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British Desserts

My youngest child is practicing (and hopefully improving) her writing skills. She did some research on British , subject matter which she had to find out about on her own because:

(A) Her American mother was clueless.

(B) Even though her father is from The - which at one time was beholden to the Queen of - Bahamian food is in no way a reflection of British cuisine. In other words, he was also clueless.

Was pleasantly surprised with the results of her search.

Has anybody ever tried any of these treats?

  1. Arctic Roll
  2. Bakewell Tart
  3. Eton Mess
  4. Flies Graveyard
  5. Rock Cake

Flies Graveyard?? Sounds perfect for celebrating .

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allen0187 wrote on October 6, 2015, 1:13 AM

No idea what those are. curious to check it out on-line but just don't have the time yet.

Flies Graveyard does sound appropriate for Halloween. Rock Cake sounds like something that could knock your teeth out!

MegL wrote on October 6, 2015, 2:16 AM

Allen0187 Arctic roll is a fairly new one, because I understand it is icecream inside sponge cake so has to be kept frozen until shortly before being served. That meant it wasn't on the menu when I was at school. Bakewell tart was one of my favourite desserts as a child but we only got it when my maternal grandmother was around. She was brilliant at making it. It's basically a pastry base covered in jam and then a type of sponge on top but the sponge was made using ground almonds. Eton Mess I thought was a type of chocolate. That's what it is called in the chocolate catalogue I get. Flies graveyard - now that's a new one on me. I wonder if it is the same as spotted dick, which was a steamed sponge roll with currants in it that was frequently on the menu for school dinners. A good filling pudding with custard. Rock cake are the type of "buns" we were taught to make in cookery class in school. They are a small bun but not sponge. They were made using the "rubbing in" method of baking, more like making pastry. My father wasn't too impressed with my attempts at those, so I never made them again.

MegL wrote on October 6, 2015, 2:19 AM

Treacle tart was another of my favourites that my grandmother made. It had a pre cooked pastry base filled with golden syrup and breadcrumbs. There was also jam roly poly. She made lovely Yorkshire puddings which are meant to be eaten with your Sunday dinner but I preferred to save them fro "afters" with golden syrup.

CoralLevang wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:42 AM

MegL One Christmas, my daughter got my youngest sister, her aunt, who is 6 years older than she is a can of spotted dick. Of course, it was a gag gift because of the double entendre/sexual connotation. We all got a good laugh. Then I opened my gift. It was the same. LOL

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CoralLevang wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:43 AM

I'll look forward to a more detailed article on each of these soon! emoticon :winking:

MegL wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:45 AM

LOL. I am trying NOT to eat desserts!

CoralLevang wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:50 AM

Treacle is similar/same to what we call molasses, right?

I have made Yorkshire puddings, or Popovers. LOVED making those, as a girl. I don't think my family cared for them much.

WordChazer wrote on October 6, 2015, 6:56 AM

Eton Mess is my FAVORITE! Mixed berries, crushed meringue, icecream, whipped cream. It's usually strawberries and raspberries in summer, with added blueberries and blackberries at this time of year. Mum reckons it started out as a pavlova that went wrong. There is also something called an Eton Tidy which layers fruit and meringue neatly.

You also can't talk about British desserts without mentioning bread and butter pudding, apple crumble or rice pudding. Home made versions of all these desserts are usually superior to trying to buy something in the shops.

LoudMan wrote on October 6, 2015, 11:23 AM

I don't know how many Americans would be willing to eat a spotted dick. I mean some would. I might. But, not many others.

LoudMan wrote on October 6, 2015, 11:24 AM

It seems like there should be, huh.

MegL wrote on October 6, 2015, 2:59 PM

The "treacle"she used was golden syrup. I never saw molasses as a child,not until late teens, maybe early 20s

MegL wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:01 PM

Ah, right, haven't had Eton Mess then, too costly during my childhood. Bread and butter pudding, apple crumble and rice pudding were some staples of my childhood.

MegL wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:04 PM

I don't recall ANY of my childhood desserts involving chocolate and I STILL wouldn't have done without them if possible. Chocolate was a once a week treat on a Saturday night after a bath in a tin bath in front of the fire and then sitting on the sofa in front of the fire watching the Saturday night cowboy film.

Kasman wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:26 PM

I have eaten all of those on many occasions but Bakewell Tart is my favourite of those you list. ''Flies' Graveyard'' is a colloquial name for a fruit slice containing lots and lots of raisins.

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 6, 2015, 7:08 PM

LOL. allen0187 – Will probably search for recipes later to populate my foodie page on Tsu. :)

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 6, 2015, 7:10 PM

MegL – Thanks for all your comments and explanations.
- Ground almonds is right up in my alley!
- Spotted dick? Glad she didn't find that one.
{ CoralLevang , LoudMan - Or if she did , she didn't tell me. :) }

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 6, 2015, 7:12 PM

Not on my list of writing tasks. Maybe possible link sharing if I find the recipes online. ( See comment to allen0187 )

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 6, 2015, 7:13 PM

&AbbyG , LoudMan – Know what you mean about chocolate. :)

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 6, 2015, 7:14 PM

WordChazer - Pavlova gone wrong? Sounds like you just described one of the “greatest mistakes ever made” in food history. :) Thanks for the additions.

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 6, 2015, 7:16 PM

Kasman – Eton Mess and Bakewell Tart seems to be winners! :)

allen0187 wrote on October 6, 2015, 7:34 PM

MegL , thanks for the info. 'Spotted dick', I'll never eat that in my lifetime or the next. Artic roll, now that one sounds good to me!

MegL wrote on October 7, 2015, 1:38 AM

Spotted dick was a tasty and filling pudding, best eaten in cooler countries in winter.

CoralLevang wrote on October 7, 2015, 11:11 AM

I actually liked the tin of spotted dick. But I like sponge cake and raisins.

CoralLevang wrote on October 7, 2015, 11:13 AM

So, probably a few steps down from light syrup but before the molasses stages. Gotcha.

CoralLevang wrote on October 7, 2015, 11:15 AM

Sounds like the same staples my Swedish grandmother made. I do not like bread pudding, but I do love a good rice pudding.

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 7, 2015, 4:21 PM

Found a lady on Pinterest who has a board dedicated to nothing but bread pudding recipes. That's obsession! :)

CoralLevang wrote on October 7, 2015, 4:41 PM

I have had only two encounters with pavlova. HOWEVER, neither of them "went wrong"... but both stories are not allowable here on PP. emoticon :winking: Let's just say it involved a KIWI. emoticon :grin:

6snowroses.6doves4peace wrote on October 7, 2015, 6:03 PM

Hello cmoneyspinner! I have several English friends, and spent a brief time in England, but I can honestly say I've never heard of nor tasted any of these! They do look Heavenly, though! I'll have to look these up for myself. Nice to meet you, by the way.

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 9, 2015, 6:02 PM

Thanks for commenting. Nice to meet you too! Love your user name. :)

VinceSummers wrote on December 9, 2015, 9:55 PM

My favorite treat is a plum pudding with hard sauce. It's been years, but I still hope...

cmoneyspinner wrote on December 10, 2015, 6:26 PM

Never tried plum pudding. But others have told me it's delicious. Maybe one day.

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 28, 2017, 4:27 PM

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