As you are no doubt probably already well aware, UK food (and cooking in general) in has a fairly dreadful international reputation. Not only is this mischaracterization extremely short-sided and perhaps a bit culturally biased, it’s also not taking into account the number of wonderful dessert dishes which the British regularly enjoy. Take the time to research some of the following desserts, perhaps even dredge up a recipe or two, you should be pleasantly surprised by how amazingly tasty (and visually pleasing) the actually are…
Perhaps the quintessential British dessert item is the Scone. Usually (and historically) served at tea parties, these (normally served in) single-sized quick breads are composed of barley, wheat or oatmeal with some baking powder and usually sweetened up with various ingredients. If you’re going to have some afternoon tea, you absolutely must have some scones on hand.
Switching gears and moving on toward something even more sweet and palatable, we have “Eton mess” which is a mélange of strawberries, meringue as well as cream. You could think of it as being related to yogurt or ice cream if you wish, although its clearly “it’s own beast”. Supposedly this diving dish was created by accident at Eton College, we don’t know if that’s actually true or not, but it’s awfully tasty regardless of its origins.
Now here’s a cake with some Royal roots. It’s been supposed that the delicious checkered treat was developed for the marriage of Prince Louis of Battenberg to Princess Victoria (a granddaughter of Queen Victoria) in 1884. The item itself is essentially a sponge cake which features an interior with 2×2 smaller squares of different colors which are revealed once the cake has been sliced. In terms of texture and colors alone, it looks highly delectable, but it also tastes quite good as well.
What do you get when you mix a rather plain cream dessert pie with bananas, toffee and perhaps even chocolate (in some artful design)? The answer of course is Banoffee Pie, of course. Two gentlemen, Ian Dowding and Nigel Mackenzie at “The Hungry Monk restaurant” (which is now closed) developed the pie in 1972 as a result of musing on a similar American dish of all things. Needless to say, this delicious pie is heavenly with some vanilla ice cream on the side.
Also known by such monikers as “dead man’s leg” or “dead man’s arm”, the Jam Roly-Poly is essentially a pudding sleeve which contains a bit of jam spread out across it in all directions which will then be rolled up like a rug. This creates a spiral like design which is revealed when the roll is cut into bite-sized segments. Plenty of variations have also been utilized with this basic design as well, making it extremely versatile in addition to many people’s childhood favorite when it comes to dessert foods.