Classic British Desserts

Classic British desserts

Banish memories of bad school dinners with these timeless British classics the whole family will enjoy. Mumsnetters share their tried and tested recipes so the only job you have is to stop sniggering every time you see ‘spotted dick’

Bread and butter pudding

Bread and butter pudding

This quick and easy recipe is not only delicious, but a brilliant way to use up any stale bread. Sorry ducks, maybe next time.

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Eton Mess

Eton Mess

A dish typically enjoyed at Eton’s annual cricket match against Harrow every summer. But don’t worry, you don’t need a private education – or even the sun – to enjoy this simple treat. Douse the strawberries in Kirsch, Cointreau or Port for a boozy adults-only take on the classic. Jolly good!

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Rice pudding with jam

Rice pudding with jam

Don’t recoil in horror, this after dinner indulgence has come a long way since its lumpy school-dinner days. Serve with a healthy dollop of jam, or swap out for a preferred topping like chocolate.

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Rhubarb crumble

Rhubarb crumble

Sweet and sharp, soft fruit and crunchy topping; rhubarb crumble has it all. Serve with custard for a classic sweet shop pairing.

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Trifle

Trifle

As British as a Queen’s Guard holding a corgi whilst eating a scone in a red phone box. According to some scholars, the trifle is thought to be the precursor to modern sandwich cakes like the Victoria Sponge. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more British…

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Sticky toffee pudding

Sticky toffee pudding

Stodgy, sweet and crying out for a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The key to a great sticky toffee pudding lies in the dates; which give it its rich, sweet nature without making the sponge heavy. Does this mean we can call it one of our five a day?

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Jam roly poly

Jam roly poly

A definite crowd pleaser among a younger audience. Ideally made in large quantities for birthday parties, so you just have to ‘finish off’ the leftovers.

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Orange syrup sponge

Orange syrup sponge

Like a mug cake that’s graduated with honours, this sticky citrus pudding cooks in a microwave in just 5 minutes. Especially great for dinner parties when you’d rather be hosting than cooking.

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Cornflake tart

Cornflake tart

Not the bain marie chocolate versions you’ve eaten at every bake sale; this tart uses cornflakes smothered in golden syrup on top of a layer of jam for its filling. An excellent ‘what do we have in the cupboards’ dessert for spontaneous baking.
Image courtesy of Baking Mad.

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Queen of Puddings

Queen of Puddings

Aptly named, the Queen of Puddings is a true show stopper. Super retro and striking to look at, this is another dessert that uses up leftovers already in your house. The Brits really are a resourceful bunch when it comes to puddings.

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