Old school pudding recipes are very much for a specific type of person. The sort of person, of a certain age like myself, whose fondest memory of their school days was dinner time and dessert.
The specific sort of person for whom which school pudding was being served could make or break a day. The thought of a pot full of custard, pink or otherwise, slowly gaining a skin will still put a smile on their face!
That and the memory of looking down the queue of kids to see trays of crumble or a whole side of sprinkle-covered sponge! Bliss.
Now, if this wasn’t your memory of old school puddings or worse, like I was for a while, you had been given a packed lunch and yoghurt for your pudding, then we’re sorry!
All that being said, we think the classic old school pudding is a very British thing, do let us know if we’re wrong, but the puddings made in British Schools during the 70s/80s and 90s were some of the best in the world.
Yet despite this acclaim, you’ll rarely see them in a restaurant or on Masterchef, bake off at best! They’re possibly deemed too old school or just childish puddings perhaps; we’re not sure.
We aim to change this.
Bringing you the best school pudding recipes will make the delicious relevant once again. We want to put these puddings back on the map, back on the menu and, best of all, back on your table. The world deserves to know about these fantastic old school puds!
This Cornflake Tart recipe is the perfect nostalgic throwback to school dinner puddings in the United Kingdom. It's a simple and easy recipe that'll bring back memories to older ones and smiles to younger ones. We love this delicious Cornflake Tart served with a lot of warm custard.
This list of school pudding classics had to have a crumble in it. Is there a more iconic British school pudding, or even just British pudding? It almost doesn't matter what fruit is involved; it's all about the 'crumble' element!
We've added a little Scottishness to this crumble and gone with the wonderful taste combination of Rhubarb and Pear.
Ok, so we know Tipsy Laird isn't exactly a school pudding, mainly due to the whisky it includes. However, the Tipsy Laird's cousin, the English Trifle, certainly was. But as a Scottish food website, it's the Scottish Trifle that we'll feature. Made by using whisky to soak the sponge instead of the usual sherry, though perhaps not at school. You can also use Scottish raspberries and Scottish raspberry jam too!
This Scottish dessert is great at Christmas time, Hogmanay, or Burns Night but enjoyable all year, too, of course. And now, as children of the 70s/80s/90s, we can all partake in a wee dram from time to time, so Tipsy Laird should become your Trifle go-to!
A Butterscotch Tart, tasting like browned butter, caramelised cream, and sugar, has been known as many things in different schools over the years. Whatever you called it, it was always popular!
This old school pudding may seem old-fashioned to some, but it's a classic that can easily be made modern with different decorations and thoroughly delicious too! Sweet to the point of too sweet and with a slice that can seem too much for some. But show it to a group of school kids, and this pudding gets demolished.
My Grandma used to make this all the time when I was growing up, and it was one of my favourites. It was also popular at school made on a larger scale, making use of an abundance of apples and dinner ladies ability to mass-produce Victoria sponge
As well as Eve's Pudding, this simple dessert is also known as Mother Eve's Pudding or even just plain Apple Sponge Pudding.
It's a bit like an apple crumble, although I think it's even easier to make. Eve's Pudding has the same stewed apples but is topped with a Victoria Sponge-like topping instead of a crumble.
Flies' Graveyard, Flies' Cemetery, Scottish Fruit Slice, Fruit Square, whatever you want to call it, this was a schoolyard favourite! This easy bake is reminiscent of fruit mince pies, but it's a quick version to make and best enjoyed at any time of the year.
We remember these being served at break time in a paper bag or after lunch covered in custard. Kids being kids, the concept of eating flies never lost its humour in the same way that eating these never loses its appeal.
What is School Cake? It’s a basic vanilla sponge cake recipe with water icing and sprinkles. We have sometimes seen it sliced in two horizontally with jam in the middle, but mostly it’s just as is! It often came served with custard too.
School Cake has a few different names. Sometimes it’s called Old School Cake, Retro School Cake, School Dinner Cake, School Cake Traybake, sometimes literally Sponge Cake with Sprinkles, Sprinkle Sponge, or Sprinkle Cake.
Whatever you call it, it's simple to make, straight out of the 80s and delicious!
Another one that is more of a "tuck shop" product than maybe a school pudding is the humble Pineapple Tart. As tasty as it is yellow, this simple tart was a hugely popular treat for kids in Scotland and further afield.
You'll now find these delicious little tarts in bakeries across Scotland and sometimes in cafes. If you're a visitor, you might not even realise that they are pineapple flavoured! A simple pastry tart base filled with whipped cream and a sweet pineapple jam, covered in garish yellow icing! What's not to love?
If you had school dinners, this is a school pudding you would certainly recognise! Jam and Coconut Sponge is a simple sponge cake with jam spread over the top and a generous sprinkle of desiccated coconut added to top it all off.
Serve with a big jug of custard (pink custard even!), and you’ll be sure to invoke memories in anyone who went to school here a while back!
Coconut and Jam Sponge is an easy bake to make, and it serves plenty if it’s made as a traybake. It can be served cold or warmed up, with or without custard, so it’s a great option for feeding the kids, and adults alike.
Macaroni Pudding is a delicious British classic. It's a milk pudding similar to a Rice Pudding, with a delicious creamy sauce covering the macaroni. It's a family favourite, and this recipe is as close to my Grandma's as we can get!
The Best School Pudding Recipes
Here are the 12 best and most delicious School Pudding Recipes we've made. Just click on the name of the pud you want to try, and you'll be whisked away on a wonderfully nostalgic baking journey, straight to the recipe!
Enjoy, and be sure to let us know which one you remember the best and any we've forgotten!
Click on one of the above school pudding recipes. Make, Eat, Repeat!
Want More Than School Pudding Recipes?
If you’re looking for more British Classics than our school pudding recipes, that’s no problem! We have a website full of them. Here are just a few sweet and savoury British/Scottish classics to get your mouth watering: