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Trips & Adventures – 28 March 2019

What a fantastic day in Bakewell – although we didn’t solve the question about pudding or tart. References to “Bakewell pudding” appear earlier than the term “Bakewell tart”, which entered common usage in the 20th century.

Bakewell pudding or Bakewell Tart?

One of the earliest verifiable examples of a Bakewell pudding recipe comes from The Magazine of Domestic Economy issued in London in 1836. Eliza Acton published a recipe in her 1845 work Modern Cookery for Private Families and Mrs Beeton published two recipes for Bakewell pudding, one which used a pastry base and one which used breadcrumbs, in her book The Book of Household Management in 1861.

We had a fantastic lunch in the Red Lion – we all agreed the chips were the best ever!

The Bakewell Old House Museum is a hidden gem at the top of a very steep hill. We were greeted by the receptionist: “Have you got your breath back yet?” We explored the Tudor building’s eleven beamed rooms, with wattle and daub screens, great open fireplaces and massive beamed ceilings.

The building and objects tell the story of life in rural and industrial Bakewell. The eclectic collection includes medical equipment, historic toys and games, antique cameras, colourful ceramics and an elephant’s foot! Sadly, the elephant escaped from a visiting circus and was shot. We found the Tudor toilet:

As usual we found an opportunity to try on a few items of clothing. The day was finished with a rummage round some of the second hand shops, an excellent award winning ice cream and some Bakewell tart (or is that pudding?)

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