Bedfordshire clanger

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Bedfordshire clanger
Bedfordshire Clanger.jpg
Place of origin United Kingdom
Region or state Bedfordshire
Main ingredient(s) suet pastry; meat, potatoes, vegetables; jam, sweetened apple or other fruit

The Bedfordshire Clanger is a dish from the county of Bedfordshire, in England. It is an elongated suet crust dumpling with a savoury filling at one end and a sweet filling at the other comprising a main course and dessert in one package.

The savoury end is traditionally meat with diced potatoes and vegetables (although a filling without meat is also possible), and the sweet end is usually jam, or sweetened apple or other fruit. Traditionally the top pasty is scored with a few lines to denote the sweet end.

Historically, the Bedfordshire Clanger was made by women for their husbands to take to their agricultural work as a midday meal. The dish is still available at various bakers and served at some hotels, restaurants and local places of interest.

A similar, but savoury, dish comes from Buckinghamshire. It is made from bacon, potatoes and onions which are enclosed in a pastry case.[1]

Cultural Use[edit]

"Dropping a clanger", has made it into the vocabulary in some areas of the UK to express the, (verbal), making of a spectacular mess.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mashiter, Rosa (1989) A Little English Cookbook. Belfast: Appletree Press; pp. 28-31
  2. ^ "Definition". 

External links[edit]

  • [1] Recipe from Bedford, UK