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: 3.32 stars
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!

Blueberry Scones

Rating: 3.43 stars
Sweet-tart fresh blueberries are showcased in every bite of these light, fluffy scones accented with lemon zest.

Mummy's Sweet White Scones

Rating: 3.57 stars
This mouthwatering recipe for scones is courtesy of Petersham Nursery.

Welsh Cakes

A cross between a cookie, scone, and pancake, these intriguing treats are cooked on a griddle, not baked (despite its other name, Welsh bakestones). Martha's version is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and studded with dried currants and candied lemon peel.

Cheddar-Topped Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars
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.

Lemon Tassies

Rating: 2.99 stars
Easy to make and charming in appearance, these tiny tarts are an ideal dinner-party dessert. The name is derived from the Scottish word for a "small cup."

Coddled Eggs

Rating: 3.22 stars
Coddling is a gentle steaming method that yields a tender egg. The eggs are cooked individually in coddling cups-ceramic cups with screw-on lids available at kitchen-supply stores. Four-ounce baby-food jars can be used as well. Garnish with chopped herbs, onion, or cooked bacon.

Devils on Horseback

Rating: 3.57 stars
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.

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.

Wild-Salmon Kedgeree

Here's an easy and healthy one-pot dinner with salmon fillets. Stateside there isn't much name recognition for kedgeree, but across the pond it is a beloved dish with Anglo-Indian roots. In this version, basmati rice steams with curry powder, onion, and garlic; halfway through, the salmon is nestled on top to cook with the rice. Garnish bowls with hard-cooked eggs, parsley, and paprika for a weeknight meal.

Rich Cream Scones

Rating: 3.63 stars
These scones get their light, flaky texture from the butter that is layered into the dough.

Prime Rib Roast

Rating: 3.75 stars
Serve the holiday-worthy roast with its traditional side dish, Yorkshire Pudding.

Inspiration and Ideas

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.

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.

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.