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Traditional British Seasonal Foods

From fish & chips to Yorkshire pudding and afternoon tea - we all know and love those never-changing traditional British foods. But we have a special place in our hearts (and stomachs) for those seasonal eats that come and go at different times of year. They just seem extra special because we only eat them at a certain time of year, and even though some of these things *can* be bought or made all year round now, somehow it just doesn't seem right!

Here's our run down of traditional seasonal British foods. You'd better like dried fruit...

EASTER & LENT

Pancakes

While Americans like to eat their thick fluffy pancakes for breakfast on a regular basis, this side of the pond a pancake is more like the European crepe, and in many homes only made on one day of the year - pancake day! This is on Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent starts, traditionally when households would eat up anything in the house before they fast for Lent. These days it doesn't matter whether you take part in Lent or not - the whole nation enjoys making, flipping and eating yummy pancakes

English pancake

Hot Cross Buns

Basically a fruit teacake with a cross on the top. Excellent toasted with butter for Easter morning breakfast. Chocolate eggs as starter / dessert according to preference.

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Simnel Cake

A fruitcake with a marzipan topping made at Easter. Apparently the balls of marzipan represent each of the disciples minus Judas. No marzipan ball for you Judas!

Simnel cake

Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes' Night

On the night us Brits enjoy night sky lit up with bright and colourful fireworks , we like to eat a bunch of really brown food.

Parkin is a yummy sponge cake from Yorkshire made with spices and treacle. Treacle toffee / bonfire toffee is a sweet and salty confection made with tonnes of treacle that will have your fillings out if you're not careful. You can also get bonfire lollies which are pretty similar but, y'know, on a stick.

YorkshireParkin Bonfire_Treacle_Toffee

Black peas are a real Lancashire thing, cooked for ages until really soft and then served in a styrofoam cup with salt and vinegar to warm your cockles as you watch the fireworks displays.

HALLOWEEN

Toffee apples have been popular at Halloween for many years- all things apple always come out in the autumn. No, we don't know what makes them so bright red. Yes, it is totally acceptable to just eat the outsides and then chuck the mushy old apple away. Check out our easy Halloween party food ideas>>

Toffee_apple

CHRISTMAS

Mince pies, Christmas cake & Christmas pudding - there's no escaping this trio of dried fruit delicacies over the Christmas period. You'll either love them or hate them, but it just wouldn't be Christmas without them.

Mince_Pies With icing and marzipan.

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What's your favourite seasonal treat?

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