The United Kingdom of Great Desserts

Here is an A-Z guide of Great British desserts. I have listed and ranked 19 of the very best after-dinner sweets that you can find in the British Isles, and surely we have all tried more than a handful (or should that be mouthful?) of these!

applepie2

Apple Pie – such a simple design and recipe with baked apple inside sheets of pastry. 6/10

arcticroll

Arctic Roll – this is basically the frozen version of the Swiss Roll with ice cream and frozen jam inside. 8/10

Banoffee Pie
Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie – one of my favourite desserts in the world, the name is a portmanteau of “banana” and “toffee”, which are the main ingredients, and it is topped with fresh cream. 10/10

Bread and Butter Pudding (seen here with ice cream)
Bread and Butter Pudding (seen here with ice cream)

Bread and Butter Pudding – this is one of the classic British desserts and it goes well with almost anything! 4/10

Carrot Cake is continually voted Britain's favourite cake!
Carrot Cake is continually voted Britain’s favourite cake!

Carrot Cake – this is not one of my favourites yet in polls it is ranked as one of the top cakes in the UK. 6/10

cherriesjubilee2

Cherries Jubilee – sour cherries and ice cream mixed together? Yes please! 6/10

Dundee Cake
Dundee Cake

Dundee Cake – despite looking quite bland, this is actually Scotland’s number one dessert. 4/10

etonmess3

Eton Mess – invented at Eton College a century ago I can assure you it tastes better than it looks! 7/10

Flummery
Flummery

Flummery – a very sweet dessert made with beaten eggs, sugar, and various flavourings. 8/10

Fruit Fool (made here with strawberry)
Fruit Fool (made here with strawberry)

Fool – this is made by folding pureed fruit into custard, although whipped cream can be used instead. Any number of fruits can be used, but it will still taste delicious! 7/10

Guinness Cake
Guinness Cake

Guinness Cake – one of Ireland’s specialities, this cake obviously has a large influence from Guinness stout, which is Ireland’s national drink. 8/10

gypsytart2

Gypsy Tart – most people remember this from their school dinners, but I don’t like it much. 4/10

jamrolypoly

Jam Roly-Poly – otherwise known as Dead Man’s Arm, this is a flat-rolled suet pudding that is spread with jam and then baked. 6/10

Knickerbocker Glory
Knickerbocker Glory

Knickerbocker Glory – this is one of the main memories from my childhood, but a lot of people mistake this ice cream dish as an American design. 6/10

mincepie

Mince Pie – a traditional Christmas snack in the UK, and they can be eaten hot or cold. 5/10

Spotted Dick
Spotted Dick

Spotted Dick – this is made with suet and dried fruit and served with a lot of warm custard. 5/10

Strawberries and Cream
Strawberries and Cream

Strawberries and Cream – most associated with the Wimbledon tennis tournament, this is a perfect dish for summer with fresh strawberries and either whipped cream or spray cream. 9/10

Syllabub (with orange)
Syllabub (with orange)

Syllabub – another one that I am not too fond of, as it is made with curdled cream and then mixed with wine or vinegar! 4/10

Trifle
Trifle

Trifle – it seems everybody knows about trifle and I am proud to say that this is another British desssert. There is a variety of texture to the trifle, what with the cream, the fruit toppings and the sponge bottom. 8/10

So there you have it – the UK is the undisputed Kingdom of Desserts! Let me know which Great British dessert tickled your fancy!

Advertisements

12 thoughts on “The United Kingdom of Great Desserts

    1. Haha Indah, I wish I was as disciplined as you to not eat sugar. I just had some poppadums with mango chutney for dinner. 😦 But as far as desserts go, you can’t go wrong with British ones – regardless of their sugar content 😛

      Like

  1. i’ve tried some of these choices. i would always be a fan of carrot cake, and would be very interested to try banoffee pie and guinness cake for the first time.

    Like

Tell me what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s