Knutsford Market Hall, Silk Mill Street, Knutsford WA16 6DF
Phone: 07979155605

Category: October

Autumn is here and Halloween in nearly upon us. This is one of my favourite times of year. The nights are drawing in, the weather has cooled down and meals turn into a warming family affair.

We have the delights of English apples coming into season, with Cox’s being one of the most popular ones among UK households. Other fruit in season include plums, pears and elderberries.

There is a glut of vegetables to choose from including Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Courgette, Kale, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Spinach, Spring Greens, Swede, Sweetcorn and Turnips! read more

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For the cake

300g self-raising flour

300g light muscovado sugar

3 teaspoon of mixed spice

2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

175g sultanas

½ teaspoon of salt

4 beaten eggs

200g melted butter

Zest of 1 orange

1 tablespoon of orange juice

500g (peeled weight) pumpkin or butternut squash flesh, grated

For the icing

200g pack soft cheese

85g butter, softened

100g icing sugar, sifted

Zest 1 orange and juice of half


Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a 30 x 20cm baking or small roasting tin with baking parchment. Put the flour, sugar, spice, bicarbonate of soda, sultanas and salt into a large bowl and stir to combine. Beat the eggs into the melted butter, stir in the orange zest and juice, then mix with the dry ingredients till combined. Stir in the pumpkin. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 30 mins, or until golden and springy to the touch. read more

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