Desserts are having a moment. Last year saw foodies queueing around the block to get their hands on one of Dominique Ansel’s cronuts, piling into Flesh & Buns to instagram a green tea s’more and eating salted caramel everything.
Although pudding has long been considered an after-thought (it literally coming after your main course), it seems as though the dinner tables are turning. Dessert is fast becoming dining out’s raison-d’etre.
With that in mind we spoke to the experts, scoured the reviews and asked our discerning Twitter followers to help us compile a list of the top-ten most mouth-wateringly delicious desserts on Britain's menus.
So, whether you’re looking to stock up your treat cupboard or revitalise your afternoon tea, here’s our list of the best puddings out there.
In no particular order…
This dessert is called 10/10/10 after the score it received at the Great British Menu. Served at Glynn Purnell’s Michelin-starred Birmingham restaurant, Purnell, these eggs are in fact perfectly cooked little crème brûlées (although, they prefer the title 'burnt English custard), with a side of honeycomb. You might break your teeth but it’ll be totally worth it. Crunchy wickedness.
http://www.purnellsrestaurant.com / 0121 212 9799 / BIRMINGHAM
3) WORTH YOUR SALT
If you manage to save room for pudding at Acorn, Bath’s number one vegetarian haven (there’s a challenge for you), then save it for the vegan salted chocolate tart. It might look slight but it’s rich enough to satisfy your chocolate craving for a year. Now served with a crunchy peanut butter sorbet. Prepare for your taste buds to explode.
http://www.acornvegetariankitchen.co.uk / 01225 446 059 / BATH
Yes, we thought they looked a little naughty, too. But these caramalised macadamia nuts double-dipped in milk chocolate are the bees knees. They taste like little drops of popcorn heaven and they’re hand-made every morning at Rumsey’s Chocolatier in Aylesbury. Go get yours.
http://www.rumseys.co.uk / 01296 625 060 / AYLESBURY
5) MISS AMERICAN PIE
These adorable mini American pies from London's Hummingbird Bakery fit right in your hand - which is ideal as you won’t want to share them with anyone. The key lime was our favourite but you could also try the Mississippi mud, pumpkin or pecan ones. Not just for Thanksgiving…
https://hummingbirdbakery.com / LONDON
6) ARTISTIC ECLAIRS
Get these artistic eclairs from The Savoy’s new artisan food shop, Melba. They’re almost, but not quite too beautiful to eat and come in a delicious array of flavours including lychee, rose, raspberry and crème brûlée.
http://www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/dining/melba / 020 7836 4343 / LONDON
7) ICE COOL
Nobody can resist an ice cream at the seaside, least of all us. If you’re in Brighton and you manage to avoid the lure of one hundred ice cream vans, then take yourself for some Italian treats at Boho Gelato. The flavours are what sets this place apart; they’re a little off-beat but it works. White chocolate and cardamom, lemon and poppy seed or strawberry, basil and black pepper. Warning: brain freeze will happen.
http://www.bohogelato.co.uk / 01273 727 205 / BRIGHTON
8) LITTLE MISS PIGGY
This caramel slice has all the foodies talking. The story behind it is that nuns in Portugal used to starch their clothes using egg whites. To avoid wasting the leftover yolks, the nuns concocted an interesting new dessert. Made from egg yolk and…yup…pig fat, it sounds revolting but is actually far from. Imagine cheesecake meets flan meets jelly, served bathing in a spicy port jus. Go to Taberna do Mercado at Old Spitalfield’s Market and ask for the 'Abade de Priscos and port caramel.' Delish.
http://www.tabernamercado.co.uk / email@example.com / LONDON
9) AFTERNOON DELIGHT
Sally Butcher’s Persepolis delicatessen brings the taste of the Middle East to Peckham palettes. It’s an eccentric little place - quirky decor, tables crammed in wherever they can fit and a bustling vibe – offering fresh juices, wraps and mezze platters. Stop by for the Turkish delight sundae, a delightful melee of ice cream, whipped cream, rose petals topped off with, bien sur, Turkish delight. Lip-smacking.
http://foratasteofpersia.co.uk / 020 7639 8007 / LONDON
10) HOME SWEETS HOME
There’s a plethora of scrummy eateries to pick from in Manchester’s artsy Northern Quarter but if you’re asking us, we’d head straight for Home Sweet Home and skip to dessert. The cakes are so beautiful and inventive that we struggled to pick our favourite but we've whittled it down to either the chocolate orange and truffle cake, the party ring cake or the peanut butter cup cake. Nom nom nom.
http://homesweethomenq.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / MANCHESTER