Quick, Easy British Desserts You Can Make in Less Than 30 Minutes

Yes, you did read this correctly, you can create super British desserts in less than 30 minutes. These desserts are light (like British Strawberry Jelly), lighter than traditional British puddings (Spotted Dick, Steamed Sponge, Crumble, Traditional Rice Pudding) and use more fruit, cream, and custards, but they are just as delicious.

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    Quick, Easy Trifle Recipe

    English Trifle
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    Nothing shouts British than a traditional trifle. There are many variations on the classic recipe, most of which involve making a jelly and custard. However, in a hurry, you can make a more than acceptable Quick Trifle.

    The reason this one takes less time is that it does not contain jelly and uses ready-made custard. Without the time for the jelly to set, you can have your trifle made in a mere 10 minutes.

    This recipe calls for strawberries, but fresh raspberries are just as good. Only use the sherry in the recipe if the trifle is for adults.

  • 02 of 06

    Easy Classic Eton Mess Recipe

    Traditional British Eton Mess
    Photo Elaine Lemm

    Eton Mess says summer, sunshine, cricket or Wimbledon in Britain. It is one of the easiest desserts to put together and no-one can deny the combination of cream, strawberries, and meringue is not a winner.

    This 'mess' is made traditionally with strawberries, but other fruits work well including raspberries and rhubarb.

  • 03 of 06

    Super Simple Rhubarb Fool Recipe

    Rhubarb Fool
    Photo Elaine Lemm

    What a combination, gently cooked rhubarb, a little honey, mascarpone and lots of whipped cream. A dish which screams summer and sunshine.

    There are few desserts around as simple as this one. Rhubarb is a classic, but gooseberries also work well in this recipe.

  • 04 of 06

    Lemon Posset Recipe

    Lemon Posset Recipe

    Unbelievable to think that Lemon Posset has been around for centuries. It has made something of a comeback in recent years, probably because it is so easy to make and given the few ingredients, also quite cheap.

    Ring the changes with a few different citrus flavors. Clementine is an excellent variation.

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  • 05 of 06

    Super Easy Scottish Cranachan Recipe

    Scottish Cranachan
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    Scottish Cranachan is considered a festive dessert and served on Burns Night and Hogmanay. This dessert is too good to be saved for a few times a year. So quick and easy, and also high on taste it deserves to be eaten year round.

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    Scottish Tipsy Laird Trifle Recipe

    Tipsy Laird
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    A trifle in the English sense of the word but that is where it stops. This dessert is totally Scottish in the ingredients. Scottish raspberries, whiskey, and cream. Delicious.