Classic English Desserts to Make in April

Hosting your friends or family this month? You may have planned the starter and main course, but what about the dessert? The most important course, we reckon.

May we suggest paying homage to all things Great Britain – what with the Queen’s Jubilee on the horizon – with a Great British pud?

Here on the My Appliances blog, we’re sharing with you some of our favourite desserts from here in good old blighty…

Apple Crumble

Apple pie might be an American favourite, but apple crumble is a British post-dinner must have through and through. It’s similar to the apple crisp that originated during World War II food rationing, suggests Wikipedia. ‘The crumble topping is made of butter, flour, and brown sugar rolled together so that it resembles breadcrumbs.’

If you haven’t yet made an apple crumble from scratch, do it! It’s relatively easy to make and perfect served with cream, custard or ice cream. Try this BBC Good Food recipe.

Eton Mess

The popular Eton Mess recipe takes Australia’s pavlova and gives it a British twist. Why? Rumour has it that a group of Eton students, upon walking to visit their lecturer to present him with a thank-you pavlova, promptly dropped it on the floor. Et voila…the famous Eton Mess pudding came to be.

The dessert is thought to originate from Eton College, says Wikipedia, and is served at the annual cricket match against the pupils of Harrow School.

Bakewell Tart

‘This fragrant almond tart is a classic British dessert and true family favourite.’ say the people behind the Tesco Food site. ‘This traditional Bakewell tart recipe includes buttery homemade pastry with a thick layer of raspberry jam and a soft frangipane topping.

Serve warm with cream or custard, or cool completely and enjoy with a cuppa’.

Head here to see the full recipe.

Pineapple Upside Down Pudding

A classic British pud, this steamed dessert features pineapple and glace cherries – and it’s the perfect finish to your Sunday roast dinner. Extremely sweet and incredibly moreish, the pudding is a retro favourite.

Pineapple upside down cake is really easy to make and is guaranteed to be a real people-pleaser. Try this recipe and see what you think.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Ah, the humble sticky toffee pudding! It graces many a menu at Great British pubs up and down the country. Serve it with custard, cream or ice cream and watch everyone’s faces light up as they tuck right in. Again, BBC Good Food comes up trumps with a winning recipe, which has a five star rating on the site.

If you’ve never made a pud before, this is a great one to start with, as you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like sticky toffee pudding.

Will you be giving any of these pudding a try this month? If so, let us know by commenting on this blog post below. Looking for some more cooking or baking inspiration? Take a look around our blog here on the My Appliances site.

Until next time…