Annie and I were having Shepherd's Pie for dinner and were going to watch the new Upstairs Downstairs while eating it, and it seemed to me that a British sort of dessert would be nice to go with it. To me the quintessential British dessert is pudding. This is not from a cookbook or anything, but I don't think British women need official recipes for their puddings.
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
3 Tbs melted butter
1/2 cup coconut (I used Baker's, not desiccated)
1/3 tsp vanilla
handful of dried cherries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Generously butter an 7 inch souffle dish, or something of that nature.
Start putting the ingredients (except for the cherries) into a mixing bowl, stirring with a fork with each addition.
Pour into the buttered dish, and then gently drop the cherries one at a time over the top.
Bake for about 50 minutes.
Eat while still warm, as it's really tasty then. But it's very good later also.