I’ll be the first to admit that traditional British cuisine is not necessarily world renowned as a culinary one, and when it came to food PR they definitely weren’t front of the queue. While there may be lots of shades of beige, well-prepared authentic British cuisine is tasty, warming and comforting, and in the end, that matters way more than wordly awards and claims to fame, right?
Take a culinary trip to the UK with my personal favourite seven hearty British dishes that are perfect for the remaining winter weeks – and beyond.
Breakfast – Crumpets
Crumpets are small, round rolls that are crispy underneath and spongy inside that’s perfect for anyone who likes to eat dessert for breakfast. It’s easy to make and the hardest part is waiting for them to rise – don’t skip this step as you want to go for the most airy and bubbly result. This is my go-to recipe. Top it off with peanut butter, jam or honey (or Marmite if you’re a monster!). Oh and if you don’t have cooking rings, don’t worry you can make the flatter version called pikelets.
Brunch – English Muffins
Not to be confused with the cupcake namesake, English Muffins are more of a round, light and savory bread often toasted and usually sliced in two. They’re so easy to prepare you’ll want brunch outside your house again. Here’s how to make them. They’re great with Eggs Benedict/Florentine, Smoked Salmon, Grilled Halloumi or just plain old butter.
Side Dish – Yorkshire Puddings
No Sunday Roast is complete without one or two Yorkshire Puddings. This crispy, fluffy pancake-like muffin is worth all the calories and is the perfect little treasure trove in which to hide roast meat and vegetables. I follow this recipe. Serve with meat/nut roast, roasted parsnips, carrots and gravy.
Pudding – Scones
I can’t leave out a good old scone out of this list, can I? You might associate them with an Afternoon Tea, but you can opt for the dressed down version: Cream Tea. As per this recipe you can have scones on your plate (or stomach) in 40 minutes, so there is absolutely no excuse not to give it a try. Spread clotted cream and jam on top and wash it down with a traditional hot cuppa Earl Grey.
Dinner – Jacket Potatoes
No winter is complete without a jacket potato. They’re a bit of a kitsch choice, but jacket potatoes are so delicious and versatile. What’s not to love? I don’t think you even need a recipe, but here you go. For the most British-style toppings go for baked beans with cheese and/or coleslaw.