pistachio cupcakes with a honey meringue frosting

A bowl of lemons

LEMON RECIPES

Lemon & pistachio cupcakes with honey meringue frosting

Easy lemony chicken

Lemon meringue cheesecake

Rooibos and mint  iced tea with lemon & ginger

grilled lamb chops with rosemary and garlic on lemony cauliflower couscous and roasted baby vegetables

Roasted vegetables

Quince on the vine

Quince

Quince are inedible raw but so delicious when poached and added to desserts

Poached quince tart tartin with vanilla

poached quince tart tartin

Vanilla cake with poached quince

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QUINCE RECIPES

Vanilla cake with poached quince

Pomegranates

Pomegranate

The most delectable and visually beautiful fruit, I am always excited when it’s in season. I need to think up a few new recipes….

Pink swirl meringues with pomegranate syrup

Pink swirl meringues with pomegranate

Pink swirl meringues with pomegranate

Pomegranate scones

POMEGRANATE RECIPES

Pomegranate scones

Pomegranate gaucamole

Pomegranate & ginger spritzer

Pomegranate lemonade

Broccoli pilaf with pomegranate & almonds

Pomegranate mojito

Sweet potato

Aubergines, beetroot, sweet potatoes & squash

Now is the time to embrace the orange variety of sweet potatoes and all the squash family. Beetroot are in season along with aubergines. 

Oven roasted sweet potato fries with orange salt

Roasted pumpkin (squash) with chilli yoghurt and coriander sauce

spicy pumpkin and apple cake with cream cheese and maple frosting

Easy pumpkin rolls with rosemary and sea salt

chermoula aubergines with bulgar and yoghurt

Roasted butternut, ricotta & feta phyllo serpent pie

Roast beetroot & onion galette with shaved goats cheese pecorino

Grilled aubergine pizza with  basil pesto & goats cheese

Oven roasted sweet potato fries with orange salt

Roasted pumpkin (squash) with chilli yoghurt and coriander sauce

Spicy pumpkin & apple cake with cream cheese & maple frosting

Pumpkin rolls with rosemary & sea salt

Chermoula aubergines with bulgar & yoghurt 

Roast butternut, ricotta and feta phyllo pie

Roast beetroot & onion galette with shaved pecorino

Grilled aubergine pizza with  basil pesto & goats cheese

Butternut scones with cheese & herbs

Beetroot falafel on toasted pita

Roast chicken prep

 

 

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9 Comments

  1. Wow, Sam ~ what absolutely exquisite photographs! You have depicted autumn to perfection.

  2. Maria Hargrave

    My goodness! You have absolutely outdone yourself with Autumn Harvest! What an absolute pleasure to browse through, and the pics are stunning!

  3. Sharon Guild

    Lovely post! I really enjoyed reading it all

  4. Sam

    You can start making your summer body in July x

  5. Sam

    Thanks you Maria – I’m so glad you enjoyed my post 🙂

  6. Wow, what a collection of photographs. I can’t stop but sharing these with my girls at the photography class. I like how all these photos have a vignette-effect and it instantly uplifts the mood. The one with vegetables is truly remarkable. Thanks for compiling this.

  7. Sam

    Thanks, Jane, Glad you like them. I took all the images and re-edited them so that they were all more aligned in look and feel for this post. Best Sam

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