English desserts that you definitely have to try

english desserts you should try

¿English desserts you have to try? Brilliant. We may think in advance that English gastronomy does not have much to offer, and if we compare it with Spanish cuisine, it is true, but it still has some dishes that are worth trying and these desserts are surely on that list.

Therefore, if you are planning to travel to England, do not hesitate to try these english desserts



This English dessert It is already 300 years old And it's still as tempting as it was then, isn't it? The one who is served and presented in a glass cup collaborates in that appetizing image that you have. It's about a layered dessert that bears fruits, in generall strawberries, bananas and red berries, with vanilla sponge cake, whipped cream, vanilla dessert and fruit jam. 

There are versions in which some alcohol is added., Dermoboy liqueur, for example, or even whiskey. The truth is that there is variety depending on where in England you are going to try it. There are versions with chocolate, chocolate whipped cream I mean, or versions with hazelnuts or other jams. But be careful, these versions are not considered the "real trifle."

So if you're in London, where can you try the true English Trifle? Good places are Rules, Dean Street Townhouse and Simpson's-in-the-Strand.

Eton Messi

Eton Mess, English dessert

According to the English media, this dessert He is the favorite of Prince William and former Prime Minister Boris Johnson. As its name indicates, the dessert It was created at Eaton College, the Eaton Boarding School, west of the English capital, far away, in the 30s the last century.

The english dessert includes meringue, whipped cream, strawberries and/or other red fruits. It will be simple, but delicious and, as they say, very addictive. The urban legend around him says that the name of Blagon Eaton He was given the name of the cook at the school, the same one attended by Boris Johnson and the prince.

It seems that the cook accidentally destroyed a soft Pavlova (the dessert made with meringue and fruits and cream), so to get by he mixed everything and decorated it with more whipped cream.

The result? The Eton mess (mess is, precisely, mess in English).


Rice pudding, a classic English dessert

There are "comfort food", comfort food as they say in English. Each culture has its own and so does each person. In the case of England we can talk about the rice pudding, a simple dessert that has endured in English cookbooks for centuries.

This dessert has always been cooked in English homes. Cooking is slow and long, so the entire house is filled with the sweet aroma and produces that healthy feeling of comfort. In addition, it is made with ingredients that are always on hand: short grain rice, which is generally used to make a risotto, for example, since it is creamy, and sugar. In no more than three hours the dessert is ready.

On top of the rice the English add different toppings which can be toasted ruidabro, pears or jam or even caramel sauce, amaretto cherries, raisins or cinnamon. So, with rice, milk, cream, vanilla essence, sugar and some spices to taste, this typical English dessert that you cannot stop trying.

Battenberg cake

Battenberg cake, English dessert you have to try

You can find that this dessert is called battenberg or battenburg, with or without cake at the end. It is nothing other than a spongy cake divided into layers that are spread with jam. Then the cake covered with marzipan, cut it into a cross and you will see that The interior is very beautiful, divided into pink and yellow rooms.

The first of these colorful cakes was cooked, according to the English, in 1884 to celebrate the marriage of Princess Victoria, Queen Victoria's granddaughter, to Prince Louis of Battenberg. And the name then derives from the German city where the groom's family was from.

It seems that originally those primitive cakes had no more and no less than 25 squares, but in the end only four remained fixed because it was easier to follow this pattern when they began to be cooked industrially.

Battenberg Cake

Originally Battenberg cakes were almond, the layers were cooked separately, the yellow ones from the pink ones, and then they were assembled following the square pattern. These layers were joined with peach jam and covered with marzipan. And so it remains, although today artificial coloring is used to make it look better.

Fairy cakes

Fairy cakes

Here we have the English version of American cupakes. I love the name because yes, there is no doubt, they look like cakes made by and for fairies. The fairy cakes They appear on almost all English birthdays and celebrations., especially on children's birthdays. Sometimes they are also called butterfly cakes, butterfly cakes, because the divided cover resembles the wings of butterflies.

The fariry cakes They became very popular in the '70s and they appeared as one of the favorite dishes at all school parties and fairs. They were as popular then as cupcakes and muffins are today. At that time, the dough to prepare them was even sold in supermarkets, just as boxes for making cakes are sold today. Today they are still sold, but not in all stores because they have lost popularity.

Fairy cakes, classic English dessert

Then, A Fairy cake is, in terms of ingredients, the same as a muffing or a cupcake. The only difference between them is the size. and that the fary cake seems to have two wings. Additionally, the paper base used is smaller and They don't have as much topping or coating as cupcakes..

In this sense, the traditional topping can be a simple layer of icing sugar or a glaze. Only on very special occasions is something else added, chips, for example.

Victoria sponge cake

Victoria sponge, English dessert

This English dessert It's a true classic. The truth is that there are many sponge cakes, so the question is how this one became so popular or synonymous with sponge cake in general. According to historians of English gastronomy, this dessert He was born to the seventh Duchess of Bedford, Anne Russell.

Ran the nineteenth century and the custom was to enjoy a High Tea or evening meal, between 8 and 9 at night. Although today saying High Tea or afternoon tea is the same, the truth is that high tea takes place at the dining table, includes hot dishes and meat, is more substantial and the tea is stronger.

Victoria sponge, classic English dessert

It seems like Waiting until so late the Duchess didn't like it at all, so she started asking for something to eat and tea earlier.. It was served in his charming Painting Room and soon after he began inviting friends, including Queen Victoria. Shortly after, the custom became very popular among the upper class and one thing led to another and the Victoria sponge or Victoria sponge cake was born, which the queen loved.

The classic version is a sponge cake two layers filled with whipped cream and jam, sprinkled with sugar. Today it appears in all tea houses and is widely seen as a wedding cake.

Sticky Toffee

Sticky toffee, english dessert

Sticky Toffee is one of the Most popular English desserts for Christmas. The English have also made it popular in Australia and Canada, through its colonies. It is a dessert with very moist cake, which may contain finely chopped dates, topped with toffee sauce and served with vanilla ice cream or vanilla cream.

The basic ingredients of sticky toffee are the cake and the sauce. The cake must be moist, which is why it usually includes dates. It's fluffy, similar to the consistency of a muffin, and there is no shortage of people who add nuts or spices such as cloves. Then there is the sauce that is made with double cream and brown sugar of any type.

The origins are not much known although It seems that the dessert was born in Yorkshire at the beginning of the 20th century. However, it became popular in the '70s, in a hotel in Cumbria, and at the end of the '80s an industrial version appeared on sale, which is the one available in all supermarkets today.

jam roly-poly

Roly-poly jam, traditional English dessert

It is also known as dead man's arm or dead man's leg. This English dessert was most likely created at the end of the 19th century and it is a simple and tasty dessert: a picnelated pudding with jam and rolled, similar to the swiss roll, but after It is baked or steamed and served with a thick sauce.

Here we come with some of the English desserts that you should not miss trying. Of course, I would include in this list the scones and Cherry Pie, but I'll leave you to discover them yourself on your next trip to England.

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