7 British Comfort Food Recipes You Need To Try

By Priyanka Chavda

Everyone loves comfort food, whether it be macaroni and cheese, or your more obvious decadent chocolate dishes. However, when it comes to British comfort food recipes, there’s a whole host of meals just waiting to be explored. Sure, when you think of British cuisine, you probably imagine fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and even some good old curry. You’re probably familiar with the makings of a full English breakfast or Sunday roast, and trust me when I say there is nothing like eating Yorkshire puddings. Scotch eggs (which, for those who don’t know, are hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage, and then covered with breadcrumbs) are great for picnics, and of course no one can forget the large variety of pies which can be found almost anywhere.

But there are many more dishes that make up British comfort food, and not all of them are complex. From crumpet pizzas to banana muffins and cream of vegetable soup, comfort food is delicious even in its simplest forms. One thing is for sure: When Brits are away from home, they definitely miss the food. Looking for something warm and delicious to cozy up to this winter? Here are seven British recipes that ought to do the trick:

1. Crumpet Pizzas

Crumpets are an iconic British treat you've likely tried before — probably toasted, and with a good dollop of butter. But these little round griddle cakes also taste amazing as pizza bases. With homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella, and of course a few veggies, making them is quick and easy.

2. Apple And Cinnamon Pie

Apple pie is a British staple, and British apples are at their best during the autumn and winter. British apple pie recipes have been around since the 14th century, and are a long-time favorite dessert. My personal favorite is a warm apple pie with lots and lots of custard. I like this recipe by A Cozy Kitchen.

3. Butterscotch Biscuits

Originating in Yorkshire, butterscotch has been a part of British confections for at least 200 years. Since then, butterscotch has been added to puddings, desserts, and sauces for foods such as ice cream, coffee, and cookies. Made from butter, treacle, and sugar, it is definitely a sweet treat. Bake it into cookies, like Something Swanky, for the perfect dessert. (A little chocolate thrown into the mix doesn't hurt, either.)

4. Banana Muffins

You know that, obviously, bananas are really healthy. Full of potassium and high fiber, munching on one of these is a good way to start the day — but it can also be kind of boring. Banana muffins, on the other hand, make a much more inspiring snack. This recipe by Brown Eyed Baker is a great way to use bananas that have started to brown, instead of throwing them away.

5. English Muffins

You've probably seen English muffins at the grocery store before, but have you ever tried to make them yourself? English muffins are a small round bread eaten with a dollop of butter, jam, eggs, or cheese, to name a few options. English muffins can be found in almost every supermarket, and restaurants. These muffins differ from American muffins, which tend to be more like cake. The Kitchn shows you how to make a batch from scratch.

6. Ginger And Rhubarb Jam

Due to its texture, rhubarb is perfect for baking. Pair it with spices such as cinnamon or ginger for the perfect flavor combination. Although it's often used in crumbles and pies, I find that rhubarb jam tastes delicious with a warm English muffin. Make your own with this recipe from Food Fanatic.

7. Cream Of Vegetable Soup

Soup is a comfort food no matter where you go. There is nothing like a warm bowl of soup and crusty bread in the chilly weather. Looking for the most delicious bowl to cozy up to? Look no further than this cream of vegetable soup by The Healthy Foodie. It doesn't get any better.

If you are a foodie, give these a go... you'll definitely end up wanting more.

For more food inspiration and ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.

Images: Vladislav Nosik/Fotolia, cdkproductions/Fotolia; A Cozy Kitchen; Something Swanky; Brown Eyed Baker; The Healthy Foodie; Food Fanatic; The Kitchn, Taste and Tell