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!
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.