You are welcome. For the above picture of the trifle. I mean. I know a thing or five about the law, and how to ride the Underground without making eye contact as I help old ladies with their suitcases. But the thing I know the MOST about is food. As a life long foodie, I hold my head high (as I suck my stomach in). Allow me to take you on a journey of some British desserts. Please don’t be cross with me if you gain a few kilos (pounds) after reading this. Enough talk-let’s get started.
1. Bakewell Tart
English confection consisting of a shortcrust pastry with a layer of jam and a sponge using ground almonds. A cherry bakewell is a variation of this and has a cherry on top. Surprise. Pretty much everyone eats cherry bakewells. Posting a picture of this makes me want to eat one right now.
2. Banoffee pie
I have only had this once or twice but it was enough to hook me. Hook. Line. And Sinker. Honestly, it is the sort of food that I imagine Angels eat on the daily. An English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee from boiled condensed milk either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter.
3. Eton Mess
This is beyond fab. is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, blueberries pieces of meringue, and cream which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School. The dish has been known by this name since the 19th century.
4. Knickerbocker Glory
A knickerbocker glory is a layered ice cream sundae that is served in a large tall conical glass to be eaten with a distinctive long spoon. If you don’t like ice cream sundaes, well then, we can’t be friends. Sorry.
5. Batenberg Cake
This is one of my personal favourites. It is said that it was invented in 1884 in honour of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter to the German Prince Louis of Battenberg and a dessert was born. Thank you Queen Victoria. It is a light sponge cake with the pieces covered in jam. The cake is covered in marzipan and, when cut in cross section, displays a distinctive two-by-two check pattern alternately coloured pink and yellow.
6. Eccles Cakes
Oh, I love these too. I am human after all. Eccles is named after the town in Greater Manchester where they have been making them since the 1700’s. small, round cake filled with currants and made flaky pastry with butter, sometimes topped Demerara sugar.
7. Spotted Dick
I know right? When you are as childish and churlish as me (ok am not so churlish) you cant’ say this without smiling or sniggering. But seriously, it is a very yummy dessert. Spotted dick is a cylindrical pudding popular in Britain, containing dried fruit and commonly served with custard. It is made from a flat sheet of suet pastry sprinkled with currants and raisins, which is then rolled up into a circular pudding. It is a steamed pudding/dessert.
Well, I hope you are well and truly stuffed to the gills with the knowledge of British desserts after reading this. Of course there are loads more. Maybe after my 10 mile run and consumption of Flat Belly Water, I will blog about more British desserts.