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Queen of Puddings

This traditional British dessert is a bit like Manchester pudding (a brandied bread pudding with egg yolks) or Monmouth pudding (topped with tart berries or seasonal fruit). This authentic British dessert is made by topping a breadcrumb-thickened mixture with jam and then meringue. Various forms of sweet puddings date back to the mid-1600s, and bread soaked in milk is a key ingredient in many of them. We are using raspberry jam in our topping, although some people prefer to use blackcurrant jam. On top of that is a creamy layer of meringue which can be artistically piped or rustically spread on top.

This dessert might look rich and heavy, but you will find it is delicate, light and elegant. Although you might associate meringue and fruit desserts with the warmer months, the queen of puddings is served hot from the oven. You can serve some cream on the side if you like. You do not need a lot of different ingredients to make this dessert – just butter, milk, sugar, breadcrumbs, eggs, lemon, and jam, for the perfect balance.

So if you are looking for some culinary inspiration and you want to make something authentically British, bow down to the queen of puddings because the flavours are certain to wow you and your dinner guests. This old-fashioned British dessert, which is still very popular, is simple to prepare and it goes beautifully after any kind of main course. Our recipe serves 6 people (or 4 very hungry ones!) Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine and I would like to welcome you to TeaTime Recipes. Tea has always been a favourite of mine and I adore the tradition of serving this wonderful beverage with all kinds of little snacks both sweet and savoury. Read More