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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 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.

Recipes:-

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

The Great British Baking Cookbook: 30 Traditional Baking Recipes for Bakers of All Abilities

By Martha Stephenson

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (104 pages)

The Great British Baking Cookbook: 30 Traditional Baking Recipes for Bakers of All Abilities
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The British Isles have a rich and long (and scrumptious!) baking history, full of traditional delights, ranging from Scottish shortbread to an ever-so-English Bakewell tart.

With these recipes, you'll be able to perfect your baking skills and become a baker just as good as any Great British grandma!

With recipes for summery delights, like a citrus Madeira cake; to mince pies, the perfect winter warmer, there's a Great British baking recipe for all occasions.

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: www.bakeoffbook.co.uk.

Great British Cooking: A Well-kept Secret

By Jane Garmey

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

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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.

Jamie Oliver's Great Britain

By Jamie Oliver

Brand: Hyperion
Released: 2012-10-02
Hardcover (416 pages)

Jamie Oliver s Great Britain
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Having grown up in his parents' gastropub, Jamie Oliver has always had a special place in his heart for British cooking. And in recent years there's been an exciting revolution in the British food world in general. English chefs, producers, and artisans are retracing old recipes, rediscovering quality ingredients, and focusing on simplicity and quality. Jamie celebrates the best of the old and new (including classic British immigrant food) in his first cookbook focused on England.

Here are over 130 great, easy-to-prepare recipes, ranging from salads-Heavenly Salmon and Epic Roast Chicken; to puddings-Rhubarb and Rice Pudding and Citrus Cheesecake Pots; to Sunday lunch-Guinness Lamb Shanks and Roast Quail Skewers; and, of course, the crumbliest scones. America has already fallen for the new British gastropub cooking, with popular restaurants by chefs such as April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig and the John Dory. Now Jamie shows how to make the same delicious food at home. This is definitely not your grandmother's mushy peas!

Traditional British Cooking: Simple Recipes for Classic British Food

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Sample the best of British with this one-stop guide to traditional British fare. Pies, roasts, casseroles, and teatime treats--all the old favorites are here. Take inspiration from Soups, Appetizers, and Snacks, and make a Leek and Potato Soup to warm you up on a cold winter's day. Tuck into an authentic Fish Supper from the Fish chapter or create a hearty entree from Poultry and Game. For an unbeatable Meat dinner, devote some time to making Rolled Pork Roast. No wholesome meal would be complete without something On the Side, such as crunchy Roast Potatoes or Yorkshire Puddings. End your authentic dinner with a comforting Bread and Butter Pudding from the Desserts chapter. Then for Teatime--the epitome of British culinary tradition--make some Scones with Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam. *Simple recipes for classic British comfort food-a style of foood that's definitely back in fashion. *Includes recipes for Pantry essentials, such as Plum Chutney and Lemon Curd.

British Cookbook

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Classic Scottish Recipes (Classic British Recipes Book 1)

By Dyfed Lloyd Evans

Nemeton
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.


 
 
 

 
 
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