British Recipes

If you want to make British recipes at home, try classic fish & chips, Yorkshire pudding, Scotch eggs, Shepherd's pie, delicious trifles, scones, and more!

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Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 780
You'll like the convenience of this comforting dish. Unlike other shepherd's pie recipes, this one calls for frozen vegetables instead of fresh and can be made the day before. Shepherd's pie has never been so easy—or so tasty!

Cheddar-Topped Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 699
Old-style pubs have it right: Sitting down to a generous helping of shepherd's pie is a true pleasure; making it is happily simple. We've added sharp cheddar to our mashed potatoes for a snappy topping.

Devils on Horseback

Rating: 3.5 stars 333
Don't let the sinister name throw you -- these bacon-wrapped dates couldn't be more delicious. Martha takes them to the next level by stuffing the dried fruit with pungent Stilton.

Mummy's Sweet White Scones

Rating: 3.5 stars 132
These simple, sweet scones are what the Brits would call "plain scones." They are so rich and delicate, they don't need raisins, chocolate chips, or other additions—but they do lend themselves to slathering with butter (or clotted cream) and jam. The mouthwatering recipe for these scones is courtesy of English restaurant Petersham Nursery.

Cranberry Scones

Rating: 3.5 stars 237
We used cranberries instead of currants in these traditional, crumbly British scones for an irresistible winter treat. Try them for breakfast or with afternoon tea.

Blueberry Scones

Rating: 3.5 stars 544
Sweet-tart fresh berries are showcased in every bite of these light, fluffy blueberry scones. Pair them with coffee for breakfast or brunch, or enjoy them for afternoon tea. They are easy to make, just be sure not to overwork the dough.

Pork Wellington with Prosciutto and Spinach-Mushroom Stuffing

Juicy pork tenderloin is filled with sauteed mushrooms and spinach, then wrapped in store-bought puff pastry lined with a layer of prosciutto. The resulting dish is a true showstopper, inside and out--it's just the thing for a holiday meal. Serve with mustard-cream sauce, Peppery Greens with Meyer-Lemon Dressing, and Rutabaga-Sweet Potato Mash with Garlic and Sage.

Spotted Dick

One of the most popular British puddings is spotted dick. The latter half of the phrase was a nineteenth-century British word for plain pudding; the spots are typically raisins, but we used dried currants. (The dessert also goes by spotted dog.) In this recipe, the time-honored suet (beef fat) is swapped for butter. Vanilla-specked creme anglaise is on top.

Standing Rib Roast

Rating: 3 stars 186
Roast beef is classic British fare. It's the centerpiece of a traditional Sunday dinner, and the hearty main course for a holiday celebration. Chef Anne Willan has drawn on her own family's techniques for cooking and serving a standing rib roast for this recipe, which is served with roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.

Scottish Shortbread

For this Scottish variation of our Classic Shortbread, the dough is baked in a stoneware mold.

Cottage Pie

Rating: 4 stars 101
A traditional cottage pie is made with ground beef and topped with mashed potatoes. We used potato slices, which saves time and looks good, too. For a shepherd's pie, use lamb. Or, try a turkey twist: Add 2 cups finely minced turkey meat along with the peas.

Classic Shortbread 101

Long ago, a Scottish baker turned elemental ingredients into shortbread. For the modern cook, the master recipe is open to endless variations.

Inspiration and Ideas

Martha's Scottish Shortbread
A touch of rice flour is the secret to perfectly crisp shortbread. With such a short ingredient list, it's important to use the best-quality salted butter you can find.
Meat Pie with Hot-Water Crust
Inspired by the traditional game pies that were staples on tables across Britain, this savory dinner showstopper calls for a unique hot-water crust that's sturdy enough to holds its own against Martha's chicken-and-pork filling studded with pistachios and fresh herbs.
Grand Raspberry Trifle
Rating: 3.5 stars 361

English trifle can be made in one large dish or several small dishes. Ours combines fruit, jam, juice-drenched pound cake, and whipped cream.