stickytoffeeOn a cold winter day, there’s nothing nicer than a tasty, traditional British pudding. Our sticky toffee pudding, a favorite and prized dessert option in Delaware Today’s Best of Delaware lineup, is at the top of the list. But the British also love: apple and rhubarb crumble; bread and butter pudding and jam roly poly. The names alone are sweet and comforting. But where did these scrumptious desserts originate? And what should you serve with them – cream, ice cream or custard?

Apple and rhubarb crumble

Apple crumble apparently originated in World War II. Only a very small amount of flour, butter and sugar were needed for the crumble topping. Adding rhubarbs, pears, berries or other seasonal fruit made the best of what was available. Cream, ice cream or custard are ideal with this simple pudding, though warm custard is the best winter option.

Bread and butter pudding

Thrifty households could happily use up stale bread in this steamed pudding. In the early 17th century, milk, butter and eggs were added to give additional richness and taste. Stale bread is essential for this dessert; smother it in custard to bring out the taste of the fruit.

Jam roly poly

Jam roly poly has been around since at least the middle of the 19th century. Traditionally, made from suet dough, it’s steamed with a jelly filling, usually strawberry or raspberry. This pudding is rarely served with ice cream – custard is definitely the best option.

Sticky toffee pudding

When it’s blowing a gale outside, there’s nothing nicer than sticky toffee pudding. This indulgent steamed pudding combines brown sugar, chopped dates (Medjool preferably) and toffee-flavored sauce. As a fairly recent addition to British dessert menus, it began as “icky sticky toffee sponge” in the Lake District in the 1970s. Although this dessert can be served with custard, it’s best with cream or ice cream.

Enjoy the darling of the British desserts, sticky toffee pudding, at go brit! in Lewes or go fish! in Rehoboth Beach near the Boarwalk. You’re sure of a sweet and sumptuous taste experience that will have you coming back for more.