Can You Pass This Very British Food Quiz?

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Much of Britain’s cuisine was defined during the post-war period when ingredients weren’t as readily available. The rest is a mixture of treats inspired by the royals, alongside “adopted” delicacies from other countries.

Today, many of the foods on this quiz can be found all over the world. But, let's be real. Is there anything quite like having a traditional British meal in its place of birth? Have you experienced some of Britain’s most iconic dishes? Would you be able to identify them if you were given pictures? There’s really only one way to find out!

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1. Head to a pub to enjoy one of Britain’s iconic comfort foods:

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  1. Tamale
  2. Bangers and mash
  3. Fondue
  4. Crepes
Bangers and mash, sometimes called sausage and mash, is a British dish comprised of pork, lamb, or beef sausages and mash potatoes. It is commonly served with fried onions and gravy.
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2. Have you tried this dessert pie made by combining toffee, cream, and bananas?

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  1. Tres Leches
  2. Banoffee pie
  3. Key lime pie
  4. Chicken pot pie
Banoffee pie is an English dessert pie made from combining bananas, cream, and toffee on a buttery biscuit base. Some people like to add chocolate and coffee sauce.
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3. Despite its name, this picnic food won't get you tipsy:

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  1. Risotto
  2. Chimichanga
  3. Scotch egg
  4. Lobster roll
A Scotch egg is a popular British picnic food. You make it by wrapping a whole, hard, or soft-boiled egg in meat. Then, you coat it in breadcrumbs before baking or deep-frying it.
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4. Which "seasonal" dessert consists of layers of bread and berries?

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  1. Summer pudding
  2. Red velvet cake
  3. Apple pie
  4. Cornbread
Summer pudding is a British dessert made from sliced white bread, fruit, and fruit juices. Once assembled, the dessert is left to soak overnight, then turned out onto a plate.
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5. Have you seen British celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay, make this dish?

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  1. Whoopie pie
  2. Beef Wellington
  3. Cheeseburger
  4. Enchilada
Beef Wellington is a pie dish made by putting a fillet steak, pâté, and mushroom mixture filling inside of a puff pastry and then baking it.
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6. This substantial meal includes bacon, sausage, eggs, and baked beans:

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  1. Potato leek soup
  2. Goulash
  3. Full English breakfast
  4. Cheese curds
A full English breakfast is a common British breakfast meal. It consists of bacon, eggs, sausages, black pudding, baked beans, tomatoes, and mushrooms.
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7. If you're visiting Cornwall, try this pastry filled with meat and vegetables:

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  1. Cornish pasty
  2. Cider doughnuts
  3. Empanadas
  4. Banana bread
A Cornish pasty is made by placing uncooked meat and vegetables into a shortcrust pastry. The pasty is so famous that it now has "Protected Geographical Indication" status in Europe.
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8. Don't "mess" with this dessert!

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  1. Fruit salad
  2. Pad Thai
  3. Ice cream
  4. Trifle
Trifle is a dessert made of layers of fruit and sponge fingers soaked in sherry, then layers of custard. Did you know that it evolved from another dessert called "fool"?
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9. Whatever you do, don't skip out on this British ritual:

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  1. Afternoon tea
  2. Sugar cream pie
  3. Eggs benedict
  4. Black forest cake
Afternoon tea is an English custom that dates back to the 15th century. It consists of biscuits, small cakes, and a variety of teas.
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10. Which British staple is named after its principal ingredients?

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  1. Pho
  2. Fried catfish
  3. Mashed potato
  4. Steak and kidney pie
Steak and kidney pie is filled with a mixture of beef and either lamb or pork kidney. In British vernacular, it is commonly called "snake and kiddy pie".
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11. If you've got stomach problems, pick up a pack of:

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  1. Chocolate cookies
  2. Macrons
  3. Digestive biscuits
  4. Gingerbread squares
Did you know that the digestive biscuit was developed by two Scottish doctors back in 1839? The McVitie’s variety is the best-selling biscuit in the United Kingdom.
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12. Indulge in this crispy, fried classic, typically served wrapped in old newspaper...

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  1. Pierogi
  2. Laksa
  3. Fish and chips
  4. Masala dosa
Fish and chips is a popular take-away food in the United Kingdom. It consists of battered fish and chips (french fries). As of 2009, there were approximately 10,000 shops across the UK.
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13. Breakfast isn't the same without THIS, commonly served with jam and or clotted cream:

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  1. Laksa
  2. Banh mi
  3. Turnover
  4. Scone
A scone is a sweet, baked pastry, made from wheat or oatmeal. Scones are commonly served with jam and whipped or clotted cream.
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14. Minced meat and a mashed potato crust will impress your "sheep-loving" friends!

  1. Pastrami on rye
  2. Butter chicken
  3. Cannoli
  4. Shepherd’s pie
Shepherd’s pie is a savory pie of minced meat with a mashed potato topping or pastry crust. There are several variations, but most of them contain minced, red meat.
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15. Make this "chilly" dessert by wrapping sponge cake around ice cream and raspberry sauce!

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  1. Tiramisu
  2. Croissant
  3. Lava cake
  4. Arctic roll
An arctic roll is a British dessert usually made of vanilla ice cream, wrapped in a layer of sponge cake and raspberry-flavored sauce.
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16. Is it Good Friday again? Pick up some sweet and spicy:

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  1. Hot-cross buns
  2. Samosas
  3. Dumplings
  4. Cheesesteaks
A hot-cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with different fruits and topped with icing. The icing, shaped as a cross, is meant to represent the crucifixion of Jesus.
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17. Despite its name, this food is NOT a dessert!

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  1. Clam chowder
  2. Chicken tenders
  3. Black pudding
  4. Boshintang
Black pudding, also known as blood sausage, is a British dish made from pork blood, pork fat, and a type of cereal. The recipe dates back to the 15th century.
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18. Don’t worry, they don't use real frogs to make this age-old dish...

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  1. Deep-fried olives
  2. Submarine sandwich
  3. Ceviche
  4. Toad in a hole
Also called sausage toad, "toad in a hole" is a traditional English dish consisting of sausage in a Yorkshire pudding batter.
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19. Which cake, named after royalty, can be enjoyed with jam or on its own?

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  1. Pound cake
  2. Lemon cake
  3. Victoria sponge
  4. Chocolate cake
The Victoria sponge, which is named after Queen Victoria, is a version of a sponge cake. It is traditionally served by sandwiching jam and cream between two cake layers.
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20. Which breakfast specialty is named for the sound its ingredients make while cooking?

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  1. Pumpkin soup
  2. Eggs and ham
  3. Bubble and squeak
  4. Poke
"Bubble and squeak" is a British breakfast dish made using potatoes and cabbage. It can also include carrot, peas, and Brussel sprouts.
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21. What cookie do you need to buy to make trifles, tiramisu, and charlottes?

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  1. Chocolate chip cookie
  2. Ice cream sandwich
  3. Sponge finger
  4. Snickerdoodle
Sponge fingers, also known as ladyfingers, are dry, egg-based biscuits commonly used in many desserts.
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22. What are these griddled cakes called?

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  1. Satay
  2. Quiche
  3. Toasted ravioli
  4. Crumpets
Crumpets are a small griddle cake made from milk, flour, and yeast batter. They are usually eaten with butter or any sweet and savory toppings.
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23. If you were poor in Victorian London, you would have eaten this traditional dish:

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  1. Baked potato
  2. Jellied eel
  3. Rice pudding
  4. Onion rings
This highly nutritious British food was cheap and readily available. (Eels used to swim up the Thames river). It became a popular staple for London’s poor in the 1800s.
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24. It sounds and tastes like something out of your childhood!

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  1. Crab cakes
  2. Crab rangoon
  3. Shrimp scampi
  4. Jam roly-poly
Jam roly-poly, also called "dead man’s arm", is a British dessert consisting of suet pudding spread with jam. It is then rolled, steamed, or baked.
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25. What Americans call potato chips, the British call:

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  1. Moules frites
  2. Crisps
  3. Beignet
  4. Poutine
Crisps, also known as potato chips, are thinly-sliced potatoes that have been deep-fried or baked until they are crunchy.
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26. It’s not an animal, even though it sounds like one...

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  1. Sweet and sour chicken
  2. Welsh rarebit
  3. Arepas
  4. Crème brulee
Welsh rarebit is a traditional dish made with a savory sauce of melted cheese, ale, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. This is poured over slices of toasted bread, served like fondue.
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27. Soak this food overnight, then boil it before serving:

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  1. Fried zucchini blossoms
  2. Aguachido
  3. Mushy peas
  4. Calzone
Mushy peas are marrowfat peas, soaked overnight in water with baking soda before being boiled and simmered until mushy.
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28. Any fruit can be used in this soft and crunchy dessert:

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  1. Vanilla mille-feuille
  2. Moussaka
  3. Crumble
  4. Steamed clams
Crumble is a sweet or savory dish containing stewed fruit, topped by a crumbly mixture of butter, flour, and sugar. It is baked in the oven until the top is crunchy.
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29. These pork-filled pastries are called...

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  1. Scallops
  2. Chicken kebabs
  3. Sausage rolls
  4. Lemon meringue pies
A sausage roll is a pastry sold in bakeries across the United Kingdom. Miniature versions are commonly served as party appetizers.
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30. Treat yourself to this "baked" delicacy, made using jam and frangipani in a shortcrust pastry!

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  1. Tangine
  2. Satay
  3. Pork noodles
  4. Bakewell tart
A Bakewell tart is an English dessert consisting of layers of jam, frangipane, and topped with flaked almonds. It is the variant of a Bakewell pudding.
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31. All you need is rice, milk, and sugar to whip up a mouth-watering...

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  1. Rice pudding
  2. Custard
  3. Gumbo
  4. Banana cream pie
Rice pudding is a dessert made of a rice, cinnamon, and raisin mixture. While it can be served at any temperature, it is usually served cold as a dessert.
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32. Which of these desserts is made with bread and raisins mixed into an egg custard?

  1. Bread and butter pudding
  2. Gyoza
  3. Dumplings
  4. Arepas
Bread and butter pudding is a twist on classic bread pudding. It is made by layering slices of buttered bread with raisins in an egg custard mixture.
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33. Even though it's an Indian dish, it’s extremely popular in the United Kingdom:

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  1. Garlic bread
  2. French toast
  3. Pavlova
  4. Chicken tikka masala
Chicken tikka masala is a dish that originated in the Indian subcontinent but is extremely popular in the United Kingdom. It consists of chunks of roasted curried chicken in a curry sauce.
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34. Fill your shortcrust with golden syrup, breadcrumbs, and lemon juice to make:

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  1. Treacle tart
  2. Peach pie
  3. Strawberry shortcake
  4. Ceviche
Treacle tart is a British dessert that dates back to the 19th century. It is commonly served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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35. Don't plan on staying "clean" if served this sweet dessert!

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  1. Chocolate
  2. French onion soup
  3. Eton mess
  4. Orange chicken
"Eton mess" is a traditional dessert which dates bake to 1893 and is thought to have originated in Eton College. It consists of a mixture of berries, meringue, and whipped cream.
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36. This is the British version of an Indian dish, Kichari:

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  1. Swedish meat balls
  2. Kedgeree
  3. Chocolate turtle cheesecake
  4. Ravioli
Kedgeree, spelled multiple ways, is a dish consisting of a flaked fish, boiled rice, hard-boiled eggs, and curry powder.
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37. Got mutton, onions, sliced potatoes, and a little heat? Make:

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  1. Butter chicken
  2. Smoked brisket
  3. Lancashire hotpot
  4. Green bean casserole
Lancashire hotpot is a stew from Lancashire, England. It is made using lamb or mutton and onions. It's topped with sliced potatoes.
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38. Careful! This sponge cake might get "stuck" to the roof of your mouth!

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  1. Coffee cake
  2. Churros
  3. Sticky toffee pudding
  4. Salted caramel ice cream
Sticky toffee pudding is a British dessert made of a moist sponge cake covered in toffee sauce and topped with vanilla ice cream or custard.
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39. This tasty dish is made from an edible seaweed!

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  1. BLT
  2. Calzone
  3. Laverbread
  4. Buffalo wings
Traditionally eaten as part of a Welsh breakfast, laverbread is a type of seaweed commonly found around the west coast of Great Britain.
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40. Yum! This food owes its dotted pattern to the dried fruit inside of it:

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  1. Vanilla milkshake
  2. Gyro
  3. Spotted dick
  4. Zabaglione
Spotted dick, also called "spotted dog", is a traditional British pudding made with dried fruit. It is typically served with custard.
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41. No winter in Wales is complete without this appetizer:

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  1. Welsh cawl
  2. Moonpie
  3. Beef curry
  4. Rice pudding
Cawl is a Welsh dish traditionally eaten during the winter months. The traditional recipe includes salted bacon or beef and vegetables.
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42. This English Christmas treat is named after the "meat" of its fruity filling. What is it?

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  1. Ginger snap
  2. Falafel
  3. Taco
  4. Mince pie
A mince pie is a sweet pie filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices, known as "mincemeat". It is traditionally served during the holiday season.
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43. Do you know what sheep’s pluck is? This Scottish pudding is full of it:

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  1. Buritto
  2. Turkey stuffing
  3. Biscuit and gravy
  4. Haggis
Haggis is a savory pudding that contains sheep’s pluck, which is the internal organs of a sheep, specifically the liver, lungs, and heart. Traditional haggis is encased in a sheep’s stomach.
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44. What do you call these flaky treats named after a town in Greater Manchester?

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  1. Eccles cakes
  2. Chocolate chip cookies
  3. Mozzarella sticks
  4. Butteries
An Eccles cake is a round cake that is filled with currants in a buttery and flaky pastry, before being topped with demerara sugar. The treat is named after the town of Eccles in Greater Manchester.
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45. What is the name of this oily, butterflied fish?

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  1. Custard tart
  2. Lasagna
  3. Samosa
  4. Kipper
Kipper is the name of a herring which has been split in two (butterfly fashion) and is cold-smoked over wood chips.
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46. This popular sticky spread is made using yeast extract. “You’ll either love it or hate it...”

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  1. Pumpkin pie
  2. Marshmallow fluff
  3. Marmite
  4. Sushi
Marmite is a food spread that is made from yeast extract as a by-product of beer brewing. Because of its distinctive taste, it’s marketing slogan is “love it or hate it”.
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47. Got potatoes, cabbage, onions, and cheese? Make:

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  1. Rumbledethumps
  2. Hummus
  3. Chicken teriyaki
  4. Pork fried rice
Rumbledethumps may be hard to pronounce, but according to locals, it tastes amazing. It is made using potato, cabbage, onion, and cheese.
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48. Despite its name, you don't have to wait to eat this dish until nightfall!

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  1. Falafel
  2. Stargazy pie
  3. Baklava
  4. Club sandwich
Stargazy pie is a dish, originally from Cornwall, which is made of baked sardines, eggs, and potatoes. Fish heads generally protrude from the crust, "stargazing".
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49. What's a hearty Scottish soup made from haddock, potatoes, and onions?

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  1. Beef stew
  2. Tomato soup
  3. Cullen skink
  4. Wonton soup
Named after the town of Cullen on the northeast coast of Scotland, Cullen skink is a thick Scottish soup made from smoked haddock, potatoes, and onion.
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50. This common side dish is made from a batter of eggs, flour, milk, and water:

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  1. Peking duck
  2. Falafel
  3. Yorkshire pudding
  4. Knafeh
Yorkshire pudding is a side dish made from flour, milk, and water batter. It can be served with onion gravy and beef as part of the traditional Sunday roast.
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