Whether you’re heading to a big firework display or opting for a quiet family night in – quick, easy and transportable comfort food is a must this Bonfire Night.
So whilst you’re busy building your bonfire and buying your sparklers, we’ve collected our favourite recipes for you to enjoy. Tuck in!
Warm your bellies with a hearty soup
Soup often doesn’t get enough credit, but it’s the perfect way to keep warm when you’re outside watching the fireworks. We particularly love this Honeyed Carrot one from BBC Good Food, but it’s easy to get creative with a mix of seasonal vegetables, a splash of cream and some seasoning. Just make sure you’ve got some large soup mugs or a flask to hand and you’re set!
Serve up jacket potatoes with a twist
A jacket potato is the ultimate winter comfort food – without the hassle. Simply leave them in the oven whilst you’re huddled round the bonfire and then head inside for a tasty treat. Top with melted cheese, bacon, fried onions or jalapenos to add a little spark to this humble spud. Or take a look here for more topping ideas!
Treat the kids to toffee apples
Now for a true Bonfire Night classic, the toffee apple. These simple treats are quick, easy and all you need is caster sugar, golden syrup, a splash of vinegar and apples of course! To make sure the toffee is hot enough to set, pour a bit of the mixture into a bowl of cold water. If it hardens then it’s ready to go.
Or if you fancy something more challenging, why not try…
Simon’s Salted Chocolate Honeycomb
These delicious honeycomb bombs are the perfect treat for anyone with a sweet tooth!
- Cooking oil or spray, for greasing
- 125g liquid glucose
- 360g caster (superfine) sugar
- 3 tbsp honey
- 15g bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 250g dark chocolate
- Sea salt, for sprinkling
Chef tip: ‘Make them in advance and keep them in the freezer so you can pull them out whenever you’re craving something sweet.’ – Simon Chappelow
- Line a heatproof tray with baking paper and lightly oil it.
- Place the glucose, sugar, honey and 75 ml water into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then cook until the mixture turns a dark caramel colour.
- Remove from the heat and leave to stand for two minutes, before whisking in the bicarbonate of soda. Whisk just enough so that it is incorporated into the caramel, ensuring not to over-mix or the honeycomb will collapse!
- Pour onto the tray and leave at room temperature for about one hour to cool.
- Once the honeycomb has set, break it into bite-sized pieces and set a wire rack over an empty tray.
- Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until smooth.
- Remove from the heat, dip the honeycomb bits into the melted chocolate, and place on the wire rack.
- Sprinkle with sea salt and allow the chocolate to set. Store in the freezer until serving.
Looking to broaden your repertoire this Autumn? Take a look at our classes and try your hand at some other winter warmers!