Britain’s 4 Favourite Puddings

Here are Britain’s 4 Favourite Puddings. What’s not to love about puddings? And, as we celebrate British Pudding Day on Thursday, 4 November, along with National Roast Dinner Day, let’s enjoy them all!

Lauren Plummer

The word ‘pudding’ comes from the lower classes who enjoyed plain and simple desserts after their main courses, for example rice pudding. Puddings date back to the 1300s, and you can still find recipes that are over 200 years old.

Puddings are usually associated with sweet, after meal courses, however you can also enjoy them during your main meal, for example Yorkshire Puddings. Yorkshire Puddings are said to have come from the North West of England, even though we know them as Yorkshire by name. Sorry to all the Yorkshire people, we have to tell you this was not where they originally came from!

Along with the Yorkshire pudding you can also enjoy Black pudding. This is also a savoury pudding, but you enjoy it with a full English breakfast. Black pudding was first created as early as 800 BC, and and is made from pig’s blood. Pudding originally meant that it was savoury and was a sausage-like product, often filled with suet or other meats. The cook would then boil, bake or steam them, ready to be eaten.

British pudding day isn’t just made for one specific pudding, there are many varieties of traditional puddings, for example:

Apple Crumble

Our first pudding is apple crumble. Even though apple crumble came after apple pie it is still one of Britain’s most favourite pudding. It was first made in World War Two as an alternative to apple pie. There are many different ways to enjoy crumble, with custard, cream or even ice cream. All these options make the apple crumble even better!

Lots of restaurants will offer apple crumble as they know it will be very popular. Apple crumble is even more favourable than the apple pie itself. These days  people are adding in extra types of fruit or making different variations of this pudding, with their own twists. For instance, people are making rhubarb and apple crumble, so the crumble trend is spreading with people changing it in all different ways.

 Jam Roly-Poly

The second very famous pudding is jam roly-poly. Also known as Dead Man’s Arm or Dead Man’s Leg!

It gets its name this because the jam-filled suet pudding was wrapped in an old shirt whilst it was steamed. A lady named Eliza Acton created  the Jam Roly-Poly as well as one of Britain’s first ever cookery books.

This pudding is currently going head-to-head against apple crumble to see which is Britain’s favourite pudding. A jam roly-poly and a swiss roll are very similar in look, however there is a small difference. Swiss Roll is made from sponge cake while jam roly-poly is made from a suet pudding. Not everyone adds strawberry jam to their jam roly-poly, some choose marmalade or other flavours, like raspberry or blackcurrant. A lemon jam roly-poly is also hopping in on the trend.

Yorkshire Pudding

Although Yorkshire Pudding Day is celebrated on the 13 of October, people in Britain still like to enjoy them as a dessert. Yorkshire puddings were first discovered in 1714.  We did not originally call them Yorkshires as they did not originate from the county.

Nobody really knows where they came from to start off with, however the name first appeared in the book ‘The Art of Cookery Made Simple’. It is usual for people to eat these puddings with a roast dinner or with gravy, however you can also eat them with cranberry sauce or apple sauce. These are the sweeter options which makes them more like a pudding than a savoury Yorkshire Pudding. Yorkshire Puddings were originally called dripping puddings, because they were made from the dripping from meat when cooked over an open fire.

Eton Mess

Eton Mess is a traditional meringue dessert which was first announced in 1893. The pudding consists of meringue, strawberries and whipped cream. It is commonly believed that its name originated from the school name ‘Eton College’. The college served the pudding to the pupils after an annual cricket match. This match only went on between the pupils themselves, but the news about this creation spread rapidly around the country and is now another of Britain’s favourite puddings. Eton Mess is another pudding people like to change to add their own twist, to make it their own personal preference.


And finally …

These are just a few of Britain’s favourite puddings, there are many, many more savoury and sweet options or in some cases both. Britain’s all-time favourite pudding is the apple crumble, however it is in close competition with the jam roly-poly. Do you have a favourite?

If you don’t like cooking head to one of the lovely local eaters like ARTea Room. Make sure you try at least one of their delicious choice of puddings.

Click to find out more about some of our favourite puddings the ARTea Room, Potterspury.