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British Recipes


Historically, British food had good reputation, especially in the Middle Ages, but in the last century or so, much of that reputation has been lost internationally. This loss in reputation was caused by a combination of factors: unadventurous menus, some poor quality restaurants, and the effects of rationing (introduced during World War II, but not finally abolished until 1954).

In recent years however, there has been a great renaissance in British cuisine, and a greater interest in the culinary arts throughout the British Isles (partly inspired by celebrity chefs on TV). High quality traditional and regional recipes are commonplace, new influences have been introduced from the Mediterranean cuisine and Indian cooking (and the rise of a new Anglo-Indian cuisine).

Some popular British meals and foods include:
  • Sunday roast - The traditional main meal of the week, eaten on Sundays, with left-overs used in various recipes for the next few days. Roasted meat is served onion gravy, roast potatoes and vegetables (such as Brussel sprouts), although the choice of meat may vary between lamb, pork, beef or chicken, and each of type of meat has its traditional accompaniments (mint sauce with lamb, apple sauce with pork, horseradish or mustard with beef, small ("chipolata" sausages and redcurrant jelly or cranberry sauce with chicken).

  • Fish and chips - Fish (usually cod or plaice), battered and fried, and served with French fries. Mushy peas (a soup-like dish made from peas) is a popular side dish with this meal, especially in the North of England.

  • Full English breakfast - Sausage, bacon, eggs (fried eggs, scrambled eggs, or boiled eggs), fried bread, fried mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, black pudding (a type of blood sausage) and baked beans.

    Full English Breakfast

  • Kedgeree - Flaked fish (usually smoked haddock), with boiled rice, eggs and butter. The dish originated during the British Empire in India, where it was often eaten for breakfast.

  • Cornish pasty - A baked pie with a distinctive shape, traditionally filled with beef, onion, potato and swede (rutabaga).

  • Pie and mash - A pie containing minced (ground) meat, with a side dish of mash potato. This is a traditional dish eaten in the East End of London, where historically it was eaten with "jellied eels", (eels stewed and cooled), the water from cooking the eels being used in making the pies.

  • Steak and kidney pie - A pie filled with a mixture of diced beef, and lamb or pork kidneys in a thick sauce.

  • Shepherd's pie - Ground ("minced") lamb covered with a layer of mashed potato, and optionally cheese. Variations exist with beef ("cottage pie") or fish ("fisherman's pie").

    Shepherd's pie

  • Bangers and mash - Sausage and mashed potato.

  • Toad in the hole - Sausages cooked in batter.

  • Lancashire hotpot - Meat, onion and potatoes baked in a pot or casserole dish for a long time on low heat.

  • Chicken tikka massala - An Anglo-Indian dish made by cooking chunks of marinated chicken in a curry sauce. If eaten as a main meal it is normally served with rice or naan (Indian bread), but variations are popular as a (cold) sandwich filling or even as a pizza topping! Some surveys suggest that it is now the most popular dish in the UK.

  • Balti - Another Anglo-Indian dish, this was comes from the Asian community of Birmingham who developed the recipe based on a Punjabi traditional recipes. Balti is a meat (chicken or lamb) in a thick curry sauce, cooked and served in a heavy iron or steel pot. The curry is eaten by scooping it up with naan (Indian Bread), the restaurants that serve it being known as "balti houses".

  • Arbroath smokie - A lightly smoked haddock, originally from Arbroath in Scotland.

  • Mince and tatties - Minced (ground) beef and mashed potatoes.

  • Haggis - One of Scotland's most famous traditional dishes, haggis is made using a sheep's heart, liver and lungs (collectively known as the "pluck"), minced (ground), and mixed with oatmeal, onions, suet, spices and stock, and then boiled in the sheep's stomach.

  • Cock-a-leekie soup - A Scottish soup made from potato, leek and chicken stock.

  • Welsh rarebit (sometimes called "Welsh rabbit") - Grated cheese mixed with beer, milk and butter, and then spread on toast and grilled (broiled).

  • Spotted dick - A steamed pudding made from dried fruit (especially raisins) in dough. Served hot, usually with custard.

  • Apple Crumble - This is quick to prepare but tasty pie-like dessert. It is made from apples and sugar (sometimes flavored with spices such as cinnamon) covered with a loose layer of sweet pastry. This is placed in a oven-proof dish and placed in the oven and baked until the pastry turns golden brown. Apple crumble is normally eaten with custard, but it delicious with cream or ice cream as well. Other fruits can be used as well (or instead), to make dishes such as apple and blackberry crumble, blackberry crumble, or rhubarb crumble (made using sticks of rhubarb).

  • Bakewell tart - A pastry shell spread with with jam (fruit preserve), and then filled with a sponge-like filling.

    Bakewell tart

  • Mince pies - A traditional dish eaten at Christmas. Mince pies are a sweet pastry, nowadays filled with a mixture of dried and chopped fruits and nuts in suet, brandy or rum, but historically filled with spiced meat and ground dried fruit. They are traditionally accompanied with brandy butter.

  • Christmas pudding - Another dessert traditionally eaten at Christmas, Christmas pudding is a steam dessert made with dried fruit, nuts and suet, and soaked in brandy or other alcoholic beverages. Like mince pies, Christmas pudding is traditionally eaten accompanied by brandy butter.
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The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking

By Linda Collister

BBC BOOKS
Released: 2014-09-23
Hardcover (320 pages)

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A beautiful, fully photographic cookbook of 120 original recipes from both the judges and the bakers of the much-loved BBC1 series

The ultimate guide to baking whether a complete novice or a well-practiced home cook, this book is for every baker. Using easy-to-follow techniques, there are reliable recipes for biscuits, bread, large and small cakes, sweet pastry and patisserie, savory pastry, puddings, and desserts. Each chapter transports the reader on set and showcases the best recipes from the challenges including Mary and Paul's Signature Bakes, Technical Challenges and Showstoppers, plus the best bakers' recipes from the show. There are step-by-step photographs to help guide readers through the more complicated techniques and stunning photography throughout, making this the perfect gift for all bakers and Bake Off fans.

Royal Teas: Seasonal Recipes from Buckingham Palace

By Mark Flanagan

Royal Collection Trust
Hardcover (120 pages)

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What could be more quintessentially British than a spot of afternoon tea? It’s a hallowed tradition that’s taken particularly seriously at Buckingham Palace, where for more than a decade Royal Chef Mark Flanagan and his team have prepared an afternoon tea that reflects the best of this venerable tradition across the seasons, from springtime picnics to sophisticated summer garden parties and festive Christmas teas.
           
Royal Teas, the follow-up to A Royal Cookbook, shares Flanagan’s recipes for a variety of tantalizing tea-time treats, including sweet and savory pastries, cookies, and show-stopping cakes. Each recipe is reproduced with clear instructions and a table to convert measurements to the ones you are most familiar with and is accompanied by beautiful photographs of the tableware, floral arrangements, and other decorative items that adorn the royal table throughout the year. Organized by season, the book is also a testament to the Royal Kitchens’ commitment to sourcing fresh, local ingredients, from the mulberry trees in the Palace Gardens, whose berries are harvested and made into deliciously syrupy jam, to the beehives that provide the year-round honey used in honey sponge cake.

The first official tea-time cookbook from the Royal Collection, Royal Tea invites readers to take a break in the day to indulge in a Royal Family–tested sweet treat—well-behaved corgis welcome!
 

Nadiya's Kitchen: Over 100 Simple, Delicious Family Recipes

By Nadiya Hussain

Penguin UK
Released: 2017-07-18
Hardcover (272 pages)

Nadiya s Kitchen: Over 100 Simple, Delicious Family Recipes
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Having fallen in love with Nadiya and her outstanding bakes on Great British Bake Off, readers can now discover all her favorite recipes. With chapters ranging from "Lazy Sunday Mornings" to "Midnight Feasts," "Snacks and Sharing: to "Dessert for Dinner," there's a dish for any time of the day, for all of the family. She offers innovative twists on traditional classics and the perfect recipe for those staple meals and bakes, including Best Fish Finger Butty; Churros French Toast; Cod and Clementine Curry; Popcorn, White Chocolate and Peanut Slice; Za'atar and Lemon Palmiers; Sour Cherry and Almond Bundt Cake; and Her Majesty's Cake.

The English Kitchen: An Anglophile's Love Note to English Cuisine

By Marie Rayner

Passageway Press
Hardcover (724 pages)

The English Kitchen: An Anglophile s Love Note to English Cuisine
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Learn how to cook the complete breadth of English cuisine with The English Kitchen. Award winning blogger and former personal chef Marie Rayner shares 510 recipes to cover every meal from the famous ‘Full English’ breakfast to late night treats of cake and biscuits. Every meal that could cross a traditional English plate is on offer, with modern favourites from around the British Isles and abroad making an appearance too.

You will find recipes for fry ups, lemon toast, custard creams, honey cake, Bakewell scones, the ultimate chicken Caesar salad, ploughman’s lunch, toad-in-the-hole, pork chops, Lancashire hotpot, hunter’s chicken, gardener’s pie, chips and mushy peas, how to make the perfect Sunday roast, Yorkshire pudding, bubble and squeak, coronation chicken, rock cakes, crumpets, crumbles, roly polys, sticky toffee pudding and more!

Marie also shares her years of experience in running a kitchen, with an entire chapter of Kitchen Wisdom to teach you the hints, tips and secrets behind making it all look (and feel) easy.

Marie came to the UK in the year 2000 and swiftly fell in love with the British culinary style. These are her tried and tested, very best recipes. They don’t have to be fancy, but they are each and every one delicious. Throughout she will educate you with gentle humour and beautiful illustrations, whether you are a native Brit looking for the taste of home, or an anglophile waiting to discover the traditions for the first time.

Vintage English Cooking Recipes: These classic English (British) recipes for pastry, deserts and main dishes were the staples of life in 20th Century Great Britain.

By henry powers

Independently published
Paperback (24 pages)

Vintage English Cooking Recipes: These classic English (British) recipes for pastry, deserts and main dishes were the staples of life in 20th Century Great Britain.
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These classic old fashioned English (British) recipes for pastry, deserts and main dishes were the staples of life in 20th Century Great Britain and are still great favorites in these more modern times. From the old favorite Steak and Kidney pie to Lemon Buns, these recipes are bound to be a hit at dinner time.

The Great British Book of Baking: 120 Best-Loved Recipes From Teatime Treats to Pies and Pasties

By Linda Collister

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Wooden spoons at the ready for Linda Collister's The Great British Book of Baking. This is the official book to accompany the hit BBC2 TV series The Great British Bake-off, presented by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. This book takes us on a tour of the very best in baking our nation has to offer -- from Eccles cakes to Cornish pasties, Chelsea buns to Scottish gingerbread. With trips to notable landmarks from baking history -- Melton Mowbray and Sandwich among the more famous, as well as locally loved secrets from towns and villages around the country -- the book highlights the importance of baking as part of our national heritage. Over 120 recipes, as well as numerous adaptations and suggestions, cover the whole range of baking skills from sweet jam tarts to savoury game pie. These are recipes that have been passed through the generations, securing themselves as baking classics, and include recipes from the contestants of The Great British Bake Off. Whether you want to try your hand at the delicate art of petticoat tails shortbread or dish up a hearty steak pie to a hungry family, you will be looking between the pages of The Great British Book of Baking time and time again, as Linda Collister has brought together the very best recipes from around the British Isles. Linda Collister has written over twenty-five books, having trained at the Cordon Bleu, then La Varenne in Paris. Sheila Keating is a food writer and author, with a special interest in the provenance of British food.

Traditional Old English (British) Recipes

By B. Thomas-Smith

Released: 2013-02-07
Kindle Edition (35 pages)

Traditional Old English (British) Recipes
 
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Thank you for your support. Traditional Old English (British) Recipes main purpose of this little cookbook is to raise money for Charity - the Cancer Society.

As a Brit transplanted in Canada, my spirit will always reach back to my roots. That is where Traditional English Recipes has played a huge role in our life. While these few recipes may be straightforward and simple, they are delicious. From Christmas Pudding to Fish & Chips, main courses to desserts and everything in between.

YES, they are plain, YES there are only a few basic recipes but with a little imagination, you too can make them your own! Get creative...that is what we all love to do. As cooks, we thrive on doing that in our kitchens!

This little cookbook (as with all my subsequent books) has a special purpose. It is to make a difference. It is to raise money for charity. There are several charities that have a special place in my heart. Each book that I write will go to different organizations that rely on our help to succeed. That is why a portion of the proceeds from my “cook books” are going to be donated to the Cancer Society, my Natural Dog Biscuit Recipe Books (coming soon) will make a donation to Humane Societies and Shelters, etc.

What will you get out of it? I hope a recipe or two that you can make your own, and the satisfaction you made a difference...for that I thank you.

Thank you kindly for your support.

Great British Puddings: 140 Sweet, Sticky, Yummy, Classic Recipes from the Pudding Club of Great Britain

By The Pudding Club

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Great British Puddings: 140 Sweet, Sticky, Yummy, Classic Recipes from the Pudding Club of Great Britain
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Celebrating the gooiest, yummiest, sweetest treats from Britain, this new cookbook lets you in on the secrets of the best desserts in the country

Please be upstanding, ladies and gentlemen, for the greatest puddings that this fair land has to offer! A genuine "pud-lover's" delight, this collection includes recipes for Ginger Syrup Pudding, Cinnamon and Apple Bread Pudding, Prince Albert Pudding, Apple Dappy, Blackcurrant and Mint Pie, Scottish Flummery, Blackberry Eton Mess, Hot Mocha Pudding, Apricot Tansy, Figgy Pudding, and much more. With 150 foolproof, tried-and-tested desserts, this is the essential pudding cookbook from the real experts. Custard at the ready, sir! Grab your spoon, madam! Includes dual measures.



 
 
 

 
 
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