What Are Some Traditional British Desserts?


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English trifle, Eton mess, spotted dick, sticky toffee pudding and Banoffee pie are some traditional British desserts. A few others are Eccles cakes, bread-and-butter pudding, mincemeat pie and treacle tart.

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English trifle consists of layers of sponge cake or ginger cake, jelly, custard, berries and whipped cream. Some recipes add chocolate, sherry and kirsch. A tradition at Eton cricket games against rival British prep school Harrow, Eton mess is a mixture of strawberries, cream and meringues. Spotted dick is a rich sponge pudding containing molasses, nutmeg, and currants or raisins, and typically served with custard.

Bread-and-butter pudding is a way to use up stale bread. After buttering the bread and layering it in a baking dish, sprinkle it with raisins and pour in a mix of whisked eggs and milk. Season as desired with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bake, and serve with custard.

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