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5 English Desserts for the Holidays

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

1. Rich Bread and Butter Pudding

Rich Bread and Butter Pudding is a luxurious combination of bread and butter that melts in your mouth. The mixture of lemon or orange peel, currants and nutmeg make this Holiday dessert a crowd pleasure for every occasion. The main ingredient for Bread and Butter Pudding is bread which is layered on atop of the other until filled a standard baking tin. With a preparation time of 30 to 40 minutes this Holiday treat is quick and easy to make for your festive occasion. Tip best served warm for authenticity.

2. Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick is a real holiday favorite. It is famously known and regarded as one of the oldest English dessert recipes around. Supermarket chains through the United Kingdom still carry the old faithful pudding. Considered a comfort pudding, this pudding is perfectly served up on a Sunday afternoon along with Sunday lunch. Main ingredients include raisins, cooked apples, brown sugar, lemon zest, white breadcrumbs and shredded suet. This pudding is traditionally served in warmed bowls, cut in thick slices. The topping of the dessert with Traditional English Custard is an essential component to tying the dessert fine elements together.

3. Individual Queen of Puddings

Individual Queen of Puddings is served up in small individual dishes. Comprised of milk, butter, breadcrumbs, Morello cherry preserve and the zest of a lemon this traditional delight is considered most special for those special occasions. The baking time of 25 minutes means that this holiday dish will not take the good part of a day to prepare. Like the first to dishes this pudding is best served warm.

4. Old English Apple Hat

Old English Apple Hat is an upside down in appearance apple pie delight. Its appearance just might throw you but do not be fooled as this dessert is simply marvelous for any holiday or special occasion. This steamed to perfection pudding consists of steamy suet crust encasing fragrant and luscious apples, with a just hint of cloves. Bramley apples are advised when preparing for this apple surprise mouthwatering dessert. With a baking or rather simmering time of 2 hours you may want to get started on this desserts preparation at the crack of dawn. Best served when cutting into the encased pudding then spreading some apples around the plate. Last, but not least adding the quintessential element of English custard to top it off.

5. Butterscotch and Banana Trifle with Madeira

Butterscotch and Banana Trifle with Madeira is considered a wicked and wonderful dessert for the holidays. Do not expect to not pack on the pounds with this one. With main ingredient consisting of bananas, butterscotch sauce, brown sugar, vanilla extract and golden syrup this dessert is rich and thick and perfect. The topping makes this glorious dessert extra sinful of the calorie counters. Remember to topped with Traditional English Custard, pecan nuts and double cream for the perfect holiday dessert and holiday occasion.

Photo of Bread & Butter Pudding at Bar Diesel, Edinburgh, UK originally posted by The Edinburgh Blog

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2 responses to “5 English Desserts for the Holidays”

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  1. Holidays says:
    January 6th, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Thanks for sharing this. I can say this will be the perfect plan for holiday occasions.

    Rose.

  2. Sujan P says:
    January 15th, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I love Butterscotch and Banana Trifle with Madeira. Here are two of my other favorite holiday dessert recipes using my two favorite alcoholic beverages: beer and cider. The desserts — pears poached in apple cider and chocolate stout mousse — can be made in minutes.


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