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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Counting Down the Top Ten for 2014 . . .

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 It's hard to believe but here we are at the end of 2014!  I hope you have had a lovely Christmas or whatever holiday it is that you celebrate at this time of year.  I thought it would be fun to close the year out sharing the recipes which have been the ten most popular recipes in The English Kitchen this year!  I know which ones have been my favourite and some of them are in the list, but there are a few surprises as well.   Which one was your favourite?   I'd love to know but without further adieu, here we go . . .

In 10th place we have . . .

Butter Baked Cod.  I am surprised that this is in the top ten, but not altogether surprised that it's a favourite.   This is fish at it's best.  Tender, delicious and buttery, and one of my favourite ways to cook fish.  You can use this recipe for any mild flavoured, firm fleshed white fish.

In 9th place . . .

Black Currant Drizzle Cake.  This delicious moist cake is a real favourite around here.  You don't have to top it with black currants.  You can top it with an equal amount of whatever your favourite fruit is or what is in season.   Perfect for celebrating, tea parties or just enjoying with your mid morning cuppa.

In 8th place  . . .

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Cauliflower, Potato and Cheddar Bake.  Simple to make too . . . boiled potato, cauliflower and onion, layered with cheese and thyme, with a bit of stock added. Proof positive that it is often the simple things in life which bring us the most pleasure.

In 7th place . . .


Nigel's Sweet and Hot Plum Chutney.  No surprise here.  Anything associated with Nigel Slater is sure to be fabulously tasty.  Perfect with cold meats and cheeses or the ever popular Ploughman's Lunch.

Coming up in 6th place . . .

Sticky Toffee Cake.  Unlike the pudding of the same name, this sticky date cake is slathered with a delicious caramel frosting rather than a sticky sauce.   Every bit as delicious however . . .

Eaten out of hand or with a fork and spoon.   Scrumptious!

Halfway there are number 5 . . .

Another chutney.  Spicy Plum Chutney.   Slightly different than the other one, this version is no less pleasing.  Delicious.

Coming up at number 4 . . .

Baked Corned Beef Hash.  Not surprised this is so popular.  Delicious.  Economical.   Family pleasing.  Simple to make.

Sitting at number 3 . . .

Beans on Toast.  Now this comes at a complete surprise.  Not because it isn't good.  It's a real favourite of ours, but that it's also popular with you all.  I think it must be the cheesy toast that tips it over the edge!

Number 2 . . .

The very British Toad in the Hole.   With it's yorkshire pudding base, meaty sausages and onion gravy, this is a real family pleaser.  We like it with mashed potatoes and a vegetable on the side.

Coming in at Number 1  . . .  can we have a drum roll here?

No surprise here at all . . .  Fudge Brownie Pie.  Not only is this the top recipe on the blog for this year, but it has consistently been the top recipe on the blog ever since I first posted it back in 2010!  Not only is it one of the most popular recipes on the web, and one of the most pinned, but it is also (in my opinion) one of the most delicious recipes ever!  With it's fudgy chocolate brownie like base . . .  stogged full of toasted nuts . . .  it's marshmallow topping . . .  and crowning touch of chocolate fudge icing, this one pleases full stop!

And there you have it.   The top ten recipes in The English Kitchen as chosen by you the readers.   I can't wait to cook up some more deliciousness for you all in 2015.  Maybe we'll come up with another top ten recipe!

Happy New Year and all the best to you!


  1. Marie this sticky toffe cake look amazing!
    Love these recipes!
    Happy new year!

  2. Oh Marie, I couldn't possibly pick a favourite!
    As you know I just LOVE Sticky Toffee Pudding and I wanted to make one for Boxing Day when all the family were here but my girls were bringing desserts so we'd have had too much to use up...and we know who by!!
    Happy New Year to you all! xxx

  3. Happy New Year to you and Pete also Pat! I hope and pray 2015 is good to you! xoxo

  4. Thank you for a wonderful year of delicious recipes. I look forward to reading your blog every morning and have cooked lots of lovely food thanks to you.
    Happy new year, Pam.

  5. All your recipes are winners!
    I thank you to for every recipe you share here.
    You are so constant..:)
    It's a lovely ..loyalty.

  6. Pam, thank you so much for your lovely comment! It really makes me happy to know that people appreciate my efforts. Happy New Year to you and your family also! xoxo

  7. MOnique, you are such a kind dear friend. I appreciate your appreciation! Happy New Year! xoxo


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