Although many people will have heard of Bakewell Tart, Bakewell Pudding is a different delicacy!
Many shops in Bakewell serve this treat, each claiming to be the original recipe, to eat hot or cold.
The pudding was invented by accident, over 200 years ago
Apparently Mrs Greaves, Landlady of The White Lion Inn in 1860, (Now the site of The Rutland Arms ) asked one of her kitchen maids to make a strawberry tart. Some articles describe the maid as being inexperienced, others describe the incident as occuring as a drunken mistake!
The maid, instead of making a sweet pastry base, omitted to add the eggs and sugar, instead, the plain pastry case was filled with an egg and sugar mixture and poured over a strawberry jam coated pastry. As expected, there was also reported to be a 'secret ingredient'!
There doesn't seem to be a record of the maids name, so Mrs Greaves takes the credit for inventing the dish!
Mrs Greaves left the recipe to a Mr Radford, who in turn passed the 'secret recipe' to a Mr Bloomer.
You can buy Bakewell Puddings at 'Bloomers' , Water Street, Bakewell.
Telephone 01629 814844
Although this recipe is accredited to Mrs Greaves, it was her nameless maid that invented this dish. (Please see previous tip for more info)
There are many variations of Bakewell Pudding, some with almonds, some without. One of Mrs Greaves recipes includes Mashed potato!
20 eggs, yolks of 12
1lb clarified butter
1lb fine sugar
all mixed together and poured upon the preserve in a puff paste. Bake in a quick oven in tins.
A recipe for family sized pudding -
Line an 8" flan dish with puff pastry and spread with strawberry jam.
mix 4oz butter, 4oz sugar, 4 eggs and 2 extra whites.
Bake for 30 minutes , Gas mark 5, or 190 degrees centigrade.
Eat hot or cold- Enjoy!
It's A Bakewell PUDDING! Yes, there is a Bakewell Tart, but it’s the Bakewell Pudding that is actually famous. The famous pudding was made by accident when an inexperienced cook at the White Horse (now gone) misread his instructions in the 1860’s. He poured egg mixture over the jam instead of mixing it in the pastry and what should have been a tart was now a pudding. Bakewell puddings can be bought at several shops in the town centre and even shipped worldwide.
The rest is, as they say, history.
Bloomers is at Water Street in Bakewell - it is piled to its low beams with local pies, cheeses and meats and its Bakewell puds are wonderful: light short pastry, long almondy flavour and perfect with a pot of tea.
There are three establishments in the town claiming to be the home of the original pudding but I think this shop really is the one. Although these are traditionally called puddings they are in fact open tarts. The examples sold here being made of natural ingredients and you can post one home if you so wish.
We did not sample the cafe upstairs. For this reason I have put it in this category.