Nadiya Hussain explores her favourite food from Yorkshire

Nadiya Hussain enjoying fruitcake and Wensleydale cheese at Malham Cove

Nadiya Hussain enjoying fruitcake and Wensleydale cheese at Malham Cove - Credit: BBC/Outline Productions

The Great British Bake Off star has shared her favourite food and places to eat in Yorkshire.


In an interview with Yorkshire Life in 2017, we asked Nadiya what she loved about Yorkshire food and the county’s cooking traditions. She said: ‘It’s all about the food and the traditions whatever region you visit and Yorkshire is no different. Since living there I have learned the people are very proud of what their region has produced. Some of my favourites are Parkin, Yorkshire puddings, Wensleydale cheese, rhubarb and who can forget Fat Rascals.’


In a new BBC programme called Remarkable Places To Eat, the TV chef takes host Fred Sirieix to experience the places in Yorkshire where she loves to eat and looks at some of the diverse range of foods on offer in the county.


The pair pay a visit to the iconic Bettys Tea Rooms in Harrogate, to marvel at their famous afternoon tea service, before going on try her favourite treat: Fat Rascals. For those who don't know, Fat Rascals, are a scone-like cake packed with dried fruit and adorned with a glace cherry and almond smiley face, over 2,000 are sold in the Harrogate branch every week. 

Recipe: Yorkshire fat rascals


They also visit Anand's Sweets in the Harehills area of Leeds, a vegetarian and egg-free eatery that specialises in handmade Indian sweets and vegan savouries and curries. The family-run cafe and takeaway produce over 150,000 samosas every year, often served with tamarind and coriander chutney dips.

Fred and Nadiya try a samosa chaat, a typical Indian street food, that comprises of a crumbled samosa, and a chickpea curry infused with paprika and spices, In a perfect fusion of Yorkshire and Asian cultures, it's all washed down with a cup of masala chai, a tea infused with spices, more often than not, cardamom.

Nadiya Hussain and Fred Sirieix at Anand;s Sweets in Leeds

Nadiya Hussain and Fred Sirieix at Anand;s Sweets in Leeds - Credit: BBC/Outline Productions

You couldn't have a culinary exploration of Yorkshire without seafood, so the next place to visit is Saltburn-on-Sea to try the crab brioche with fries at the appropriately named Seaview Restaurant. 

The foodies also take a trip to Malham Cove, to enjoy a cup of tea and join the debate on whether fruitcake should be eaten with cheese.

It's a combination that baffles many people from outside the county, but most locals swear by this marriage of contrasting taste and textures, with Christmas cake and Wensleydale being a popular choice.


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Recipe: Yorkshire fat rascals

Recipe: Yorkshire Parkin


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