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