British cuisine

British cuisine is the specific set of cooking traditions and practices associated with the United Kingdom. British cuisine has been described as "unfussy dishes made with quality local ingredients, matched with simple sauces to accentuate flavour, rather than disguise it." However, British cuisine has absorbed the cultural influence of those that have settled in Britain, producing hybrid dishes, such as the Anglo-Indian chicken tikka masala."


Bacon Sandwich

A bacon sandwich (also known in the United Kingdom, and New Zealand as a bacon butty or bacon sarnie, rasher sandwich in Ireland, and as a bacon sanger or piece ‘n bacon in Scotland) is a sandwich of cooked bacon and butter, often including ketchup or brown sauce, and usually served hot.

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Bakewell Pudding

It is so easy to make a Bakewell pudding. The pudding makes a delicious dessert and though it can be eaten as an afternoon treat, usually that will be a Bakewell Tart. Serve the pudding hot or slightly warm to enjoy the full almond flavour.

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Bangers and Mash (aka Sausage and Mash)

Bangers and Mash is the familiar term for Sausage and Mash, a favourite British and Irish dish. Bangers and Mash is quick and easy to make, and also makes a cheap yet very substantial meal.

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Bath Buns

The Bath bun is a sweet roll made from a milk-based yeast dough with crushed sugar sprinkled on top after baking. Variations in ingredients include enclosing a lump of sugar in the bun or adding candied fruit peel, currants, raisins or sultanas.

The change from a light, shaped bun to a heavier, often fruited or …

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Bread Sauce

A warm or cold sauce thickened with bread. It is a savoury sauce served with a main meal.

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Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower cheese consists of pieces of cauliflower lightly boiled and covered with a milk-based cheese sauce.

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Cherries Jubilee

Cherries jubilee is a dessert dish made with cherries and liqueur (typically Kirschwasser), which is subsequently flambéed, and commonly served as a sauce over vanilla ice cream.

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Chip Butty

The chip butty was originally considered a working-class meal and was served in pubs. In the United Kingdom, chips are rarely ever cooked solely for the reason of a chip sandwich. Usually a meal is served with a round of bread so diners can assemble their own chip butty with leftover chips. The chip butty can be vegetarian-friendly if the chips are not fried in lard or dripping, as used to be traditional in a British chip shop.

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Cock-a-leekie Soup

Cock-a-leekie soup is a Scottish soup dish of leeks and chicken stock, often thickened with rice, or sometimes barley. The original recipe added prunes during cooking, and traditionalists still garnish with a julienne of prunes.

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Cumberland Sauce

Cumberland sauce is a fruit-based sauce, usually used on non-white meats such as venison, ham, and lamb.

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Egg Banjo

During World War 2, a popular filling snack with British troops was an “Egg Banjo”, a sandwich of 2 thick slices of bread (buttered or with margarine where possible) enclosing a runny fried egg, accompanied by a mug of “gunfire” (hot, strong, sweetened tea with milk).

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Jaffa Cakes

Jaffa Cakes are a snack introduced by McVitie and Price in 1927 and named after Jaffa oranges. The most common form of Jaffa Cakes are circular and have three layers: a sponge base, a layer of orange flavoured jelly and a coating of chocolate. Jaffa Cakes are also available as bars. Jaffa Cakes are consumed primarily in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Lancashire Lamb Hotpot with Mushy Peas

For easy comfort food, look no further than this shortcut to a great British classic. We’ve used minced lamb instead of large cuts of meat to accelerate the cooking time, and have enhanced the flavour of the gravy with Worcestershire, bay and thyme. In keeping with tradition, there’s a golden topping of crisp potato slices, while the side of minty peas reaffirms the deep English roots of this hearty dinner.

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Parsley Liquor

A variant of parsley sauce called “parsley liquor” is often served with pie and mash as a traditional British food, particularly in London.

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Pease Pudding

Pease pudding, sometimes known as pease pottage or pease porridge, is a term of British origin regarding a savoury pudding dish made of boiled legumes, which mainly consists of split yellow or Carlin peas, water, salt, and spices, often cooked with a bacon or ham joint.

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