With wonderfully warm puds and delicious dinners there's lots to see in our top 20 recipes for November 2013. See them all here...
What will you be cooking this month? We’ve rounded up the most popular recipes on goodtoknow in November.
As the days shorten and the nights get longer it is the perfect time to embrace comfort food and warm puddings.
If you like to get things organised for Christmas early then we have the recipes to help! Things like our mincemeat can be made well in advance and popped into pie cases at the last minute for an impressive homemade treat in minutes. We also have things that make wonderful Christmas gifts like our soft and creamy vanilla fudge. Simply wrap with a ribbon and you’ve got yourself a delicious present.
We thought we had balance out all that sugar and have included lots of wonderful family meals that are healthy for your purse as well as your tummy! With one pot wonders like the Hairy Biker’s Spanish chicken dish you’ll have dinner on the table in no time and with very little mess too!
Click through to see the full collection of our favourite November recipes and let us know what your favourite is in the comment section below?
We say: We love a classic dish and this rich tomato Bolognese is no exception! Quick, tasty and easy on the pennies, this is a real family favourite that will fill even the most hollow of legs.
Get the recipe: Spaghetti bolognese
We say: If you are going to have a treat we think you should do it properly! This rich chocolate cake delivers on flavour as well as texture with the lovely light crunch of Maltesers, a soft buttercream and layers of fluffy sponge flavoured with cocoa.
Get the recipe: Maltesers chocolate cake
We say: November is the time to get your Christmas pudding started in time for Christmas. Starting it now means that come Christmas day you will have the most wonderfully moist, spiced and flavourful pud.
Get the recipe: Christmas pudding
We say: As the nights slowly get darker we can’t wait to tuck into a big bowl of hearty food at the end of an evening. This recipe uses seasonal chestnuts to give added earthy sweetness.
Get the recipe: Beef and chestnut stew
We say: The classic brownie is made even more delicious with everyone’s favourite food trend – salted caramel. Easy to make, these little pieces of heaven are sure to make you a big hit!
Get the recipe: Salted caramel brownies
We say: This is the ideal recipe to make for friends. Cooking the beef in a large piece ensures it stays wonderfully tender and that there is something for everyone with the ends being well done and the middle cooked rare. Perfect on a Sunday served up with the classic roast trimmings!
Get the recipe: Gordon Ramsay’s beef wellington
We say: If you’re looking for a quick, easy and relatively fuss-free cooking project for the kids we think this is perfect. Because it takes no cooking at all, this is one they can do with very little help. They will love the squidgy marshmallows, smooth chocolate and crunchy biscuits – well, who wouldn’t?
Get the recipe: Rocky Road
We say: We believe that healthy food doesn’t have to mean tiny portions or meals which lack flavour. This low-fat tomato soup tastes just as good as the full-fat version and is a warming and filling lunch or dinner option as the weather gets colder.
Get the recipe: Slimming World low-fat tomato soup
We say: Here’s another recipe which is low in fat but big on flavour. By using a mix of fragrant herbs and spices, this curry sauce is well balanced, rich and tasty. And because of the addition of potatoes this can be enjoyed as a one pot meal, saving on the washing up too!
Get the recipe: Slimming World’s chicken and potato curry
We say: Hate them or love them they’re in season and what better way to serve them than with salty, crispy pancetta. Make sure not to overcook your sprouts so that they still have a bit of a crunch and we think everyone will end up loving them!
Get the recipe: Brussels sprouts with pancetta
We say: By making your own biscuits you know exactly what goes into them meaning you can keep an eye on the kids’ treats. This recipe is one of our favourites which uses triple chocolate for a treat which is a bit on the naughty side.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies
We say: These lovely little cupcakes are one of the Hummingbird Bakery’s most popular bakes and we can see why! With a light sponge mixed with cocoa and a soft vanilla frosting, these little cupcakes won’t be around for long!
Get the recipe: Red velvet cupcakes
We say: Aren’t these adorable? Our clever cupcake maker Victoria Threader shows how to make these easy but impressive cupcake toppers in this simple video. We think if you have a go at them now you’ll have them looking as good as Victoria’s in time for Christmas.
Get the recipe: Christmas Rudolph cranberry cupcakes
We say: This recipe uses one tray so that the chicken, potatoes, peppers and onions all flavour each other making it an easy and delicious dinner. It can be rustled up in no time at all and be popped into the oven while you get on with other things.
Get the recipe: Spanish style chicken bake
We say: If you’re thinking about making edible presents this year then why not make up some fudge? No one can resist smooth and creamy fudge with a buttery soft texture and it makes a very pretty offering when wrapped up in clear bags with a little ribbon.
Get the recipe: Creamy vanilla fudge
We say: After a nice hot dinner there’s nothing better than a nice hot pudding! This classic recipe for apple and blackberry crumble makes the most of our beautiful British produce and will get the kids eating an extra portion of fruit, even if there is a bit of sugar in there!
Get the recipe: Hairy Bikers’ apple and blackberry crumble
We say: These lovely sweet little pies, filled with spicy fruit, are the perfect Christmas treat to go with your cuppa. If you want to get ahead on your Christmas prep, the mincemeat can be made ahead and stored in airtight jars for a few weeks ready to spoon into pastry cases at the last minute.
Get the recipe: Mince Pies
We say: This is a recipe that will leave plates clean! The pie has a crispy pastry top and a rich gravy that goes perfectly with buttery potatoes and steamed veg,
Get the recipe: The Hairy Bikers’ steak and ale pie
We say: Soft buttery sponge with a zing from lemon is the perfect afternoon treat. This lovely recipe from Mary Berry also freezes well so can be popped away for a rainy day – perfect!
Get the recipe: Mary Berry’s lemon drizzle cake
We say: This Christmas cake doesn’t need as much time as other
traditional recipes and can be ready in two and a half hours if you’ve
left things a little late. It has plenty of soft, sweet fruit, crunchy
nuts and uses ground almond to keep the texture moist. Delicious!
Get the recipe: Mary Berry’s Victorian Christmas cake