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Best of British: Simple recipes to create this bank holiday

One of the things that makes us most proud to be British is our rich culinary heritage. From hearty toad in the holes to our rich shepherd pies, there is a dish for everyone to enjoy so whether you’re looking for a classic comfort food or a new twist on an old favourite, we’ve got you covered.

Mustard and Rosemary Toad in the Hole with Gravy – Alex Hollywood (Dinner)

Alex Hollywood's reimagining of an old British classic has gone viral on Twitter. Toad in the hole is unquestionably one of the most traditional English dishes, first appearing in recipe books in the 17th century. Sausages are wrapped in Yorkshire pudding batter and served with gravy and vegetables. With this simple recipe, you'll be sure to pay homage to British cuisine.

Grandma Todiwala’s Macaroni and Cauliflower Cheese – Cyrus Todiwala

When Cyrus was a child, this was his mother's all-time favourite dinner for his family. It all started when the first pasta was introduced to the British public and quickly made its way to India and the Raj's clubs and gymkhanas. Cyrus, like most Indians, grew up eating overcooked pasta. It wasn't until his European training in 1980 that he realised he'd been cooking it all wrong - but back then, if you cooked pasta al dente, it was returned to you. Cyrus' mother's macaroni was cooked until it split, but the fun was in the sauce and her amazing taste magic. We agree with Cyrus' mother that this dish is delicious.

Shepherds Pie – Marcella DiLonardo

Here’s an interesting fact for you all, Shepherd’s pie was originally made to use up any leftover meat (much like Toad in the hole) )and it wasn’t just the top which was covered with mashed potato, but around the sides and the bottom too. Now the beloved pie has made its way to every british household to be a homely, warm dish perfect for the classic British autumn weather. 

Salted Caramel Pie – Marcella DiLondardo

Although many might connect apple pie to the USA, the earliest known recipe was actually found in the UK. The dessert is one of many favourites among the British, now you can make it even better with this recipe. It's not just any apple pie, oh no, it’s salted caramel apple pie. This apple pie recipe is like no other, the salted caramel takes this pie to new heights, now it’s sweet, a little salty, and cinnamony too. What more could you ask for in a dessert?

Jamaican Banana Caramel Pudding – Jo Pratt 

As a result of the commonwealth British food has had the great opportunity to adopt new flavours and dishes from all across the world. When baked, this decadent and comforting pudding magically creates its own rich molten caramel and rum sauce, which sits beneath a banana and coconut sponge. It's a real crowd pleaser, so it's ideal for entertaining, but it's also quick enough to prepare so that you can enjoy it as a mid-week treat. If you have an overripe banana, don't throw it away; instead, try this pudding. The sweeter and more intense the flavour, the riper it is.

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