Perhaps the simplest and most sophisticated dinner party precursor ever. Just make the savory shortbread dough, freeze, slice, and bake. You're welcome.
Bangers and Mash2/15
You could call this sausages with mashed potatoes. But we sorta feel obliged to say bangers and mash. Faux British accent optional.
We've no idea where this name came from, as there's nothing foolish about conjuring a conversation-stopping dessert from just three ingredients. Nothing foolish at all.
A marvie blend of bitter stout and sweet ice cream, this inspired adults-only rendition of an old-fashioned float just may take you by surprise.
The size of English muffins, these Welsh cakes are dense, slightly sweet, and packed with golden raisins. They're perfect for breakfast or served with tea.
Tender chicken and sausage meatballs sidle up alongside sweet leeks and a tipsy white wine cream sauce. Then the whole shebang is topped with indecently rich and flaky puff pastry in this recipe from (90s flashback alert) Jamie Oliver.
Crumpets with butter. How very English. And how very enticing according to everyone who's tried this authentic homemade version.
Hot Cross Buns8/15
Traditionally sold in bakeries on Good Friday, hot cross buns are little currant-filled rolls that are slightly sweet and richly tender and oh so hard to resist. And even better when made at home.
Irish Soda Bread9/15
A sweet nuttiness, a dense crumb, a crunchy crust, and bags more flavor than normal bread. Whatcha waiting for?
Victoria Sponge Cake10/15
This cake, a nod not just to Queen Victoria but British sensibility, defines the very notion of simple yet sophisticated.
A sprightly summer cocktail, this vibrant variant on a Pimm's Cup is a wham bam grand slam of booze, orange, lemon, cucumber, mint, and lemon-lime soda.
This pumpkin soup gets a boost from apples and a bite from a cupful of Irish cider. The soup, with its intense pumpkin flavor, makes for great fall fare.
A favorite holiday dish, beef Wellington is beef fillet slathered with pate, covered in a dice of mushrooms, wrapped in puff pastry, and baked.
An old-fashioned cocktail that takes its namesake tinge of pink—albeit a manly man's shade of pink—from a splash of bitters. A cure-all of sorts. Elizabeth Stewart explains.