Hello Graham In the name of research, I spent Tuesday morning rushing from café to café to try a series of warming winter drinks (you'll see why further down). This is not the way to do it: hot drinks deliberately require you to stop and pause, wait for the kettle to boil, the hot chocolate to cool down or the froth to settle. They act as a peaceful break in the day, and enjoyed with a slice of cake (like the two below), they're a real luxury. Online Editor,
Spiced Carrot, Sweet Potato and Orange Cake (gf)
Winter means warm spices, luscious oranges and the natural sweetness of root vegetables – they all combine beautifully in this dense, moist carrot cake.
One of my favourite flavour discoveries from trips to the States is this rich combination of sweet, spiced pumpkin – totally delicious and addictive! As a bonus, it keeps beautifully for a day or two when made in advance. Just keep it somewhere cool and out of the fridge so that you don’t have any moisture on top.