An early handwritten recipe for the Bakewell pudding has come to light at the Derbyshire County Council's Record Office in Matlock which predates any claims made in Bakewell. An ancient cookery and domestic book has a recipe for the Bakewell pudding which could prove it was baked much earlier than previously believed.
The Bakewell Pudding recipe appears on page 95 of a cookery book compiled by Clara Palmer-Morewood and clearly dated 1837, making it possibly the first ever documented version of the Bakewell pudding.
The discovery of this recipe may lead us closer to the truth behind the legend of the Bakewell pudding.
This may give us a clue of how the ‘mistake’ was made at the Rutland Arms and what the secret ingredient is?
Derbyshire County Council leader and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer said, "The date makes it a very special recipe as it is one of the earliest written references to the famous local dish, popularly accepted to have been invented in the 1860s. There are mentions of it much earlier, but this appears to be the first time the recipe is documented."
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