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St George's Day: top 10 English desserts


April 20, 2015
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St George's Day is the perfect excuse to make a traditional English dessert – and luckily we're spoiled for choice. To celebrate the feast day of St George on 23 April, we've picked out our favourite sweet treats. Valentine Warner's summer pudding – a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge – and famous baker Dan Lepard's caramel apple pie might win you over. Or, for those watching the calories, beauty expert Liz Earle's fat-free rose and berry sponge cake has all the taste of indulgence, without the guilt. Scroll down to get the recipe for 10 sweet English classics...

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1. Liz Earle's fat-free rose and berry sponge cake Beauty expert Liz Earle's sponge cake is bursting with delicious – and healthy – buttercream and topped with a range of juicy berries.

2. Sherry trifle With layers of custard, fruit, sherry-soaked sponge, jelly and topped off with whipped cream, it's no wonder trifle is a long-standing top runner when it comes to the nation's top desserts.

3. Scones Mouthwatering scones with clotted cream and jam are a traditional teatime treat and national favourite.

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4. Apple and pear crumble A traditional apple crumble is both delicious and easy to make.

5. Strawberry meringue roulade with mascarpone The crisp and chewy meringue encases a rich strawberry and mascapone cream filling making this a slice of dessert heaven.

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6. Healthy Eton mess Perfect for those of us watching our calorie intake, this classic is made with naturally fat-free Quark.

7. Valentine Warner's summer pudding "For me, this traditional pudding sums up an English summer – nothing can better the flavour of fresh British berries ripened naturally in the sunshine," says Valentine of summer pudding - also a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge.

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8. Plum and citrus custard tart Baked egg custard tart is an all-time classic – this one has a plum and citrus twist for good measure.

9. Dan Lepard's caramel apple pie Apple pie is a winner all year round. Try your hand at Australian baker Dan Lepard's recipe with a drop of caramel.

10. Sticky toffee pudding Satisfy your sweet tooth with this old classic.

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