Save the great British pudding campaign backed by the National Trust

After a Government Minister called for us to save our great British puddings, the National Trust has announced that they are backing the campaign. After his new appointment in the cabinet reshuffle, Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, has urged Brits to be patriotic when it comes to puddings and to choose traditional British desserts instead of foreign imports.

In an interview he have with Farmer’s Weekly, Paterson said that there was a huge pudding deficit in the UK and we should grab the opportunity to replace foreign puddings with desserts made here. He then encourage diners to turn their backs on the likes of panna cotta and crème brulee, which use dairy products that have been imported, and instead choose such traditional favourites as treacle tart, spotted dick and apple crumble.

The news comes as the National Trust prepares to launch its autumn pudding campaign, with free puddings throughout the month of October with every lunchtime meal purchased in its selected cafes and restaurants.

The flavour of the month will be great British puddings, all made from seasonal ingredients – a reminder to visitors at National Trust places just how good a British pud can be.

A recent National Trust online poll of people’s favourite autumn puddings found that dishes using seasonal ingredients remained the popular first choice, despite the modern trend of year-round food availability using foreign imports*.

Clive Goudercourt, Development Chef for the National Trust, said: “We pride ourselves on baking our own food using the best of British ingredients, many grown on National Trust estates and farms.

“We hope our delicious, home-cooked puddings will inspire people to choose traditional recipes and celebrate Britain’s best food across the seasons.”

Clive added: “British, seasonal food is tastier, fresher and more nutritious. It is better value, better for the environment and better for your wallet.”

Delicious examples of fresh autumn food can be enjoyed for free when customers spend over £5.75 on a main lunchtime meal at over 100 National Trust locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To find out more about this offer, and to download free recipes to help save the Great British pud, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/pudding and download a voucher (offer is valid from Monday 1st October until Wednesday 31st October 2012).

There’s also the chance to walk off those autumn puddings on a Great British Walk with the National Trust. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greatbritishwalk for more information and to download hundreds of free walking routes.