English Desserts
Treats for Autumn and Winter

English desserts can be delicate and subtle, but during the cold and damp English winters we may want a bit more than that.

When the nights draw in and there's a nip in the air, we look for puddings that warm and comfort.

And we don't have to look far.English cuisine has such an extensive stock of simply marvellous pies, crumbles, bakes and steamed puddings that you'll have a hard time choosing what to serve.

In Germany, desserts are always served cold, so imagine my surprise when I was confronted by my first steamed treacle sponge pudding!

Fortunately, I quickly realised what a wonderful end to a meal a hot pudding can make, whether it's a crumble bursting with fruit, hearty jam roll or a luscious bread and butter pudding.

So here's my collection of traditional English recipes for autumn and winter puddings. Enjoy!

Bread Pudding

More a cake than a pudding and not always served warm, bread pudding is very versatile. Great with hot yellow custard at the end of a meal, but equally at home in a lunch box or at a picnic.

Bread and Butter Pudding

A well-made bread and butter pudding contrasts a luscious, silky centre with crispy edges - a truly delicous pudding for a dinner party. Moreover, it's one that doesn't break the bank and mostly looks after itself while you look after your guests.

Spotted Dick

A great nursery pudding, this - but don't sneer. When it's cold and damp outside, you'll be glad for a slice of rich, fruit-studded pastry with lashings of hot golden custard.

Jam Roll

Another classic English dessert. Jam Roll is beloved by children and adults alike - as long as you love jam, you can't go wrong with this. Just make sure there's plenty of custard to go around.

Orange Marmalade Cake

Orange Marmalade Cake is very nice served warm at the end of a meal, maybe with a dollop of thick cream. It also shines on the tea table, especially if you're serving Earl Grey tea.

Blackberry Crumble

A true autumn treat - ripe blackberries, just picked, turned into the most delicious pudding merely through a bit of heat and a crunchy toppping.

Baked Rice Pudding

A wonderful English pudding that really comes into its own when it's freezing cold and wet outside. Homely, warming and comforting like your favourite pair of slippers.

Plum Crumble

Plum crumble comes into its own when there's the first real nip in the air. It's a solid, earthy pudding rather than one of the delicate English desserts you'd make in the summer months.

Apple Crumble

Apple crumble really comes alive when you begin adding Christmas spices - cinnamon, cloves, orange rind, lemon peel - to the apples. The wonderful aroma that that will pervade your kitchen while the crumble bakes is certainly worth it.

Apple Pie

There can be few English desserts more traditional than apple pie. But however clicheed it may sound, you cannot better a homemade apple pie. And it makes a grand end to a Sunday lunch.

So, that's my little selection of English desserts for the colder, darker months of the year. It doesn't mean you can't make these while the sun shines, but with their richness and earthy tastes, these puddings really come into their own when it does not.

As usual, I'll be adding more recipes as I find them - so please check back.