The greatest British desserts of all time

British food includes some incredible dishes such as the Sunday Roast, a good old fish and chip takeaway or perhaps the delights of toad in the hole with some lovely creamy mashed potatoes. But after you have finished your meal what dessert choices do you have? Well if you are looking for something traditionally British and incredible in flavour then there are a whole host of desserts available to you. Pastry chefs, bakers and dessert professionals will utilise the Commercial Combination Oven that they have access to in the professional kitchen. However, the dessert suggestions given below don’t need to be cooked using a Commercial Combination Oven you can use your standard domestic oven to produce great results.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake – this is a delicious cake made with the addition of pineapple rings and glace cherries with a beautiful sweet syrup that soaks into the sponge mixture along with the flavour from the pineapples. The cake rises to the size of one layer of a traditional layer cake (like a Victoria sponge). The cake (as the name would suggest) is baked upside down with the pineapples and cherries placed in before the cake batter is poured on top. The cake is then tipped out the right way up. It is important that your cake tin or bowl that you are using is greased well enough that the pineapple rings do not stick.


Arctic Roll – this ice cream and swiss roll combination brings back memories for many adults either of school dinners or Sunday afternoons when an arctic roll would often be brought out following a roast dinner. Arctic rolls look incredible complicated to make but they are in fact incredibly simple. They are essentially made up of a sponge mix, strawberry jam and some smooth vanilla ice cream. The key to a good arctic roll is in the shaping of the swiss roll cake and the quick freezing of the dessert once all the elements are assembled together.

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Fruit Crumble – Crumble is another classic dessert and you can create one from almost any fruit you choose. The classics include apple, apple and blackberry and summer fruit but you could make a crumble from peaches or cherries or perhaps strawberries. The choice really is yours. A good crumble is a much about the filling as it is about the crunchy topping. A crumble top that is over cooked becomes difficult to eat and the oats tend to pick up a burnt flavour and an under cooked toping can be chewy in the mouth. The only other thing you need to take into consideration is whether to serve your crumble with custard, cream or ice-cream!