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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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Recipes: The Cooking of the British Isles

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Recipes: The Cooking of the British Isles Foods of the World TIME LIFE BOOKS CONTENTS: 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 Index A random sample of recipe titles included: Apple Chutney Green-Tomato Chutney Cheese Straws - Cheese-Flavored Pastry Sticks Glamorgan Sausages - Fried Cheese Croquettes Dundee Cake Irish Christmas Cake Poached Haddock with Parsley Sauce Soused Mackerel Irish Stew Deviled Kidneys Toad-in-the-Hole - Sausages Baked in Batter Rabbit Stew Forcemeat Balls Eel Pie Cornish Pasty Short-Crust Pastry Apple Dumplings Mince Pies

Great British Cooking: A Well-kept Secret

By Jane Garmey

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Released: 1992-05-06
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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.

Great British Bake Off: Christmas (The Great British Bake Off)

By Lizzie Kamenetzky

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Released: 2014-11-21
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Christmas is a time of friends and family. Of anticipation and excitement. Of good times—and, of course, great food. This book celebrates everything surrounding Christmas with 100 delicious bakes for the festive season, as well as dishes for the big day itself. Whip up tempting Christmas nibbles like Mini Potato Farls with Smoked Salmon, or Parmesan Palmiers, perfect for a party. Spice up your home—and get the kids involved, too—with Gingerbread Tree Ornaments and a Cinnamon Christmas Wreath. And, of course, there are plenty of delicious ideas for what to do with all those leftovers. Each chapter also includes spectacular recipes from Bake Off finalists, and Mary and Paul reveal the secrets to those classic Christmas dishes—whether it's Paul's perfect mince pies or Mary's ultimate Christmas pudding. Packed with everything from edible decorations and delicious gifts to party dishes and showstopping centerpieces, this book is the perfect Christmas companion.

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

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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.

Traditional British Cooking: Simple Recipes for Classic British Food

By Susannah Blake

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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.

Cooking with Mary Berry

By Mary Berry

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150 everyday recipe favorites from the star judge of the ABC series The Great Holiday Baking Show and the PBS series The Great British Baking Show.

Cooking with Mary Berry covers a broad selection of recipes—brunch ideas, soups, salads, appetizers, mains, sides, and desserts—drawing on Mary's more than 60 years in the kitchen. Many, like her French Onion Soup, Steak Diane, and Cinnamon Rolls, are familiar classics, but all have been adapted to follow Mary's prescription for dishes that are no-fuss, practical, and foolproof. Step-by-step instructions, tips, and tricks make following in the footsteps of Britain's favorite chef easy, and full-color photographs of finished dishes provide inspiration along the way.

Perfect for cooks who are just starting out—and anyone who loves Mary Berry—the straightforward yet special recipes in Cooking with Mary Berry will prove, as one reviewer has said of her recipes, "if you can read, you can cook."

The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking

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A beautiful, fully photographic cookbook of 120 original recipes from both the judges and the bakers of the much-loved BBC1 series

The ultimate guide to baking whether a complete novice or a well-practiced home cook, this book is for every baker. Using easy-to-follow techniques, there are reliable recipes for biscuits, bread, large and small cakes, sweet pastry and patisserie, savory pastry, puddings, and desserts. Each chapter transports the reader on set and showcases the best recipes from the challenges including Mary and Paul's Signature Bakes, Technical Challenges and Showstoppers, plus the best bakers' recipes from the show. There are step-by-step photographs to help guide readers through the more complicated techniques and stunning photography throughout, making this the perfect gift for all bakers and Bake Off fans.

Traditional British Jubilee Recipes.: Mouthwatering recipes for traditional British cakes, puddings, scones and biscuits. 78 recipes in total.

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Traditional British Jubilee Recipes. Collection of traditional British recipes for cakes, puddings, scones and biscuits. There are a total of 78 recipes. Includes full conversion charts and also oven temperatures chart. Crumpets Victoria Sandwich Sponge Cake Honey and Orange Tea Loaf Cut and Come Again Cake Rock Cakes or Buns Moist Lemon Cake Raspberry Buns Paradise Cake Marmalade Cake Oatmeal Gingerbread Marmalade and Ginger Slice Traditional British Christmas Cake Battenberg Cake British Fairy Cakes Never-Fail Boiled Fruit Cake Parkin Tantallon Cakes Madeira Cake Tea Fruit Cake Seed Cake Eccles Cakes Very Proper English Custard Spotted Dick Bakewell Pudding Treacle Tart Apple Crumble Jam Roly-Poly Manchester Tart British Sticky Toffee Pudding Chocolate Fudge Pudding Traditional English Sherry Trifle Bread Pudding Glastonbury Pudding Bread and Butter Pudding Figgy Pudding Marmalade Pudding Belvoir House Pudding Ginger and Pear Upside-down Pudding Traditional Rice Pudding Chester Pudding Steamed Syrup Sponge Pudding Monmouth Pudding Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding 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 Dropped Scones Digestives Gingernuts Flapjacks Shrewsbury Biscuits Ayrshire Shortbread Almond Shortbread Petticoat Tails Garibaldi Biscuits Cornish Fairings Abernethy Biscuits Jam Thumb Biscuits Bourbon Biscuits Custard Creams Anzac Biscuits Treacle Bites Rich Tea Biscuits Savory Cheesy Biscuits Coffee Biscuits Arrowroot Biscuits Jammie Dodgers


 
 
 

 
 
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