It might not be the foods invented in the Peak District that you first think of when the region comes to mind. If your first thought is incredible views, historical landmarks, and a diverse range of wildlife then you are in good company. But how about taking a look at the wholesome foods that you can enjoy after a brisk walk in the countryside.
It might surprise you to hear but the Bakewell Pudding was in fact invented in Bakewell, a small town in the Peak District. The original recipe is made up of a flaky pastry base with a layer of sieved jam. Above this, you have an egg/almond paste filling. The final result is a sweet dessert that is sure to leave you wanting more.
The recipe can be found in cookbooks as far back as the 1830s. If you are craving this famous dish then why not head down to The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop. It isn’t quite as pretty as the Bakewell Tart which is its evolution but the taste of the Bakewell Pudding more than makes up for its looks.
What makes the Ashbourne Gingerbread recipe unique? firstly it includes treacle in the recipe and secondly, it is surprisingly simple to follow. The story goes that a French prisoner of the Napoleonic wars invented the recipe. Later the Frenchman made Ashbourne his home and decided to pass this method for making gingerbread to a local baker.
If you head to the Ashbourne Gingerbread Shop you can try the taste of this recipe which is still made in the same way today as when it was first invented. The shop is actually a historical site in the small town and has been around since 1492.
Hartington Stilton Cheese
Okay, blue cheese isn’t a favorite for everyone. If you aren’t a fan of the flavor of blue cheese maybe some of these facts about the Hartington Stilton will win you over. Legally you can only make Stilton cheese in 3 counties. These are Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Leicestershire. The Hartington Stilton comes from the Hartington Cheese Shop which is the smallest Blue Stilton cheesemaker in the world. There are only 6 makers of Blue Stilton in the world and the Hartington shop is the longest-running.
With our most modern of the foods invented in the Peak District. The Hartington Cheese Shop are Winners of multiple awards for their stilton creation, which was invented in 2014. It is well worth a visit to this local cheesemaker.
This traditional dish resembles a savory pancake, as opposed to the Scottish biscuit variety that many envision when they hear the word oatcake. Local farmers often had to grow oats and a hardy crop that could survive the winter in place of wheat. These oats would be mixed with water and baked to produced the oatcakes we know today. Oatcakes are filling and go well with a wide range of toppings meaning that they can be used in everything from a full English to a sweet treat between meals.
Handmade on our farm in the Combs Valley we have used the same trusted recipe since 1949. We use locally sourced oatmeal and due to their versatility, our oatcakes are being used by chefs all over the Peak District and surrounding areas.
First published by the Derbyshire Federation of Women’s Institutes in 1974. The recipe for the Melandra Loaf is perfect for those of us with a sweet tooth. Fruity and light this loaf is actually often used as a popular breakfast dish. The Women’s Institute claimed this dish originated back to the Roman Fort at Glossop but it has since been proven that the ingredients needed wouldn’t have been available at the time. We can only presume the recipe changed over the year to the finished product we have now.
If you are keen to get your hands on this iconic loaf you can head to The Old Bakery in Youlgrave. If you don’t fancy an early start to make it there in time for Breakfast you can actually stay the night.
If you like flapjacks then this biscuit is for you! Thick and soft they are made using oatmeal, flour, butter, dark sugar and fruit. Tharf cakes have been a traditional Halloween treat since the 1970’s These have fallen from the mainstream and can be a little more difficult to find than some of the other foods invented in the Peak District. We recommend heading to Tindalls of Tideswell, this bakery in Bakewell is one of the few places that still makes fresh Tharf Cake.
Feeling inspired by these recipes? Why not get your hands on some of our oatcakes and get creative with some of the topping recommendations.