Edible Fiction: Downton Abbey

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Edible Fiction: <i>Downton Abbey</i>

Downton Abbey was a series that transported viewers to a bygone era, showing us what it was like to live in a castle, wear evening clothes, and to eat and prepare Edwardian cuisine. The kitchen staff was an integral part of the show, and the heavily researched food they prepared even had their own food stylist, Lisa Heathcote.

In the kitchen, Mrs. Patmore would work away planning the elaborate meals. Then those meals would be brought from downstairs to upstairs for the family of the house to enjoy. Countless scenes have been shot in the kitchen and at the dining table in Downton, and it’s hard to imagine how there would have even been a show without the food. Many chefs have been inspired by the series, and we’ve collected meals and desserts from bloggers who’ve shown us how to bring a little bit of castle flavor to the home kitchen.

1. Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies, by Sugar and Soul

2. Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef and Horseradish, by Bakin’ Bit

3. Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup, by Taste and Tell

4. Chilled Fat Free Tomato and Dill Mousse, by Downton Abbey Cooks

5. Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Scones, by The Brunette Baker

6. Mrs. Patmore’s Raspbery Meringue, by The Cake Merchant

7. Christmas Thumprints, by I Should Be Mopping the Floor

8. Cucumber Snacks, by Bakin’ Bit

9. Stuffed Pork Tenderloins, by Downton Abbey Cooks

10. Downton Abbey Tea, by The Republic of Tea

Madina Papadopoulos is a New York-based freelance writer, author and regular contributor to Paste. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.