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Bill's apple and ginger bake combines the best of crumble and pie in one

Bill Granger: Apple and ginger crumble pie; Blackberry meringue pie; Spiced pear, blueberry and almond shortcake; Fig and raspberry tray slice with crunchy oat topping; Orange-scented plum tarte tatin

Bubbling fruit within a layer of gloriously buttery pastry – relax into autumn with Bill Granger's fruit bakes
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Mark Hix: Ham hock, beetroot and horseradish broth; Beetroot, red onion and fennel pollen chutney; Antipasti of beetroot; Smoked mackerel with beetroot slaw

From chutneys to soups, antipasti to slaw, beetroots are hard to beat on flavour and versatility, says our man in the kitchen

From a Bloody Mary to a Mojito: How to make classic cocktails

As well as Bond's shaken drink of choice, the Martini, and holiday favourite the Piña colada

Pina Colada cocktail recipe

Endorsed by none other than Del Boy Trotter

Mojito cocktail recipe

It's fresh, it's fun and it's simple

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Use orange liqueur for a classic margarita

French ‘75 cocktail recipe

Simplicity is something that many classic cocktails have in common

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Don't forget to experiment with spices

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