Desserts Archive

Lemon Syllabub with Brandy Snaps

“Frothy, fruity versions of the posset without its custardy eggs, syllabubs had been all the rage since Charles II was reputed to have sent his milkmaid into the fields with a dish of warmed spiced …

Summer Pudding

“It was a time for bottling and drying vegetables for the winter table, and for rich summer pudding filled with berries to be set in a cold larder, the juices to mingle.” An Incomplete Revenge …

Victoria Sponge Cake

“Queen Victoria, who presumably visited nobody, preferred bone marrow on toast, and is unlikely to have ever tasted the sponge cake sandwiched with jam that was named after her—a nursery luxury.” Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The …

Bakewell Tart

“In Britain, a cup of tea is the answer to every problem. Fallen off your bicycle? Nice cup of tea. Your house has been destroyed by a meteorite? Nice cup of tea and a biscuit. …

Treacle Pudding with Custard

In Britain, public schools are called state schools and, just to be confusing, the top private schools such as Eton and Harrow are called public schools. I attended a minor public school which means it …