18 Classic British Desserts That Are Absolutely Smashing
We know you're familiar with trifles and shortbread, but there are so many more British desserts that you'll want to bake at home.
Shortbread is a favorite across the United Kingdom, though it traces its roots back to Scotland. It’s believed that a version of this cookie has been made since the Middle Ages and was popular with Mary Queen of Scots.
The recipe has varied a bit across its long history, but these days you’ll find most recipes call for simply butter, sugar and flour. And the secret to the best shortbread ever: letting the dough chill.
Battenberg cake has made many an appearance on The Great British Baking Show. The traditional version of this cake is made with two shades of sponge cake with a jam filling and marzipan coating.
This cake first came onto the scene in Great Britain when Queen Victoria’s grandaughter (also named Victoria) married Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884. Ever since it’s been a regular cake at British celebrations.
We can’t talk about vintage British desserts without mentioning the treacle tart. Treacle is a sweet syrup similar to molasses and helps create a sticky, delicious filling for this treat.
If you’re a Potterhead, you’ll know that this is Harry’s favorite dessert. Be sure to check out our other magical Harry Potter-inspired recipes.
The Banoffee Pie was invented in the 1970s by Ian Dowding and Nigel McKenzie, the chef and owner, respectively, of The Hungry Monk restaurant in East Sussex. The name combines the two main stars of the dessert: bananas and toffee.