Bedfordshire clanger

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Bedfordshire clanger
Bedfordshire Clanger.jpg
Place of origin United Kingdom
Region or state Bedfordshire
Main ingredients suet pastry; meat, potatoes, vegetables; jam, sweetened apple or other fruit
Cookbook: Bedfordshire clanger  Media: Bedfordshire clanger

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. It is traditionally steamed but maybe baked for robustness. The crust was not originally intended for consumption but to protect the fillings from the soiled hands of the workers.

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 of the 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 entirely savoury, dish comes from Buckinghamshire. Known as the Buckinghamshire Bacon Badger, it is made from bacon, potatoes and onions which are enclosed in a pastry case.[1]

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

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