April 17, 2019
With St. George’s Day just around the corner on 23rd April, it’s time to celebrate in true English style… with cake! In this post, we’ve listed out some classic English bakes - recipes that originated in England but have since taken the world by storm. Did we include your favourite?
Nowadays Cronuts are all the rage, but back in the 18th Century it was the Chelsea Bun, created in London in the aptly named Chelsea Bun House. It was rumoured that on the day of its creation, 50,000 people queued up to sample these delicious fruity buns. And you can see why!
Nowadays Chelsea Buns are still popular, which shows you warm cinnamon fruity buns lavished with butter and sugar syrup can really stand the test of time. They are often very popular at Easter - as they are not too dissimilar to hot cross buns, people tend to associate them with the end of lent.
The Victoria Sandwich Cake is perhaps one of the most quintessentially English bakes. It's a baking staple, made from a light and airy sponge, layered with jam and sometimes fresh cream or buttercream. During the 18th century, Queen Victoria adopted the craze of hosting afternoon tea. After her husband, Prince Albert, died in 1861, Queen Victoria spent time in retreat at Osborn House at the Isle of Wight. According to historians, it was here that the Victoria Sponge Cake was named after Queen Victoria.
Why not take your Victoria Sponge Cake to the next level by adding Prosecco? We have the perfect baking kit for this! A delicious strawberry and Prosecco layer cake, perfect for an afternoon treat or celebration.
Sticky Toffee Pudding is a classic English comfort pudding. From country pubs to fine dining, there isn’t many an eatery that wouldn’t insist on having this dessert on their menu. And for good reason too! A sticky toffee pudding consists of a very moist sponge cake made from pureed dates, topped with toffee sauce and often served with custard, clotted cream or ice cream. This recipe was created during the 1970s by two hotel owners in the Lake District.
And if you really don’t have the time but want that sticky toffee goodness, then why not give one of our mug puddings a whirl? These are the perfect solution for days when you have no pudding. Topped with a scoop of ice cream, you will be in dessert heaven.
Lemon is usually quite a safe bet and popular choice when it comes to baking - so a lemon drizzle cake is definite crowd pleaser! The exact origin of the Lemon Drizzle is uncertain, but it is thought that it derives from the english pound cake. The pound cake is a very simple cake that uses 1lb each of four ingredients (flour, sugar, butter and eggs).
The lemon cake is made using lemon zest, which gives the cakes a surge of moisture and flavour, whilst adding a deliciously fluffy texture. You then add lemon juice sugar syrup over the top of the cake, which soaks the sponge with a delicious zingy flavour.
We recently treated our subscribers to a Baking Club recipe for a Lemon Drizzle Loaf cake, with Swiss meringue buttercream in the middle and finished with flaked almonds. To gain access to this recipe and many more, why not join our subscription Baking Club?
What are your favourite English bakes? Share them with us in the comments!
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