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Retro dessert recipes

Travel back in time with some classic British desserts. These nostalgic favourites include Swiss rolls, Black Forest gateau, profiteroles and banoffee pie.

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Create this retro jelly and custard trifle using cheat’s ingredients. It’s a completely make-ahead dessert, so ideal for a stress-free get together 

30 mins
Easy
84 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Impress your guests with this chocolate cherry layered cream cake - a revamped version of a retro classic.

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
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Combine the classic flavours of coconut, pineapple and rum in this retro pudding that comes with a fabulous custard. A perfect winter dining centrepiece

2 hrs and 50 mins
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Vegetarian
66 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

For a deliciously nostalgic cake, combine a classic flavour combination of orange and chocolate in this retro two-tone bake

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
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Our easy blancmange uses only a handful of thrifty ingredients. This retro, milky dessert is infused with lemon and can be topped with juicy fresh berries.

30 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
33 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Make this cornflake cake for a fabulously easy family dessert that uses simple ingredients. With a pastry case and jam base, it's delicious served with custard

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
39 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Transform a stale loaf into a comforting bread and butter pudding. This traditional British dessert is layered with a rich vanilla custard, dried fruit and lemon zest

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
23 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

A pretty in pink traybake sponge with retro marble icing and a layer of raspberry jam

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
61 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Award-winning writer, Fiona Beckett, shares her recipe for this classic 1970s dessert

50 mins
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2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Follow our step-by-step guide to this retro frozen dessert of vanilla ice cream wrapped in a light sponge cake, with homemade strawberry jam

55 mins
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6 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

Whip up some floating islands at your next dinner party, the retro-cool French dessert featuring crème anglaise, meringue and caramel

45 mins
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Vegetarian
Gluten-free
25 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A lighter version of sticky toffee pudding, rich with dates and spices, and the juicy texture of poached pears, this vegan dessert is sure to please a crowd

1 hr and 15 mins
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Vegan
20 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Steam a traditional fruity sponge pudding with suet, citrus zest and currants then serve in thick slices with hot custard

1 hr and 45 mins
Easy
4 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This make-ahead summer dessert is bursting with intense fruity flavour - set in a classic jelly mould for a retro dinner party centrepiece

25 mins
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Gluten-free
18 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Go retro with this easy and ever-popular dessert that's been given a smart dinner party makeover

15 mins
Easy
9 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

Treat family and friends to a comforting treacle tart with crumbly pastry and rich filling. A classic British dessert, serve with ice cream or clotted cream

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Take this retro meringue dessert to another level by adding edible flower petals, coconut cream, fruit and nuts for even more texture

2 hrs and 5 mins
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Gluten-free
6 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

These easy-to-make, fudgy brownies, complete with retro decoration, marry a much-loved flavour pairing of cherry and chocolate

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
13 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Upside-down cakes make a great tea party centrepiece. This peachy Victorian sponge is definitely no exception

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Serve for dessert or as an afternoon tea, the bakewell tart is a baking classic. We've upped the ante to make the crumbliest pastry and fabulous frangipane

1 hr and 30 mins
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Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Use up a thrifty bag of frozen fruit with our easy, family-sized crumble. Serve with vanilla ice cream, custard or cream for a delicious dessert

35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
35 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Our traditional Battenberg cake is a delicious project for an afternoon in the kitchen. Bake this easy but impressive cake for a special occasion

3 hrs
Easy
6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

We love individual puddings, they add a certain 'Je ne sais quoi' to an occasion. And these fab little meringues are definitely an occasion pudding

21 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
17 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

A layered no-cook dessert with a touch of passion (fruit)

25 mins
Easy
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