|The original Bakewell Pudding Shop|
In fact, this version of the recipe is only one type of the tea time treat. Bakewell claims to be the home of an older version called the Bakewell Pudding which is more like a medium sized jam tart than an individual cake.
The story goes that sometime in the 1860s a Mrs Graves, Mistress of the local inn (now called The Rutland Arms), was asked to provide a strawberry tart by a visiting nobleman. The inexperienced kitchen assistant produced something different from the original recipe, but it was such a success that another local woman took the opportunity to produce the pudding and set up a business of her own. The secret recipe was handed down and it eventually fell into the hands of a Mr Bloomer. There's still a shop in Bakewell selling Bloomers Original Bakewell Puddings, but there are several other old establishments that claim to sell the original pudding and the tart.
Needless to say, Bakewell caters for the many visitors who are attracted to the town because of its quintessential Englishness by providing many coffee shops and tea rooms. Naturally, I had to do some 'research' of my own regarding this story and, being fair minded, went to the 'rival' shops selling their tempting-looking products of tarts and puddings and other sweet treats and bought some cakes to take home.
|The Bakewell Pudding and other sweet treats|
|A Celebration sized Bakewell Tart!|
|The Rutland Arms where the pudding was first produced|
|Tea in the garden.|
A Bakewell Pudding or a Bakewell Tart? There's also a lemon and coconut one just to confuse the choice!