National Trust, the nonprofit organisation that looks after around 250,000 hectares of countryside, 720 miles of coastline, and numerous historic places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is now on a mission to save the great British pudding.
After Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, asked people in the UK to support traditional British pudding recipes over foreign counterparts, the non-profit has also joined the cause and will be launching an autumn pudding campaign. The organisation will be offering a free pudding treat for the entire October of 2012 at chosen cafes and restaurants to encourage British travellers to be patriotic to their puddings.
Earlier, in an interview with Farmers Weekly, Owen Paterson, said, ‘There is a huge dessert deficit in this country. We have a huge opportunity to replace imported desserts with desserts made here.’
Paterson has asked the British people to shun desserts made from foreign dairy products, such as creme brulee and panna cotta, for traditional desserts, such as apple crumble, treacle tart and spotted dick.
Clive Goudercourt, the development chef for the National Trust, said, ‘We pride ourselves on baking our own food using the best of British ingredients, many grown on National Trust estates and farms.
We hope our delicious, home-cooked puddings will inspire people to choose traditional recipes and celebrate Britain’s best food across the seasons.
British, seasonal food is tastier, fresher and more nutritious. It is better value, better for the environment and better for your wallet.’
A recent poll conducted by the organisation highlighted that 48% of respondents favoured traditional Apple Pie or Blackberry Crumble as their favourite pudding.