Bakewell pudding is said to have been invented following a culinary accident in the mid-19th century at the White Horse Inn (now the Rutland Arms Hotel) in Bakewell, England. As the story goes, a cook failed to follow instructions and spread the egg-and-almond paste on top of a pastry base instead of mixing it in. The result was a hit, and has become a signature treat of the Derbyshire town.
Bakewell pudding is essentially a puff pastry with jam-covered base that gets overlaid with a filling of egg and ground almonds. It’s somewhat similar in texture to an egg custard, but nothing really compares to the sweet, sticky, and nutty experience of Bakewell’s much-prized product.
Many Brits have not heard of Bakewell pudding and even fewer have tried it. Importantly, it should never be confused with the more well-known Bakewell tart, which has a jam-covered shortcut pastry base, a sponge filling, and sometimes icing on top. These can be found everywhere in the United Kingdom, as they are commonly mass-produced. Locals will tell you that the delicious pudding is the traditional Bakewell product, some going as far to call the tart an impostor. One must admit that the neat, cake-like tart is probably nicer to look at, but the pudding delivers the sweeter, richer flavors.
Where to Try It
The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop WebsiteThe Square, Bakewell, DE45 1BT, United Kingdom
The shop sells the puddings and features classes on how to make one yourself.
Bakewell Pudding Parlour Website2 Water St, Bakewell, England, DE45 1EW, United Kingdom
This bakery sells puddings, tarts, and biscuits. Open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.