Halloween is definitely one of the biggest events of the year, and it won’t be long before the spooky costumes and ‘trick or treaters’ come knocking at your door. Jack-o’-Lanterns are an iconic part of the Halloween tradition, and once you’ve carved your own pumpkin, why not make a tasty treat out of the off-cuts?
- 750g/1lb 10oz pumpkin, which is peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
- 350g sweet shortcrust pastry
- plain flour, for dusting
- 140g caster sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp fresh nutmeg, grated
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 25g butter, melted
- 175ml milk
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- Place the pumpkin chunks in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 mins, or until tender. Drain, and let it cool.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Roll the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use it to line a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Chill for 15 mins. Line the pastry with baking parchment and baking beans, then bake for 15 mins. Remove the beans and paper, and cook for a further 10 mins until the base is pale golden and biscuity. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
- Increase oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Push the cooled pumpkin through a sieve and collect in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, salt, nutmeg and half the cinnamon. Mix in the beaten eggs, melted butter and milk, then add to the pumpkin purée and stir to combine. Pour into the tart shell and cook for 10 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Continue to bake for 35-40 mins until the filling has just set.
- Leave to cool, then remove the pie from the tin. Mix the remaining cinnamon with the icing sugar and dust over the pie. You can even decorate it with a spooky design! Serve chilled, and enjoy with friends and family!
Will you be trying this delicious recipe? Let us know how it turned out!
Recipe source: BBC Good Food
As a thank you for being such a great Dents customer, you are invited to shop our VIP event, with specially selected pieces at fabulous prices! Look stylish for less with up to 30% OFF our favourite online Dents products for the next 7 days!
You’ll find many fabulous accessories included in this offer, from stylish leather gloves to classic belts. Simply look out for the items marked with a ‘VIP’ flash throughout the Men’s and Women’s collections.
Here are some of the items that have caught our eye…
For the ladies, we believe that your fingers don’t need to get cold when using technology; these Touchscreen Technology Gloves feature a spandex palm and stitched leather back for your comfort. And for your essential belongings, why not try this Crocodile Print Bag to stay stylish and practical on the go?
For men with a classic taste in head wear, this Herringbone Harris Tweed 8-Piece Cap is ideal for that country look, and acts as a timeless piece. For a finishing touch, this Leather Belt with Plaque Buckle will smarten up your work look along with a pair of black trousers.
Hurry – grab yours before they run out! The Dents ‘7 VIP Days’ offer will end 27th October.
Shop Men’s | Shop Women’s
And to make things even better, head over to the Stephen Collins website to find selected ladies’ belts at up to 40% OFF!
Introducing this season’s new metallics. There is a definite understated elegance in the neutral colour trend, and as the party season is approaching, we’ve injected a little shimmer to these handbags…
Some more of our favourite metallic handbags… Which one is your favourite?
Neutrals can balance out any bright colour scheme, meaning these soft gold and pewter shades are incredibly versatile. Team them up with black and white to produce the most striking effect. Alternatively, a rich navy will work wonders with soft gold, and a deep red nicely complements the darker tones of pewter. Muted metallics, white and nudes are another popular colour combination as they won’t clash, so they will appeal to those who want to tone down their look.
Need more inspiration on how to style your neutral bag? Here are some images from Pinterest…
Will you be adding a little metallic shine to your outfit? See the full collection of handbags here.
In July, a pair of specially made Dents gloves reached the summit of Mount Meru. Lily Ballantyne-Morrison successfully climbed 14,977 feet up Africa’s fifth highest mountain in a pair of silk lined gloves that were tailored to suit her hands, as one of her fingers was unfortunately lost in an accident. Recently, she came into Dents HQ to talk about her experience of the expedition…
Can you spot the gloves on top of Mount Meru?
Lily and the group climbed for 5-8 hours a day to each camp over a 3 day period – only half the team made it to the top after falling ill to altitude sickness. The weather was very cold, so a pair of Dents gloves did the job nicely! During the 3 week trip, Lily also climbed up Little Meru, saw the sun rise, and took part in rewarding tasks such as building a school for the local community.
Mount Meru stands at an impressive 14,977 feet (4565m), whereas Little Meru is 12,532 feet (3820m) high. The bottom right picture shows Lily at the top of Mount Meru
The glove, 17-1048 from the Heritage Collection, was specially made in our factory in Warminster. To achieve this, our craftspeople designed a new template for the leather and silk lining to suit Lily’s hand. A few attempts were made to get the sizing right, but once the glove was complete, the comfort was perfect for the climb!
Now that autumn had begun, it’s time to introduce the latest arrivals to the Heritage Collection! We’re pleased to announce the launch of our quality knitted accessories and men’s belts, all made in the UK. So to celebrate, take advantage of 20% all heritage products on our website.
Joining our website are these lovely hats, scarves and mittens, made from up to 100% British wool and luxurious alpaca blends. We have several styles available, in men’s, women’s and unisex designs.
Some of our top knitwear picks include this cosy unisex cable knit hat made of 100% virgin wool, and these fingerless mittens in black/white, with a suede palm. There are several other knits introduced in this range, including a lovely rib knit and boucle knit. Traditional fair isle patterns and stripes are a common theme throughout these latest arrivals, offering a great opportunity to experiment with different designs.
A range of men’s belts have also been added to the collection. With beautiful designs made of luxury leather, they will no doubt smarten up any outfit. They are available in a range of classic colours, so can be worn as both work and casual wear.
Enjoy 20% off – shop heritage.
Scarves these days are so versatile that is can be hard to know how to style them. Recently, several new men’s women’s and unisex scarves have arrived as part of our Autumn/Winter 2014 launch, and now you can find out how to style these lovely designs…
Point it Out
Those who want to add a little edge to their outfit will definitely love this dogtooth print square scarf! Simply fold the square scarf in half to create a triangle, and wrap each end around your neck to achieve 3 pointed ends at the front.
We love traditional tassle scarves, and we have several lovely patterns and knits available to choose from. Why not try the striped woolly cable knit scarf to begin with?
Cosy up in Faux Fur
If you want soft and luxurious texture, bring out this faux fur scarf in a rich berry colour. Loop it around your neck and secure it with the Velcro fastening to create a ‘V’ shape at the front.
Simplicity is Key
Eternity scarves and neck warmers are the best way to achieve instant cosiness, and they are the easiest styles to wear. Team up with a matching knit jumper for the ultimate wintery look.
Will you be wrapping up warm with a Dents scarf this Autumn/Winter? For further inspiration on how to style a scarf, there are plenty of ways shown on Pinterest!
Fancy updating your office look? Dents accessories are ideal for adding a touch of sophistication to your smart work outfit…
Handbags are a vital part of office wear, and our striking animal print designs are the ultimate attention grabber! Why not go for the crocodile print leather shopper bag to hold your everyday possessions in style, or the pony fur leather back pouch with either leopard spots or a zebra print to keep your essentials safe. As for the men, a new hat, scarf and leather glove combination will instantly smarten up your suit. Add a dashing belt and leather wallet, and your work look is complete!
Technology lovers can get through the day with ease with our iPad accessories and touchscreen gloves (available for both men and women). We know how valuable your iPad is, so protect it with our iPad case/shoulder bag (a smaller version for your iPad mini is available here). Alternatively, this zipped up grainy leather case will also do the trick.
Will you be updating your ‘workdrobe’ this season?
It had been another great year at MODA and we wanted to share our favourite moments.
A pyramid of women’s accessories for Spring Summer 2015.
Men’s gloves and accessories.
Our Korean agent, Kenny Kang, viewing our stands.
CEO, Deborah Moore, giving a warm welcome.
Thank you to everyone who came and visited us. We had a great show and can’t wait till next year’s!
As we transition from a glorious summer to a cooler season, winter accessories are all we can think about! The Dents Autumn/Winter collection was recently launched online, but here is a glimpse of what’s on offer…
Ladies’ gloves have become much bolder this season, with designs including animal prints and faux fur cuffs. Joining them in the women’s collection are a range of stunning handbags, scarves and winter warmers, ready for when the weather turns really chilly. Gents can stock up on the latest cosy leather gloves, dapper hats, and heritage scarves. We think each accessory will make a lovely addition to your winter wardrobe!
Further styles will be available online soon, so keep an eye out for updates on our social media. Plus, if you’re in the mood to shop for more luxury goods, check out our sister company Stephen Collins to see their stunning new selection of ladies’ belts…
We recently took on university student Katherine McDougall for a month’s worth of photography experience here at Dents HQ. Having just finished her first year of Photography at Falmouth University, this opportunity was a great way to spend her summer break.
Katherine with some examples of her work
Here’s a Q&A with Katherine…
What have you been up to?
I have mostly been photographing the extensive collection of gloves and artifacts from the Dents Museum, and then editing the images, ready for documentation. Several images needed to be taken for each glove, to record the detailing and labeling. I also helped take images of products for the Dents website.
What have you learnt?
I’ve learnt about the company and lots about product photography. My time here has helped me gain a futher understanding of compositions and editing, which I can take into future jobs.
Favourite part of your experience here at Dents?
The best part has been learning about product photography. I also enjoyed gaining experience in working for a company, which will help my career.
Any unusual pieces in the museum glove collection?
My favourite pieces were the miniature gloves from the Victorian era, which were used to show craftsmanship at such a small scale.