Trip to Derbyshire Part 3: Cakes and bakes

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It would be a terrible cliché to write about the food of Derbyshire and talk about the county’s most famous culinary export, the Bakewell tart, but I’m going to carry on regardless.

Reasonable imitations are widely available, but like so many foods, tracing them back to their source pilgrim-fashion makes them much more enjoyable.  Or in the case of the Bakewell tart, less sweet, as the pastry isn’t enriched with sugar and the almond filling isn’t sweetened to the same extent as marzipan which is what you often get from the supermarket’s offerings.  The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop claims the most authentic, using strawberry jam (not raspberry, or apricot as Mary Berry uses in her 1983 book, Fast Desserts) and it’s one of a long list of local puddings and desserts, but I’d hazard a guess that Bakewell’s took off thanks to the very marketable name…

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