3 winter warming recipes for cold nights

There is nothing better than simple comfort food to warm your heart in deepest, darkest winter. We’ve pulled together our favourite, and often self indulgent, recipes to keep you toasty through the coldest spell of the year.

Twice-baked potato eggs

You will need:

  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 precooked turkey sausages, diced
  • 4 large eggs

You will need to:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C
  2. Wash your potatoes and pierce with a fork. Bake for 45 minutes
  3. Cut each potato in half and scoop out the outsides. Stir in the butter, cheese and diced sausage and spoon mixture back into the skins.
  4. Create a hollow in each centre and break an egg into each one.
  5. Arrange on a baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until set

Butternut Mac ‘n’ Cheese

You will need:

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2tsp olive oil
  • 300g macaroni
  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1 tsp English Mustard
  • 500ml milk
  • 200g extra mature cheddar
  • 50g Parmesan

You will need to:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C
  2. Toss the squash with some oil and seasoning and roast for 15-20 minutes
  3. Cook macaroni and drain
  4. Melt the butter in a pan stir in the flour & mustard to make a paste. Gradually whisk in the milk & simmer to thicken to a sauce. Stir constantly
  5. Take the sauce off the heat and mash in a 1/3 of the squash with 1/2 the cheddar and 1/2 the Parmesan
  6. Season and stir in the drained macaroni with the rest of the squash
  7. Tip into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top
  8. Bake for 15 minutes

Marmalade & whiskey bread and butter pudding

You will need:

  • 8 slices of day-old crusty white bread with the crusts removed
  • 50g very soft butter
  • 4 tbsp orange marmalade, plus 4 tsp
  • 300ml full-fat milk
  • 248ml pot double cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 4 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp whiskey
  • icing sugar for dusting

You will need to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C
  2. Butter each piece of bread on both sides, then spread 4 with 1 tbsp marmalade each
  3. Put the remaining bread on top to make 4 marmalade sandwiches & cut into triangles and set in rows in an ovenproof dish
  4. Beat the milk, eggs cream, vanilla, sugar and whiskey together and then pour over the bread. Leave to soak for half an hour
  5. Dot the remaining marmalade all over the top and dust with icing sugar
  6. Bake for 45 mins to 1 hour or until puffy and starting to caramelize
winter warming recipes
The Danish call it ‘hygge’ which roughly translates as being warm and cosy in winter
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