The Great British Pudding


In keeping with My Celebration of the Queens’ Jubilee this weekend , Here you have Traditional British Puddings

A pudding is the dessert course of a meal (`pud’ is used informally). In Britain, we also use the words ‘dessert, 'sweet’’ and 'afters’.

NOTE: not all British puddings are sweet,some are eaten during the starter or main course like Yorkshire Pudding and Black Pudding.

  • Spotted Dick (Also called Spotted Dog) - Spotted dick is a steamed suet pudding containing dried fruit (usually currants), commonly served with either custard or butter and brown sugar

  • Trifle - Made with layers of sponge cake alternate with custard, jam or fruit and Whipped Cream. Sometimes alcohol-soaked sponge cake is used. 

  • Apple Crumble - Often served with thick cream, ice cream or custard.

  •  Hasty Pudding -  A simple and quick (thus the name) steamed pudding of milk, flour, butter, eggs, and cinnamon.

  •  Bakewell pudding - also called Bakewell Tart. 

  • Custard - A thick, rich, sweet mixture made by gently cooking together egg yolks, sugar, milk or cream, and sometimes other flavorings. Most people today use a yellow powder mixed with milk, water and sugar. Custard can be served as a hot sauce, poured over adessert, or as a  cold layer in, for example, a trifle. When it is cold, it 'sets’ and becomes firm.
  • Bread and butter pudding - old English favourite 

  • Semolina Pudding - A smooth, creamy puddmade of milk, eggs, flavouring and sugaring. Semolina is cooked slowly in milk, sweetened with sugar and flavoured with vanilla and sometimes enriched with egg. Semolina pudding can be served with raisins, currants or sultanas stirred in or with a dollop of jam.
  •  Roly-poly - A pudding made of jam or fruit rolled up in pastry dough and baked or steamed until soft.

  • Treacle pudding  A steamed pudding with a syrup topping.

  •  Jelly and Ice Cream - A favourite party food for children.
  •  Lardy Cake 

  • The Victoria Sponge - Named after Queen Victoria 

  • Parkin - A spicey cake combining oatmeal and ginger. Traditionally enjoyed around Guy Fawkes Night (November 5)

  • Simnel Cake - A traditional cake for Easter and Mothering Sunday (Mothers’ Day)


  •  English Crumpets - A tasty “muffin” that goes great with tea, and spread with butter and preserves.
  • Scones
  •  Mince Pies - Pastry shells filled with mince meat, and sometimes brandy or rum. Traditionally eaten at Christmas time