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Easy Winter Warmer Recipes

17 | 11 | 2020

One of the best things about winter has to be the food.

With a lot of us spending more time at home rn, why not try experimenting with some new recipes?

From hearty meals for dinner time to the sweet treats we all look forward to, we’ve rounded up some of our ultimate favourite winter warmer recipes we think you’ll love.


Easy Winter Warmer Recipes

Beef Chilli

Looking for dinner ideas that can be made in under an hour? We’ve got you doll.

Try out this classic beef chilli recipe for a dish that’s filled with flavour.

Serves: 6 | Ready in: 50 Minutes


1 tbsp. extra virgin oil

1/2 large onion

3 crushed cloves of garlic

2 tbsp tomato pure

700g beef mince

1 tbsp. chilli powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. paprika

Salt & pepper

1 400g tin of kidney beans

2 400g tins of chopped tomatoes

Cheddar cheese

Sour cream


Step 1: Heat the oil in a large pan. Add in the onion, cooking until soft, then gradually add in the garlic and tomato pure.

Step 2: Add the beef mince to the pan and cook until there’s no more pink, then drain off the fat and add back to the pan.

Step 3: Now it’s time to add some flavour. Add your chilli powder, paprika, cumin, organo, a hint of salt and pepper and stir. Then, add in the kidney beans and chopped tomatoes and bring to boil. Reduce the heat slightly and allow the beef chilli to simmer for 20 minutes.

Step 4: Remove the pan from the heat and separate into your servings. Add some grated cheddar on top and serve with sour cream for a dreamy dish that’s sure to win you some compliments.


Aubergine Lasagne

For all the veggies out there, you’re going to love this recipe.

This vegetarian lasagne is the perfect winter warmer for tea time or could even be served up for lunch if you’ve got some leftovers.

Serves: 4 | Ready in: 1 Hour 20 Minutes


3 tbsp olive oil

1 onion

3 chopped garlic cloves

2 400g tins of chopped tomatoes

2 aubergines

6 lasagne sheets

250g mozzarella


250g ricotta

200ml whole milk

50g parmesan


Step 1: Heat the oil in a large pan and add the chopped onion, cooking until soft. Add in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, then add in the chopped tomatoes. Allow this to simmer for around 20 minutes until it starts to thicken.

Step 2: Whilst this is cooking, heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Chop the aubergines into 1cm slices and add oil to each side. Cook for around 5 minutes on each side until golden.

Step 3: Now it’s time to make your white sauce. Whisk together the ricotta and milk, adding in some salt and black pepper. Then stir in the parmesan.

Step 4: Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Grab a deep baking dish and add half the aubergine slices to the bottom. Spoon the tomato sauce over this, then add half the lasagne sheets and half of the white sauce on top along with half of the mozzarella and basil. Repeat this process again and put in the oven for 40 minutes until brown and golden and voila *chefs kiss*, you’re done.


Apple Pie

We have to admit that baking up some sweet treats is our favourite.

A classic apple pie is a go-to all year round so follow this simple recipe for dessert made within 1 hour.

Serves 4 | Ready In: 1 hour


225g plain flour

140g butter/margarine

3 large cooking apples

2 tbsp honey

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of mixed spice

1 egg

Vanilla ice cream, natural yogurt, cream or custard to serve


Step 1: Preheat the over to 200c/180c fan/gas 6 then get starting on your pastry. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl and add in your butter/margarine. Use your fingers to mix this together until it starts to look like breadcrumbs.

Step 2: Add 3 tbsp of water (1 at a time) and roll the mixture into a ball. Wrap this in cling film and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Step 3: Meanwhile, grab the apples and cut into even-sized chucks. Add them to a pie dish and add in the honey, cinnamon, mixed spice and 2 tbsp. of water.

Step 4: Once the 30 minutes is up, take your pastry mixture out of the fridge and roll onto a floured surface. Keep rolling out until the pastry is big enough to cover the pie dish. Cover the pastry over the top of the pie dish with the apple mixture in and cut off any access pastry from the sides.

Step 5: Make a small cut in the top of the pastry and brush the beaten egg over the top. Put the pie in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the pastry is golden. Serve whilst hot with either cream, natural yogurt, custard or ice cream.

Chocolate Brownies

Looking for some winter baking ideas? This easy to follow brownies recipe is a must-try.

Serve on it’s own or add some warm cream for the ultimate winter treat.


100g butter

200g dark chocolate

4 eggs

250g golden caster sugar

100g plain flowe

1 tsp. baking powder

30g cocoa powder

100g of white/milk chocolate chunks


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C/gas 4.

Step 2: Line a deep baking tin with baking parchment paper. Melt the butter and dark chocolate together in a microwave and cool to room temperature.

Step 3: Whisk the eggs and sugar together until fluffy and then add in the chocolate mixture from step 2, along with the sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and the chocolate chunks. Mix together until it becomes more of a fudgy batter consistency.

Step 4: Add to the baking tin and bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow time to cool and then enjoy!

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