Recipes from Britain

Lemon Crunch Bundt Cake

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:56
Lemon Crunch Bundt Cake

I love lemon cakes!  They are quite common in England; you will see them in bakeries, displayed on afternoon tea trays and at tea parties.  Lemon Drizzle Cake is popular too in this country but I really like to put a little crunch into my cakes sometimes, like the Apple Streusel cupcakes I made recently. So, I decided to put the same streusel I used on this lemon Bundt cake and it turned out so moist inside and yet crunchy on top.  A perfect combination if you ask me. I was in heaven, and so was the hubby!



Chilled Berries with White Chocolate Sauce

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 06/06/2015 - 12:35
Chilled berries with white chocolate sauce

This is a very simple recipe from The Ivy restaurant in London.  It’s catching on fast in the UK and is starting to spread to quite a few restaurants.  Next time you’re in London why not pop into The Ivy and order a sweet treat after lunch – or make it yourself! It really is fast and simple...and VERY, VERY delicious - perfect for your waistline!













Potato Salad

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 06/01/2015 - 15:02
Potato Salad

There are so many variations to the potato salad in Europe – the one that surprised me most was German Potato Salad, it took me a while to get used to that taste.

Raspberry-Swirl Pound Cake

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:25
Raspberry-Swirl Pound Cake

In England, baking is done by the metric system.  Everything is weighed in measurements.  A pound cake refers to a type of cake traditionally made with a pound of each of the main four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs and sugar. However, any cake made with a 1:1:1:1 ratio of flour, butter, eggs, and sugar may also be called a pound cake, as it yields the same results.

Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:56
Hot Cross Buns

Growing up, our mum would always bake Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday. So did just about every family in England. It’s been a tradition since the 12th century when a monk was the first person to mark the bun with a cross. It soon spread across England and became a symbol of the Easter weekend.

Old English Bread and Butter Pudding

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:45
Bread and Butter Pudding
Bread Pudding

Do you know the difference between Bread and Butter Pudding and Bread Pudding?

A Full English Breakfast

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:32

This is the famous full English breakfast.  When staying at a Bed and Breakfast or hotel in England, this is the typical breakfast that is offered.  Although, nowadays they also offer some healthy choices too like fruit, yoghurt, cereal etc.   The back bacon’ and sausage is hard to come by in America, my local British shop sells back bacon but rarely the pork sausages, so I had to make do with what I could find.  Everything is pretty much fried, sometimes people like to fry their bread too, but usually you’ll find it toasted only and maybe som

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 02/04/2015 - 08:27
Lemon Drizzle Cake

There’s nothing like a delicious refreshing slice of cake like lemon drizzle cake.  This is a very popular cake in England and is called DRIZZLE because the cake is poked with a skewer and the glaze drizzles and soaks through the cake.  It’s so delicious, serve it warm or cold.  It’s a perfect delicacy for afternoon tea!

Raspberry-Chocolate Bread Pudding

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:43
Raspberry Chocolate Bread Pudding

In 11th century England, bread pudding was known as ‘Poor man’s pudding’, being a popular dish for the lower class, they just couldn’t let stale bread go to waste.


Suzy Rhodes Sat, 01/17/2015 - 09:35
Scottish Rumbledethumps

I love the name of this dish, it really got my attention.  Where on earth did that name come from?  Apparently, ‘rumbledethumps’ comes from the Scottish Borders.  The dish was nicknamed from the noise the tatties and cabbage make as they are battered about in the dish with a wooden spoon.  I can so relate to ‘name giving’, the Brits are so good at it – but I don’t think I would ever have thought of this name.  I love it!

Scottish Cranachan With a Wee Twist

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:00
Scottish Cranachan

I grew up in a Scottish town (yes, in England)… in the 60’s Scotland had a bad recession and numerous Scots came down to this town because of the British Steel Works that had opened up and many jobs were available.  So a lot of my childhood friends were from Scotland.  Anyway, I had heard about Cranachan growing up but never really knew what it was until a friend of mine who lives just outside Edinburgh was telling me how to make it. 

Old English Fudge

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 12/27/2014 - 09:49
Old English Fudge

Fudge is a delicious sweet treat made from milk, butter and sugar and comes in all kinds of forms nowadays.  It’s a very typical British treat, you can find thousands of Fudge shops all over Britain. Simple Fudge has been an easy recipe to make for hundreds of years because of its basic ingredients.  This recipe has white chocolate added to it, which is only one of many variations to Old English Fudge.













Scottish Dundee Slab Cake

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 12/22/2014 - 11:22
Dundee Slab Cake

When the Christmas pudding was created hundreds of years ago, other similar cakes began to form around Britain that mainly contained fruits and some nuts.  There are many types of Christmas cakes nowadays with different textures, flavors and styles, British homes have at least one which keeps the tradition going.  This Dundee cake is a favorite of mine because it has a lighter texture than some of the other heavy Christmas cakes.  These cakes can also be bought in shops or ordered online.






Mince Pies

Suzy Rhodes Sun, 12/21/2014 - 08:42
British Mince Pies

Take a bite out of history!

Butterbeer Cookies

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:54
Butterbeer Cookies

Our family was Harry Potter fans the whole time our kids were growing up – how could we not be?  Our kids grew up with Harry Potter; we visited Harry Potter sites in England, went to every movie, read every book, had HP birthday parties, Santa made sure there were Harry Potter stocking stuffers and watched Harry Potter movies every Christmas.  We continue this tradition ever since Christmas Eve 2001 when the first Harry Potter movie came out in England and we were over there visiting family for Christmas.  Now it just wouldn’t seem like Christ

Jam Tarts

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:36
British Jam Tarts

When I was growing up, Jam Tarts were made from left over pastry, which happened a lot because we made pies quite often.  Jam Tarts are served at teatime as well as other pastries, cakes and sandwiches.  At Christmas Jam Tarts are part of the occasion along with mince pies, cakes, biscuits and other British sweets. 











This recipe makes around 45 Jam Tarts

British Christmas Pudding

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:41
British Christmas Pudding
British Christmas Pudding



















FYI - In England ‘pudding’ means dessert.

British Christmas pudding not only has quite a history to its name, but it also has a fascinating traditional way of making this rich fruity cake.  

English Creamy Fudge

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:34
English Creamy Fudge

Fudge is a delicious sweet treat made from milk, butter and sugar and comes in all kinds of forms nowadays.  It’s a very typical British treat, you can find thousands of Fudge shops all over Britain.  In some areas of England they are very famous for their fudge – like Cornwall (there’s nothing like Cornish fudge) and if you happen to go on a holiday to Cornwall you will be buying Cornish fudge by the boxes – trust me.

British White Chocolate Cran-Orange Cookies

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:50
White Chocolate Cran-Orange Cookies

The British love to use fruit in their Christmas cakes and cookies.  Here is a delicious Christmas cookie recipe from England full of a zesty orange taste with cranberries and chocolate.  It’s so quick and easy to make and tastes delicious.  My husband LOVES these special Christmas treats.












This recipe makes 12 cookies.

Toffee Apples

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 11/06/2014 - 15:04
Toffee Apples

Toffee Apples vs. Caramel Apples

Another popular treat for Guy Fawkes Night is toffee apples, also known as candy apples in the U.S.  I can guarantee you that many British kids had their teeth biting into the ever delicious and popular toffee apple last night.  Toffee apples are also very popular at seaside towns all over Britain too. In the United States the caramel apple is a popular fall treat when all the apples are harvested and baking is done.  

Bonfire Chili

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:24

Remember, remember the 5th of November

The Gunpowder Treason and plot ;

I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

Hunter's Chicken

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 10/02/2014 - 21:15
Hunter's Chicken

Last summer, while visiting the beautiful town of Shakespeare - Stratford-Upon-Avon, we dined at The Rose and Crown pub and I ordered a delicious Hunter’s Chicken.  After taking that first bite I was in heaven, the chicken was so moist and full of flavor I just knew I had to try making it when I got home.  After doing a little research on this classic dish I was quite surprised I hadn’t had this before – well, I’d had bacon wrapped chicken in tomato sauce before, but this was something more…. So rich in flavor and just divine. 


Suzy Rhodes Sat, 09/27/2014 - 08:26

Toad-in-the-hole is a famous British pub grub and actually dates back as early as 1861 from a recipe by Charles Elme Franatelli who used leftover meat, not just sausages in his dish. Spam was used in place of sausages during WWII – another wartime variation which is also popular today. The name basically derived from the looks of the dish, a toad sticking its head out of a hole, apparently, I don’t think mine does it justice.  These sausages baked in Yorkshire pudding batter are usually served with vegetables and onion gravy!

Scottish Shortbread

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:56
Scottish Shortbread

Several months ago, a friend asked me if I’d ever made Shortbread and wanted a good recipe for it.  I had to answer NO!  This is because I only ever eat Shortbread at Christmas and just buy it, why should I make it?  But with the Scottish referendum going on this week, I gave it a try. I experimented with a recipe I found but didn’t like it; it wasn’t buttery or light enough.  So I contacted my Scottish friend, Andrew and he came to the rescue!

Lancashire Hotpot

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 09/11/2014 - 23:01
Lancashire Hotpot

Lancashire – LAN-ca-sheer


Banana Bread Muffins

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:58
Banana Bread Muffins

I’m sure banana bread must be made in just about every country. It’s simple, delicious and a great way to use those bananas that have gone bad. In fact, the browner they are, the tastier the bread.  I love making banana muffins because they are crispy on the edge, just the way I like them, it's the lemon juice in this recipe that helps make them crispy. My kids love it when I put chocolate chips in them too – can’t go wrong with chocolate and bananas!


British Beef Stew

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:22
English Beef Stew

I always loved a bowl of hot stew during England’s cold, dark winters.  A touch of Worcestershire sauce would spice it up along with some warm homemade rolls, mmmm…delicious! There’s nothing better to come home to when you’re cold and wet. I know what you’re thinking…it’s summer right now and NO I didn’t make this recently, I made it last winter and took pictures then.  Just remember this recipe when winter hits, your family will love you for it. It warms you up and life feels good.  

Welsh Pancakes or Crempog

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 08/05/2014 - 22:16
Welsh Pancakes

Crempog or Ffroes


This traditional Welsh Pancake dates back to the 1800’s; they were a big part of afternoon tea to welcome visitors. Crempog are unlike the English pancakes (crepes) or the smaller Scottish pancakes; they are thicker and usually served with butter, jam, bananas, syrup or chocolate to sweeten it up. They are particularly popular on Shrove Tuesday, St. David’s Day (1st March) Guy Fawkes Night (5th November) and on Birthdays.

Cauliflower Cheese

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:56
Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower Cheese is a traditional British dish and has been around since the 17th century. It’s usually served with a Sunday roast but is also popular as a main course for lunch or dinner. It’s important to use the right cheese and mustard to get that rich rewarding taste. I was always in heaven when my mum would make this with our Sunday roast; it was one of my favorite dishes. She never used breadcrumbs, I have since added that.  When I place that fork in my mouth, memories of my childhood come flooding back!

Fish and Chips

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 06/28/2014 - 15:20
Fish and Chips


A little history

Beef Stew in Yorkshire Pudding

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 06/24/2014 - 23:51
Beef Stew in Yorkshire Pudding

Pudding in England actually means dessert, however Yorkshire pudding is not a dessert in this case. Try not to get too confused.  Until the late 18th century pudding was a meat/sausage based food – like Black Pudding (sausage fried until it’s dark in color). Yorkshire pudding is traditionally served with roast beef, and can be cooked in one large pan or mini muffin pans (known as popovers).

Cornflake Crackles

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 06/21/2014 - 10:02
Chocolate Crunchies














In the original recipe book these were called Chocolate Crunchies, somehow our family managed to change the name! This is such an easy and fast recipe, even children can make it for a quick put together snack.  Many people make ‘chocolate crunchies’ with coconut or nuts or candy bars chopped up, but growing up this is all we did, a quick and simple snack.

Coronation Chicken

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:35
Coronation Chicken

Coronation Chicken was created by Constance Spry back in 1953 for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation lunch. This chicken salad is very similar to Jubilee Chicken that was made for George V in 1935 when the country celebrated his Silver Jubilee.  Since the Queen’s coronation lunch in 1953, this chicken recipe has been known as Coronation Chicken.

Fluffy Chocolate Brownie

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 06/07/2014 - 00:00
Fluffy Chocolate Brownie

We always made brownies from scratch when I was growing up, there was no such thing as brownies in a box.  Since then I have discovered that there are all types of versions to homemade brownies nowadays, especially in England.  Here’s one I found when I was visiting my homeland! Enjoy!

Cottage Pie

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 06/04/2014 - 20:32
Cottage Pie

Cottage pie or Shepherd's pie? There is a difference between the two and it all has to do with the type of meat you use. In the late 18th century Great Britain was introduced to the potato, a crop that was perfect for the poor people who lived in cottages out in the countryside. Potatoes became an everyday food and Cottage Pie was usually leftover meat and mashed potato from the day before, no matter what type of meat you used.

Banoffee Pie

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 05/24/2014 - 10:30
Banoffee Pie

What do you get when you mix bananas and toffee together?

Banoffee Pie of course!

This English dessert dates back to 1972 when Ian Dowding and Nigel McKenzie created the popular combination.  Chef and owner of 'The Hungry Monk' in East Sussex, where they began serving the dessert, remembers it being so popular they couldn't ever take it off the menu.

Blueberry-Lemon Scones

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:53
Blueberry-Lemon Scones

Afternoon Tea or High Tea?

St. Clement's Pie

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 05/17/2014 - 00:31
St. Clement's Pie

Oranges and Lemons

Whenever I make St. Clement’s Pie, I can’t help but think of the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’….say the bells of St. Clements”. It is after all, made with oranges and lemons and is a totally refreshing and delicious pie. Try having only one piece!

Beef Wellington

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 05/14/2014 - 07:56
Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington is said to be named after the 1st Duke of Wellington (Arthur Wellesley) who defeated Napoleon Bonaparte in 1840 at the battle of Waterloo. Chefs would create dishes in honor of war heroes and Wellesley was known for his love of beef and mushrooms. However, there is no known evidence of this theory. Others think the dish was created for an event in Wellington, New Zealand, but nobody actually knows.

Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:30
Hot Cross Buns

Good Friday

Growing up, our mum would always bake Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday. So did just about every family in England. It’s been a tradition since the 12th century when a monk was the first person to mark the bun with a cross. It soon spread across England and became a symbol of the Easter weekend.

Scotch Egg

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 04/09/2014 - 08:08
Scotch Egg

The Scotch egg was created in London by a department store called Fortnum and Mason in 1738. It was meant as a portable snack for rich coach travelers, and was added to their basket of food for the road. The process of eggs rolled in sausage meat and breadcrumbs then deep fried is a method called scotching, and so we have the ‘scotch egg’.


Suzy Rhodes Thu, 04/03/2014 - 07:47

Soft and Chewy - Yummy!

This is my grandma's recipe. Whenever I make these Flapjacks, I always think of her. Obviously looking at the picture it's nothing like American Flapjacks, these are soft chewy oats and so quick and easy to make. It uses Golden Syrup which is British, so I have to go to the local British shop to buy it, however I tried light Karo Syrup and it seems to work just as well.

A Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Pudding

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 03/08/2014 - 00:05
Yorkshire Pudding

The British are known for their Sunday roast, a tradition that has been going on for hundreds of years. Even the French call the Brits ‘Rosbifs’ - (Roast Beef). The Yeoman Of The Guard (the Royal body guard of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London) has been known as Beefeaters since the 15th century, because they were fed well, compared to the peasants of those days. British beef used to be cooked over the fire for Sunday lunch; it was ready just as everyone arrived home from church services.

Welsh Cakes

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 03/01/2014 - 09:09
Welsh_ Cakes

Dydd Gwyl Dewi 1af Mawrth

St. David’s Day 1st March

English Traditional Trifle

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 09/05/2013 - 22:45
Strawberry Trifle

I love trifle and tried to make an American version of it many years ago and this is the recipe I came up with, my family have been eating it for years.