Tuck into a hearty slice of victoria sponge, an old-school bowl of apple crumble topped with custard or a summery fruit trifle. Whether you’re craving something warm and comforting or sophisticated and impressive, we have a pudding to suit. Our classic British dessert recipes are the perfect mix of light and fruity and satisfyingly stodgy.
Best British desserts
Nothing says ‘British summer time’ quite like a creamy eton mess. Layers of crunchy meringue, sweet strawberries and fresh cream are rippled together to create a quick and easy dessert in just 10 minutes. Use homemade meringues if you have time to go the extra mile. Try combining two classic sweets with our rhubarb and custard eton mess.
Follow these easy steps to get a classic jam and cream victoria sponge sandwich that is lighter than air. A slice of this simple sponge is perfect for afternoon tea or an after-dinner indulgence.
You can’t beat this classic steamed pud for a taste of nostalgia! Serve with creamy custard for a cheerful winter warmer the whole family will tuck into with gusto.
The scent of a warm sticky toffee pudding from the oven is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. Use Medjool dates if you can – they have a lovely natural toffee flavour and sticky texture. A spongey square of this comforting pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is our ideal Sunday afternoon treat.
This simple, traditional dessert is a firm family favourite and you won’t go wrong with this foolproof recipe. Serve with lashings of custard or a hearty scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Enjoy a light and airy sponge, coated in crunchy sugar and bursting with fruity jam for a vintage teatime treat. Leaving your sponge to cool while rolled up will make it easier to roll without cracking later on. Elevate this school-day favourite with a batch of homemade strawberry jam.
Try our best bread and butter pudding recipe with vanilla and sultanas. This homely English classic will put a smile on everyone’s faces. Serve with clotted cream for an extra-luxurious touchl.
Try this mash-up of two classics; rice pudding and burnt Cambridge cream. You don’t have to caramelise the top but it adds a lovely crunch.
This simple recipe for a classic treacle tart is perfect for Sunday lunch with family and friends. Make it using just five ingredients and serve with a dollop of ice cream.
Trifle is as British as an afternoon cup of tea and our seasonal version is a technicolour trip back in time. This masterful assembly job features chunks of chocolate swiss roll laced with cassis and sherry, strawberry jelly, fresh summer berries, ready-made custard, cream and the obligatory hundreds and thousands.
Create a classic British bakewell tart with step-by-step help and our expert advice. Try this recipe with other seasonal fruits such as strawberries or cherries, if you’ve mastered the traditional version. The layer of golden frangipane adds a nutty flavour to balance the sweet fruit.
We know you love this classic olive magazine recipe – it’s been one of our most popular recipes for years! Banoffee pie is a much loved family-favourite. This delicious dish is packed with banana, cream and an oaty-biscuit base, decorated with a drizzle of dark chocolate.
Take some inspiration from the allotment with our squidgy carrot cake. Everyone loves the spiced flavour of the sponge and creamy frosting. We use muscovado sugar for a rich flavour, golden sultanas and pecans for texture and a shot of syrup to sweeten the buttercream.
When the sun start shining, whip up our towering boozy knickerbocker glory with Pimm’s jelly. This will be a hit with adults! Dip the wafer in icing or melted chocolate, then in sprinkles, if you like.