MENTION Bakewell and chances are you’ll instantly think of one very tasty and legendary foodstuff...
I am, of course, talking about the world-famous Bakewell Pudding.
Now I have to make a confession – I’ve never actually tasted a proper Bakewell Pudding. Shame on me.
But all that changed at the weekend when I visited the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop in the charming Peak District town.
The cute store, nestled in The Square, claims to hold the original recipe for the delicious dish.
As the jolly shop assistant handed over my handmade pudding in a cardboard box emblazoned with the words ‘warning: contents irresistible’, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to the treat.
My verdict? I thought it was a delectable delight which really satisfied my sweet tooth and left a very pleasant taste.
For those who don’t know, a Bakewell Pudding consists of a flaky pastry case with a layer of jam and a scrumptious egg and almond filling.
It was created in the kitchens of the Rutland Arms Hotel in Bakewell during the early-1800s when an inexperienced cook was preparing dessert, a strawberry tart.
The flustered chef made a mistake with the ingredients, but hotel guests didn’t notice; quite the opposite, they adored the tasty, new sweet.
Shrewdly, hotel owner Ann Greaves made a note of the amended recipe – and the rest, as they say, is history...
The sweet-smelling Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop doesn’t just sell the classic dish – it’s packed to the rafters with cakes, breads and jams and boasts a famous restaurant which serves a whole host of lip-smacking delights.
Tempted? Course you are.
Go on – pay a visit to the jewel in Derbyshire’s crown and treat yourself in this top shop.
Rating: Three stars
The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, The Square, Bakewell, DE45 1BT
Telephone: (01629) 812193