Fancy succotash for tea tonight? Or how about a slice of shoo-fly pie? These are the weird and wonderful foods you'll be eating next year

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Bee sting cake. Bake me now ...

Expand your culinary repetoire with these unusual dishes and bakes. They might sound be a bit crazy, but we can't wait to make them!

Creole succotash

A succotash you say! What’s that? Well it’s basically a stew packed with okra, tomatoes and lima beans, flavoured with juicy prawns and smoked ham. Serve on a bed of rice and beat the autumn blues with this classic New Orleans comfort food – it's even better than beans on toast.

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This recipe is from Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans by Lolis Eric Elie

 

Spiral root vegetable tart

This tart looks pretty psychedelic, but we love the crisp pastry encasing delicate layers of purple carrots, squash and courgette, while the base is spread with mustard, crème fraîche and sage. It's a funky new take on seasonal root veg.

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Jerusalem kugel

Never heard of a kugel? Well, neither had we: made with noodles, caramel, eggs and tons of (you’ll never guess) black pepper, this isn’t your typical dessert. OK, so it's not very pretty, but it tastes like a deliciously dense spiced cake and you’ll never look at a noodle the same way again.

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Mexican chocolate zoats

No, that isn’t a typo. "Zoats" are actually a thing. They’re already popular in the States and although they haven’t hit our shores yet, it’s only a matter of time. It's a healthy breakfast of shredded zucchini (that's courgette to you and me) and oats cooked on the hob like porridge. And if that isn't adventurous enough for you, check out this recipe that uses cocoa, chilli and egg white too. Weird, but who wouldn't want to try it?

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The ultimate pie

This utterly addictive, debauched torte comes from David Chang’s Momofuku Milk Bar in Manhattan, New York. Made from a heady combination of crumbled oat cookies, eggs, brown sugar, butter and cream (yes, it is very rich), think of it as a massive caramel Hobnob.

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Bialys

Chances are if you’ve never been to NYC, you’ve never heard of these soft, chewy rolls with a dip in the middle, filled with onions, garlic and poppy seeds. They're the ultimate rainy day bake, so don't be surprised if you catch them on GBBO next year.

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Navratan korma

Now if there was ever a perfect autumn dish, it simply has to be a curry that's warming, hearty and full of spice. So, how about a navratan korma? Translating as "Nine Treasures Curry", this little-known Mughal dish is made with nine vegetables as well as nuts, paneer and raisins. Yes please. 

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Shoo-fly pie

No relation to squashed flies, this Dutch dessert is so tempting you'll have to shoo the flies away! A gooey layer of molasses coats the crust which is then covered with a moist, autumn-spiced cake crumble topping. Schmeckt gut! (That's Dutch for "tastes good!").

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Bee sting cake

Or Bienenstich. This German speciality has had all our pulses racing: buttery brioche sponge filled with luscious vanilla cream and topped with crunchy almond-honey caramel. Why has this been kept so quiet? Outrageous.

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