Autumn Dessert Ideas

Many of our favourite fruit and vegetables are at their prime in autumn, making it the perfect season to get into the kitchen and start baking. Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list of great autumn dessert ideas to help give you a little inspiration.

Apple Crumble

A timeless classic using our ever-favourite fruit, the apple. Just chop the apple, create the topping, spread over the apple, bake and you’re done! It’s warm and crunchy with a hint of cinnamon, and you can eat it cold or warmed up with ice-cream or fresh custard.


  • Filling – apples, cinnamon, flour, lemon juice, sugar
  • Topping – oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and butter

Some tips:

  • Weigh the apples before you peel and core them, then cut them into small cubes.
  • You can make the filling and crumble ahead of time, just don’t add the crumble on top until you are ready to bake.
  • If you don’t have a sweet tooth, simply reduce the amount of sugar added.
  • When you find the perfect crumble recipe, you can use different seasonal fruit throughout the year, such as pears and peaches.

Apple crumble is great to enjoy with different types of apples, so you can enjoy it all season long.

Lemon Delicious Dessert

Who doesn’t love the smell of lemons? Lemon Delicious always comes to mind when we think of lemons and warming desserts. It’s super easy to pull together – you simply use a mixer to beat in the ingredients, pour into a casserole/baking dish and bake until firm on top and wobbly at the bottom.


  • Lemon zest and juice, eggs, milk, caster sugar, butter, flour
  • To serve – icing sugar, cream, or ice-cream

Some tips:

  • Separate the eggs at the beginning.
  • Make sure the egg whites have firm peaks when beating.

When selecting your lemons, look for bright yellow skin and firmness. Tinges of green indicate that the lemon is still a little underripe. Avoid using lemons that are pale in colour, as this signifies that they are old.

Self-Saucing Banana Pudding

This is a quick and easy recipe featuring ingredients that are usually already in your home! You sift the dry ingredients into a casserole dish, add the mashed banana mix to combine and then pour the syrup over the cake batter before baking in the oven.


  • Banana, flour, bicarb, sugar, oil, eggs, sugar, golden syrup


  • Mash the bananas before starting.
  • Pour the syrup over the back of a spoon to drizzle it over the mixture, as this reduces the chance of a hole forming and makes it ‘self-saucing’. Don’t worry about the bits of pudding that may come to the surface before baking – these will disappear.

Chocolate Pear Pudding

As the nights get cooler, a gooey chocolate pudding is a classic go-to for any dessert lover! And with pears and chocolate being a perfect flavour match, this is a great dish to highlight a beloved autumnal fruit. Simply find a chocolate pudding recipe that you like and add pears to the batter.


  • Butter, sugar, eggs, pears, dark chocolate


  • Part of the chocolate pear pudding can be frozen if you want to save some for later.

Fig Sponge Pudding

To us at Prahran Market, figs are the perfect autumn fruit, so why not throw them into an indulgent pudding? First, caramelise the figs (this could be a dessert in itself, as they’re just so delicious!), then add cake batter on top and bake. A dessert that’s light yet warming, we’d recommend serving with your choice of cream, ice-cream, or Greek yoghurt.  

Main ingredients – figs, butter, caster sugar, flour


  • When pouring the cake batter, go from the outside inwards.

Want more autumn dish inspiration? Head here to search for more recipe ideas using your favourite seasonal ingredients.

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