Retro puddings

Get all nostalgic with our collection of retro puddings and vintage desserts. These old favourites remain popular for a reason: they’re familiar and comforting. A bowl of crumble and custard is a sure-fire way to put a smile on someone’s face. A generous slice of jam roly poly is an edible cuddle, while a bakewell tart can melt troubles away.

Try your hand at timeless classics such as lemon meringue pie and treacle tart, or experiment with our takes on old retro puddings, including rhubarb jelly with custard ice cream and spotted dick with a rum and raisin twist. Our arctic roll and jam roly-poly recipes channel the nostalgic school puddings of the past (but with no homework!).

All of these vintage desserts would be a great finale to a retro party. Get things off the a tasty start with our favourite canapé and cocktail recipes.

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Barbecued maple and pecan banana splits

Banana recipes

Barbecued maple and pecan banana splits

Barbecues always stay hot longer than you need them to, so make the most of those glowing embers by making...

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Mini baked alaskas

Frozen dessert recipes

Mini baked alaskas

Introducing our failsafe mini baked alaskas. This tried-and-tested recipe by food producer Pollyanna Coupland combines a spiced chocolate no-churn ice...

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Malt iced buns with raspberry icing

Baking recipes

Malt iced buns with raspberry icing

Who doesn’t love an iced bun?  Even better, how about a homemade iced bun. These ones temper the sometimes over-sweet...

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Rhubarb, rose and pistachio crumble

Crumble recipes

Rhubarb, rose and pistachio crumble

Classic rhubarb crumble is taken to new heights with aromatic cardamom, rosewater and an irresistible topping flecked with sesame seeds...

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Rum and raisin spotted dick

Retro puddings

Rum and raisin spotted dick

You can’t get a more traditional British pud than spotted dick – something that’s fallen out of fashion in recent...

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Chocolate parkin with marbled custard

Retro puddings

Chocolate parkin with marbled custard

Sticky Yorkshire parkin is taken to chocolate town with this indulgent bake – but the sauce definitely shares star billing....

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Black forest bakewell tart

Sweet tart recipes

Black forest bakewell tart

When black forest gateau meets bakewell tart, something magical happens. These two nostalgic desserts combine perfectly – especially when served...

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Traditional English trifle

Trifle recipes

Traditional English trifle

Raspberry jelly, thick vanilla custard, sherry-soaked sponge fingers and pillowy mounds of whipped cream: it’s the ultimate traditional trifle recipe....

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Parkin

Bonfire Night recipes

Parkin

This squidgy cake, originally from northern England, is a warming treat for Bonfire Night or any time, with or without...

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Raspberry and custard mini cakes

Easy baking recipes to make with kids

Raspberry and custard mini cakes

Reminiscent of school traybakes with pink icing, these raspberry and custard mini cakes are given a suitably chic update –...

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The Hairy Bikers’ pineapple and rum sticky toffee pudding

Perfect pudding recipes

The Hairy Bikers’ pineapple and rum sticky toffee pudding

When upside-down pineapple cake has a rum-punch party with sticky toffee pudding, this recipe from The Hairy Bikers is the...

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Proper homemade custard

Best of British recipes

Proper homemade custard

This easy recipe for homemade vanilla custard is the perfect finishing touch: pour it over apple pie, steamed pudding, or...

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Blood orange and Campari steamed pudding

Steamed pudding recipes

Blood orange and Campari steamed pudding

This updated take on the traditional steamed pudding stars blood oranges and Campari. It can even be cooked in the...

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Duke of Cambridge tart

Sweet tart recipes

Duke of Cambridge tart

Chef Tristan Welch has revived this traditional sweet tart while retaining all the gorgeous flavours of the original, making it...

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Summer pudding arctic roll

Retro puddings

Summer pudding arctic roll

A gorgeous blueberry sponge is filled with mixed berries and ice cream before rolling and freezing; a beautiful arctic roll...

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Rhubarb jelly and Bird’s custard ice cream

Ice cream recipes

Rhubarb jelly and Bird’s custard ice cream

Georgina Hayden has combined the nostalgic flavours of rhubarb and custard in a clever dessert that will take you back...

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