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.

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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