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British Recipes

Historically, British food had good reputation, especially in the Middle Ages, but in the last century or so, much of that reputation has been lost internationally. This loss in reputation was caused by a combination of factors: unadventurous menus, some poor quality restaurants, and the effects of rationing (introduced during World War II, but not finally abolished until 1954).

In recent years however, there has been a great renaissance in British cuisine, and a greater interest in the culinary arts throughout the British Isles (partly inspired by celebrity chefs on TV). High quality traditional and regional recipes are commonplace, new influences have been introduced from the Mediterranean cuisine and Indian cooking (and the rise of a new Anglo-Indian cuisine).

Some popular British meals and foods include:
  • Sunday roast - The traditional main meal of the week, eaten on Sundays, with left-overs used in various recipes for the next few days. Roasted meat is served onion gravy, roast potatoes and vegetables (such as Brussel sprouts), although the choice of meat may vary between lamb, pork, beef or chicken, and each of type of meat has its traditional accompaniments (mint sauce with lamb, apple sauce with pork, horseradish or mustard with beef, small ("chipolata" sausages and redcurrant jelly or cranberry sauce with chicken).

  • Fish and chips - Fish (usually cod or plaice), battered and fried, and served with French fries. Mushy peas (a soup-like dish made from peas) is a popular side dish with this meal, especially in the North of England.

  • Full English breakfast - Sausage, bacon, eggs (fried eggs, scrambled eggs, or boiled eggs), fried bread, fried mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, black pudding (a type of blood sausage) and baked beans.

    Full English Breakfast

  • Kedgeree - Flaked fish (usually smoked haddock), with boiled rice, eggs and butter. The dish originated during the British Empire in India, where it was often eaten for breakfast.

  • Cornish pasty - A baked pie with a distinctive shape, traditionally filled with beef, onion, potato and swede (rutabaga).

  • Pie and mash - A pie containing minced (ground) meat, with a side dish of mash potato. This is a traditional dish eaten in the East End of London, where historically it was eaten with "jellied eels", (eels stewed and cooled), the water from cooking the eels being used in making the pies.

  • Steak and kidney pie - A pie filled with a mixture of diced beef, and lamb or pork kidneys in a thick sauce.

  • Shepherd's pie - Ground ("minced") lamb covered with a layer of mashed potato, and optionally cheese. Variations exist with beef ("cottage pie") or fish ("fisherman's pie").

    Shepherd's pie

  • Bangers and mash - Sausage and mashed potato.

  • Toad in the hole - Sausages cooked in batter.

  • Lancashire hotpot - Meat, onion and potatoes baked in a pot or casserole dish for a long time on low heat.

  • Chicken tikka massala - An Anglo-Indian dish made by cooking chunks of marinated chicken in a curry sauce. If eaten as a main meal it is normally served with rice or naan (Indian bread), but variations are popular as a (cold) sandwich filling or even as a pizza topping! Some surveys suggest that it is now the most popular dish in the UK.

  • Balti - Another Anglo-Indian dish, this was comes from the Asian community of Birmingham who developed the recipe based on a Punjabi traditional recipes. Balti is a meat (chicken or lamb) in a thick curry sauce, cooked and served in a heavy iron or steel pot. The curry is eaten by scooping it up with naan (Indian Bread), the restaurants that serve it being known as "balti houses".

  • Arbroath smokie - A lightly smoked haddock, originally from Arbroath in Scotland.

  • Mince and tatties - Minced (ground) beef and mashed potatoes.

  • Haggis - One of Scotland's most famous traditional dishes, haggis is made using a sheep's heart, liver and lungs (collectively known as the "pluck"), minced (ground), and mixed with oatmeal, onions, suet, spices and stock, and then boiled in the sheep's stomach.

  • Cock-a-leekie soup - A Scottish soup made from potato, leek and chicken stock.

  • Welsh rarebit (sometimes called "Welsh rabbit") - Grated cheese mixed with beer, milk and butter, and then spread on toast and grilled (broiled).

  • Spotted dick - A steamed pudding made from dried fruit (especially raisins) in dough. Served hot, usually with custard.

  • Apple Crumble - This is quick to prepare but tasty pie-like dessert. It is made from apples and sugar (sometimes flavored with spices such as cinnamon) covered with a loose layer of sweet pastry. This is placed in a oven-proof dish and placed in the oven and baked until the pastry turns golden brown. Apple crumble is normally eaten with custard, but it delicious with cream or ice cream as well. Other fruits can be used as well (or instead), to make dishes such as apple and blackberry crumble, blackberry crumble, or rhubarb crumble (made using sticks of rhubarb).

  • Bakewell tart - A pastry shell spread with with jam (fruit preserve), and then filled with a sponge-like filling.

    Bakewell tart

  • Mince pies - A traditional dish eaten at Christmas. Mince pies are a sweet pastry, nowadays filled with a mixture of dried and chopped fruits and nuts in suet, brandy or rum, but historically filled with spiced meat and ground dried fruit. They are traditionally accompanied with brandy butter.

  • Christmas pudding - Another dessert traditionally eaten at Christmas, Christmas pudding is a steam dessert made with dried fruit, nuts and suet, and soaked in brandy or other alcoholic beverages. Like mince pies, Christmas pudding is traditionally eaten accompanied by brandy butter.
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Traditional Old English (British) Recipes (Traditional Old English Recipes) (Volume 1)

By Bettina Thomas-Smith

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Paperback (34 pages)

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Traditional Old English (British) Recipes As a Brit transplanted in Canada, my spirit will always reach back to my roots. That is where Traditional English Recipes has played a huge role in our life. While these recipes may be straightforward, they are delicious. From Christmas Pudding to Fish & Chips, main courses to desserts and everything in between, with a little imagination you too can make them your own! This cookbook (as with all my subsequent books) has a special purpose. It is to make a difference. There are several charities that have a special place in my heart. Each book that I write will go to different organizations that rely on our help to succeed. That is why a portion of the proceeds from my “cook books” are going to be donated to the Cancer Society and to Food Banks, my Natural Dog Biscuit Recipe Books will donate to Humane Societies and Shelters, my Children’s books will go to Children’s Hospitals and Ronald McDonald House, etc.. Thank you kindly for taking a moment to leave a positive review, your support is greatly appreciated. This book is the first in the Traditional Old English (British) Recipes Series. Coming soon: Traditional Old English (British) Recipes – All Things Beef Traditional Old English (British) Recipes – All Things Pork Traditional Old English (British) Recipes – All things Game & Fowl Traditional Old English (British) Recipes – Soup of the Day Traditional Old English (British) Recipes – Hello Puddin! Traditional Old English (British) Recipes – Vegetarian Dishes Traditional Old English (British) Recipes – Cheese & Egg Traditional Old English (British) Recipes – Saucy Savouries Traditional Old English (British) Recipes – Pastry & Sweet Dishes

Recipes: The Cooking of the British Isles (Foods of the World)

By By the Editors of Time-life Books

Time-life Books
Spiral-bound (104 pages)

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Part of Foods of the World. The contents include: How to Prepare and Seal Canning Jars; Preserves; Vegetables and Pickles; Cheese; Breads, Buns and Cakes; Fish; Meat, Poultry and Game; Savory Puddings and Pies; Sweet Puddings and Pies; Sauces.

Classic Scottish Recipes (Classic British Recipes Book 1)

By Dyfed Lloyd Evans

Released: 2012-11-21
Kindle Edition (423 pages)

Classic Scottish Recipes (Classic British Recipes Book 1)
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Traditional Scottish recipes presented for the modern cook. Over 450 classic Scottish recipes taken from every region of Scotland. Also included is a chapter on Hogmanay, with history and traditions and 33 additional foods for Hogmanay as well as 34 recipes for cocktails that can be serve for Hogmanay. There is a whole chapter on Burns Night, including history, how to conduct a Burns Supper and links to recipes suitable for a Burns Night meal.

The book is divided into chapters that take you all the way through a Scottish meal, from soups through starters, main courses, desserts, cakes, breads, biscuits (cookies), sauces, drinks and jams and jellies. The entire breadth of Scottish cookery is covered. This is the most comprehensive collection of traditional Scottish dishes available.

Great British Cooking: A Well-kept Secret

By Jane Garmey

William Morrow Cookbooks
Released: 1992-05-06
Paperback (320 pages)

Great British Cooking: A Well-kept Secret
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This book is a revelation to Americans who have never tasted real Cornish Pasties, Scotch Woodcock (a splendid version of scrambled eggs) or Brown Bread Ice Cream. From the sumptuous breakfasts that made England famous to the steamed puddings, trifles, meringues and syllabubs that are still renowned, no aspect of British cooking is overlooked. Soups, fish, meat and game, vegetables, sauces, high teas, scones, crumpets, hot cross buns, savories, preserves and sweets of all kinds are here in clear, precise recipes with ingredients and utensils translated into American terms.

Easy English Cookbook (English Cookbook, English Recipes, English Cooking, British Recipes, British Cooking, British Cookbook, British Cooking 1)

By Chef Maggie Chow

Released: 2015-10-16
Kindle Edition (98 pages)

Easy English Cookbook (English Cookbook, English Recipes, English Cooking, British Recipes, British Cooking, British Cookbook, British Cooking 1)
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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and also of Great Food! These are the Easiest and Most Elegant of English Dishes...

Get your copy of the best and most unique English recipes from Chef Maggie Chow!

Enjoy these dishes when the forecast calls for rain because they will taste 10x better. You will learn many of the English Classics like Bangers and Mash, Indian Inspired Breakfast, Authentic Pot Pies, and elegant English Desserts.

The staple foods of an English diet are quite easy to make and surprisingly tasty. The Easy English Cookbook is a Saturday trip to England without the expensive plane tickets.

There is something for everyone in this cookbook and even the picky eaters will have nothing to complain about. You will need about an hour and a half to get most of these dishes done and when you are finished you will have a good time trying authentic English cuisine.

You have not tried it all until you have tried these great and easy English dishes!

Here is a Preview of the Recipes You Will Learn:

  • Hot Pots
  • Finnish Puff Pastry Dinner
  • Classical English Scones
  • English Trifles (Layered Cakes)
  • Bangers and Mash
  • Much, much more!

Pick up this cookbook today and get ready to make some interesting and great tasting English recipes!

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Great British Bake Off: Everyday: Over 100 Foolproof Bakes

By Linda Collister

BBC Digital
Released: 2013-08-02
Kindle Edition (320 pages)

Great British Bake Off: Everyday: Over 100 Foolproof Bakes
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This book is for the baker who wants to whip up a cake for an office party, traybake for a kid’s birthday or pudding to follow a simple supper. Using straightforward, easy-to-follow techniques, there are foolproof recipes for cakes, traybakes, bread, biscuits, tarts, pies, puddings and desserts.

If you are a confident baker or ready to move onto the next stage, each chapter also showcases the best recipes from the series – Mary and Paul's Signature Bakes, Technical Challenges and Showstoppers, plus the best bakers' recipes from series 4.

There are step-by-step photographs to guide you through the more complicated techniques and beautiful photography throughout, making this the perfect gift for all bakers.

The finalists' recipes will be available after the final has transmitted in October. For more information go to:

Traditional British Scone Recipes (Traditional British Recipes Book 3)

By Jane Romsey

Released: 2012-05-21
Kindle Edition (36 pages)

Traditional British Scone Recipes (Traditional British Recipes Book 3)
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The Great British Scone; once tasted, never forgotten. Plain, unadorned and simple, scones are a quintessential part of the British way of life. If the only scone you have ever tasted was bought in a cafe or bakery, then you are in for a treat when you taste the real thing. Home baked perfection. 

Sweet or savory scones can be made quickly and easily and they are delicious both hot or cold.


Basic Plain Scones
Basic Tea Scones
Buttermilk Scones
Currant Scones
Treacle Scones
Apple Scones
Walnut and Raisin Scones
Cheese Scones
Potato Scones
Cheddar and Chive Scones
Soured Cream Scones
Strawberry Yoghurt Scones
Orange and Cherry Scones
Honey Scones

Air Fryer Cookbook: Best American & British Air Fryer Recipes for your Easy Life

By Mr Colin Rivera

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Air Fryer Cookbook: Best American & British Air Fryer Recipes for your Easy Life
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Is there any way to cook delicious and healthy fried dishes without oil? Absolutely!

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The Really Quite Good British Cookbook: The Food We Love from 100 of Our Best Chefs, Cooks, Bakers and Local Heroes

Released: 2017-03-21
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What do you cook for the people you love? Asked this question, 100 of Britain’s food heroes have shared their most beloved recipes to make this extraordinary cookbook. Nigella Lawson divulges how to bake her Chocolate Guinness Cake and Rick Stein fries up Shrimp & Dill Fritters with Ouzo. Yotam Ottolenghi would serve Pea & Mint Croquettes and for Jamie Oliver, an unrivalled Fantastic Fish Pie. These are just a few of the incredible recipes provided by the best and brightest on the British food scene, including chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay, Delia Smith, James Martin, Nigel Slater, Thomasina Miers, Mark Hix, Jason Atherton, Marco Pierre White, Claudia Roden and more.

Compiled by award-winning food editor and author William Sitwell, The Really Quite Good British Cookbook is keenly anticipated and a stunning object in its own right. Ultimately it is a celebration of the breadth, creativity and richness of Britain’s unique food culture.

Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets

By Love Productions

BBC Digital
Released: 2011-10-18
Kindle Edition (320 pages)

Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets
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This delightful cookbook takes you through the baking challenges from the second series of the Great British Bake Off and shows you how to achieve baking perfection. Throughout the book, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are on hand with practical tips to help you bake perfect cakes, biscuits, breads, pastries, pies and teatime treats every time, as well as showing you how to tackle their 'technical challenges', as seen on the show.

There are more than 120 baking recipes in this book, including traditional British bakes and imaginative twists using classic ingredients, as well as the best contestant recipes from the series. There is plenty to challenge keen bakers here, from brandy snaps to elaborate pastries, pavlovas to iced celebration cakes, and with a sensuous and yet practical design and full-colour, step-by-step photography, this really will become the baking book that you will turn to for years to come.


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