Best bonfire night recipes

Featuring gingerbread soufflé, sticky toffee popcorn and lots of melted cheese

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Bonfire Night, aka Guy Fawkes Night, is the perfect excuse to enjoy some beautiful autumnal food. You'll probably be standing out in the cold as you watch the skies light up and so having something warm or sweet to tuck into really takes the edge off the chill!

Whether you plan to cosy up in front of the fire, wrap up warm to watch the sky light up or throw a big Bonfire Night bash with friends and family, it wouldn't be the same without some delicious, warming comfort food.

From sticky, gooey puds to hearty, wholesome mains, like a sausage hotpot, and of course the classic toffee apple, these recipes are guaranteed to please the whole family.

They're easy to prepare and more importantly easy to eat, freeing you up to enjoy time with loved ones and write your own name with your sparkler (because let's admit it, you never grow out of doing it).

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Garlic chips

These classic hand-cut garlic chips pack pungent garlic punch. Perfect for serving up with a delicious homemade burger or alongside some crispy battered fish.

Try this garlic chips recipe

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Bonfire muffins

These moreish muffins are perfect for warming up with a hot drink by the bonfire. Packed full of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, they will make a great treat for brunch the next day.

Try this Bonfire muffins recipe

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Jonathan Lovekin
Nigel Slater's sausage danish

Planning a Bonfire Night dinner party? These succulent mini sausage Danish from Nigel Slater will make the perfect canapés – they’re sure to go down well with children too.

Try Nigel Slater’s sausage Danish recipe

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Toffee apples

Try this delicious all-time Bonfire Night favourite at home. It's quick and easy to make but take care as the toffee gets very hot.

Try Kirstie Allsopp's toffee apples recipe

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Yuki Sugiura
Perfect baked potato

We love butter, sour cream and chopped chives, but there are loads of alternatives. Fried bacon lardons and smoked cheddar are great with the addition of a fried egg.

Try this baked potato recipe

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Richard Jung

A perfect Bonfire burger, served with seasonal coleslaw made by shredding some chicory, fennel and celeriac, and mixing with some mayo, lemon juice and hot horseradish. It tastes even better flame-grilled on a barbecue.

Try this banger burger with beetroot and crispy leeks recipe

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A classic recipe, these low-fat baked apples are a perfect treat for children.

Try this baked apples recipe

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Double chocolate pinwheel biscuits

These delicious pinwheel biscuits are the perfect bonfire treat for children and adults. The combination of white and dark chocolate is delicious.

Try this double chocolate pinwheel biscuits recipe

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Zvonko/Laura Edwards
Pumpkin risotto

Pumpkins shouldn’t be kept just for Halloween. This quick and comforting dish is perfect to serve on a chilly night round the bonfire. You can also add torn mozzarella cheese, oregano, and crushed tomatoes in the last 10 minutes of cooking to make it extra satisfying.

Try this pumpkin rice recipe

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Georgia Glynn Smith
Rocky road bananas

Kids will love these – gooey banana, sticky marshmallow and chocolate melted into one yummy Bonfire Night dessert.

Try this rocky road bananas recipe

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Malou Burger
Perfect hot chocolate

No Bonfire Night celebrations would be complete without a hot chocolate. This rich and addictive recipe is the perfect way to get your chocolate fix.

Try this hot chocolate recipe

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Chestnut and butternut squash soup

This silky smooth chestnut and butternut squash soup is the ultimate dish to warm you up on a chilly night. Serve with a drizzle of cream or dollop of crème fraiche and a chunk of crusty bread.

Try this chestnut and butternut squash soup recipe

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Giant gruyere and ham sandwich

Ham and cheese is a failsafe combination. This recipe from the new Higgidy Cookbook is great for using up any leftover ends of cheese lurking at the back of the fridge, or bits of gammon from a Sunday joint. If you’re feeding children you may want to leave out the mustard and they’ll love this giant sandwich.

Try Higgidy’s gruyere and ham sandwich recipe

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Macaroni cheese with grilled tomatoes

A rich and creamy macaroni cheese is pure comfort food. A great option for vegetarians or cooking for a large group, the addition of the sweet grilled tomatoes are delicious.

Try this macaroni cheese with grilled tomatoes recipe

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Sticky toffee pudding cupcakes

Sticky, sweet, and delicious served with a good scoop of vanilla ice cream, these mini sticky toffee puddings from Martha Stewart are beautiful served slightly warm with the gooey glaze.

Try this sticky toffee pudding cupcakes recipe

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A comforting gratin that makes the perfect supper for vegetarian guests.

Try this mushroom crepe gratin recipe

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Apple bob cocktail

This delicious apple bob cocktail is a great warming drink for adults to enjoy.

Try this apple bob cocktail recipe

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Sticky toffee popcorn

Bonfire night wouldn’t be complete without some sweet toffee and this moreish popcorn recipe is sure to go down well. Deliciously sticky and chewy, they’re great to add to your drinks party repertoire too.

Try this sticky toffee popcorn recipe

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Toad in the hole

A Bonfire Night celebration would not be complete with sausages and these baby toad-in-the-holes are sure to go down well with the whole family. Serve with a homemade tomato chutney.

Try Fay Ripley’s baby toads in baby holes recipe

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Craig Robertson
Gingerbread souffle

This dessert contains all the flavour of traditional gingerbread, but is much lighter. The perfect dinner party dessert, this hot spiced soufflé is sure to impress your guests.

Try this gingerbread soufflé recipe

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Part-cooked in ginger beer then finished off with a sticky honey glaze, these ribs are so tender the meat practically falls off the bone.

Try this sticky ribs in ginger beer with homemade coleslaw recipe

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This is a great one-pan dish for a Bonfire Night party. Serve with good bread, for a warming dish.

Try this beany banger bake recipe

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A classic ginger cake which makes the perfect Bonfire Night or afternoon tea treat. Make it in advance so that the cake becomes moist and sticky.

Try this ginger parkin recipe

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Zvonko/Laura Edwards
Straw potatoes with melted cheese and pancetta

These straw potato parcels, with oozing cheese and topped with crispy rashes of pancetta, make a great Bonfire Night supper and are delicious served with a generous portion of beans.

Try this straw potatoes with melting cheese and pancetta recipe

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Karen Thomas
Sausage hotpot

This campfire classic is easy to make and so delicious. It’s comfort food at its best, with the warming sausage base and crisped potatoes on top, there’s nothing not to like.

Try this sausage hotpot recipe

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Laura Edwards
Dark, spicy and stick gingerbread

This gingerbread packs a dark, intense a spicy punch – perfect served around the bonfire with a little honey-sweetened mascarpone or crème fraiche.

Try this dark and spicy gingerbread recipe

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