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The Most Delicious Traditional British Holiday Treats

December 09, 2021
The British aren't exactly known for their food. Although London is a known 'food capital of the world,' the country's own traditional cuisine isn't exactly up to par with its European neighbors, Asian friends, or even its American counterpart. But that doesn't mean they don't have their own fair share of sweet treats, the type that will lift anyone's mood with just one bite. They're even especially good to prepare and serve on Christmas when the whole family has gathered around the dinner table. If you're in charge of preparing the holiday feast this year, consider making these British treats for your dessert!

The Most Delicious Traditional British Holiday Treats


Victoria Sponge Cake

At a glance, doesn't a Victoria Sponge Cake look like the perfect centerpiece for a decked-out Christmas dinner table? With its two high tiers of fluffy goodness, there's no way your guests' mouths won't water once they see it on the table. And you can't get any more British than a Victoria Sponge Cake. Named after Queen Victoria, the second longest-serving monarch of Britain, who was known to enjoy sandwich cakes with her afternoon tea, the dessert has become a staple in British households, especially during national holidays. And what better holiday to serve this delicious treat than Christmas day?
The Most Delicious Traditional British Holiday Treats
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English Trifle

Speaking of traditional desserts in The UK, you can't get any more English than an English trifle. It's a historic dessert that aristocratic families, both in London and in the English countryside, would serve for dessert on special occasions. Not to mention that it's also a rich, flavorful, layered treat where even just one spoonful would be more than fulfilling. Packed with as much custard, jam, cream, and ladyfingers as you can find, it's actually the rum that makes it a perfect holiday dessert. Don't worry, though an English Trifle is a mouthful even with the booze, you won't end up drunk at the end of the holiday.
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Banoffee Pie

Although Banoffee Pie has become a famous dessert all around the world, not many probably realize that it actually came from the UK. Made with toffee and bananas (hence, its name), the dessert originated in East Sussex in 1971. Nigel Mackenzie and Ian Dowding, who ran the now-closed restaurant, The Hungry Monk, accidentally ended up with the pie when they tried to take their own spins on an American recipe of Blum's Coffee Toffee Pie. From there, this treat became a sensation in the British culinary scene, eventually becoming a staple for holiday feasts.
The Most Delicious Traditional British Holiday Treats
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Sticky Toffee Pudding

Now, when it comes to toffee, you'll find that it's a confection that made its way to many traditional British desserts. One, in particular, is the famous sticky toffee pudding. Known for its thick consistency and sticky sweetness, it's a delectable treat that both adults and kids adore, especially on the holidays. But what makes such a great dessert option for Christmas dinner? It's the fact that though this pudding is rich, it's not so rich that it will overwhelm both your palate and stomach. No matter how much you are at dinner, you'll still have room for sticky toffee pudding!
The Most Delicious Traditional British Holiday Treats
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Plum Pudding

Haven't tired of pudding yet? Why not try plum pudding next? Though it's called 'plum pudding,' it doesn't actually have to include plums if you don't want to. The word 'plum' in this instance is actually a Victorian term for dried fruit. So if you want Christmas pudding to have a dried apple or dried cherry flavor this year, it's still in line with the culinary tradition. And though it's as sweet as it can be, plum pudding is more popular with adults since it's usually served with brandy. Whether you pour brand all over the pudding or you simply pair it with brandy is up to you!
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Shortbread Cookies

If plum pudding was for the adults, what about the kids? What do the little ones get for dessert this Christmas? A plate of sweet shortbread cookies! Though they're not exactly as famous as the gingerbread men, they're just as delectable. Since it's easy to make, many countries have made their own versions for their own holiday dessert traditions, the most famous which are the Americans for Thanksgiving dinner. But what many have forgotten is that shortbread cookies actually came from the Scottish, popularized by the historically infamous Mary, Queen of Scotts. Eventually, these cookies their way to British Christmas dinner tables over the years.
The Most Delicious Traditional British Holiday Treats
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There's nothing quite like a traditional British feast to indulge in for this year's Christmas dinner. Most especially when it comes to dessert. Sweet British treats are some of the best and most appropriate for the holidays!

Don't worry, all of these tasty British treats are easy to make in your kitchen in your luxury home.




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