Bakes & Breaks: The UK’s Sweetest Destinations

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A world without baking would be a dreadful world indeed, and with #WorldBakingDay upon us, it’s time to celebrate our love of delicious baked goods by taking a look at the places where some of the UK’s most famous bakes originated. Whether it’s a sweet or savoury treat which piques your taste buds’ fancy, you’re sure to find a UK destination which hits that sweet-toothed spot.

Bakewell Tart & Pudding, Bakewell

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The iconic Bakewell Tart is said to have originated in this quaint market town within the Derbyshire Dales, but it’s lesser-known predecessor, the Bakewell Pudding, also has its roots in this rural village. As baking legend goes, the pudding is said to have been created by accident at a local inn around 1860; today both the pudding and the tart it still remain an iconic food staple in the town, and it’s a great place to pass through when exploring the delights of the Peak District. The Original Bakewell Pudding Shop offers a great selection of Bakewell bakes, but which variation will you prefer?

Bath Buns, Bath

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From sweet beginnings in the picturesque spa town of Bath, Bath Buns are sticky, sugared rolls which are laced with candied fruit peel and raisins – supposedly a known favourite of author, Jane Austen. It’s believed that they were invented by Dr Oliver in the 18th century, and that his patients liked them so much that they began to get fat, so he had to create a plain biscuit for them to eat instead – known today as Bath Olivers. As well as being famed for its iconic bun, Bath is awash with beautiful Georgian architecture and Roman baths. You can visit The Bath Bun tea shoppe for a taste of the Bath’s historical bake.

Dundee Cake, Dundee

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All the way from Scotland’s east coast, Dundee Cake dates back to the early 1800’s – said to have first been made for Mary Queen of Scots – and it’s still one of the country’s tastiest Scottish staples to date. The Queen of Scots is said to have not liked cherries, so bakers decided to make a cake with almonds instead; it soon became a much-loved favourite because of it’s almondy taste. Dundee is a great location to not only enjoy a moreish slice of cake, but it’s also a great place to discover some maritime history and soak up some sun, as Dundee boasts more sunshine hours than any other city in Scotland.

Cornish Pasties, Cornwall

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A strong savoury bake contender, the Cornish Pasty is proudly named the national dish of Cornwall, but Cornwall isn’t just all about the pastry, it is one of the most picturesque pockets of the UK, brimming with coastal walks and stunning countryside.  Dating back at least to the start of the 17th century, Cornish pasties are believe to have originated as a meal for Cornish tin miners to take down the pit, but today they are enjoyed by all. There are many bakeries where you can enjoy this hearty pastry but Ann’s Pasties and Philp’s of Hayle are two of the best and most traditional!

Manchester Tart, Manchester

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If you’re planning a short break to Manchester, you can’t leave without trying the city’s sweet shortcrust treat: a tart filled with vanilla custard, raspberry jam, coconut and dotted with a maraschino cherry. This Lancashire treat’s beginnings aren’t wholly known, but it’s believed to have been adapted from the earlier Manchester pudding recipe which appeared in Victorian writer Mrs Beeton’s book in the 19th century. With a vibrant Manchester is one of the UK’s most vibrant cities and it’s a great place for shopping, seeing a football match or enjoy another of its famous bakes, a Eccles Cake.

Chelsea Buns, Chelsea

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The spiced Chelsea Bun is said to date back to the 1700s, and it was first created at the Bun House in London’s Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Now demolished, the Bun House was favoured by Hanoverian royalty, and it’s believed that on the day it opened its doors, around 50,000 people queued up to buy one of the famous buns. Made with currants, fruit peel & cinnamon, the bun is perfect accompanied with a cup of tea, and can be enjoyed at any time of day. The Flour Station in London’s Camden Market Café serves up a great Chelsea Bun bake, and while you’re there sampling the baked delicacies, you can also uncover London’s top sights and hidden gems dotted around the capital.

Yorkshire Pudding, Yorkshire

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Another classic savoury bake, the Yorkshire Pudding is a Yorkshire staple which accompanies the much-loved Sunday roast. But the origins of this light and airy pudding are far from it’s role today. It was previously served as an appetiser with gravy, aiming to fill the consumer up before coming to the more expensive main course of meat and vegetables – hoping that they would eat less of it! Now though, whether part of a piping-hot Sunday lunch or served with sausages baked in the middle, the Yorkshire Pudding is simply a saintly addition to the Yorkshire diet. Yorkshire is also filled with quirky market towns and stunning countryside, so it’s a great place to relax and enjoy a few days away from it all.

Kendal Mint Cake*, Kendal

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Despite its seemingly pudding-like name, Kendal Mint Cake isn’t actually a cake at all – in fact, it’s not even baked. What sounds like a light and luscious cake treat from the Lake District is in fact a sweet peppermint tablet (sometimes coated in chocolate), and it’s origins lie within the scenic market town of Kendal. It may not be a baked treat, but it makes its way on to our list because the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK, and it’s a great destination for enjoying a relaxing walking holiday.

Which of these famous bakes have you tried? Let us know your favourite baked treat in the comment box below!

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