This site is aimed at enthusiastic cooks who want to keep alive Derbyshire recipes and its traditions of tasty cakes, biscuits and puddings.John Dunstan has written a book,"Old Derbyshire Desserts" to bring all the old Derbyshire recipes together. You can contact the author at The finished book is available to purchase through or through Google or Amazon books, either as a book(5.95) or as an e book.Perfect for the internet savvy cook!

John Dunstan first became interested in researching Derbyshire recipes when studying to be a Pastry Chef at Nottingham Clarendon College, after many years living in Australia.
John settled in the village of Turnditch, and began to regularly walk with the Amber Valley Ramblers Club, and soon found out that fresh, locally made traditional Derbyshire cakes and biscuits such as Buxton Pudding, Derbyshire oatcakes,Wirksworth Thor cake and many other historical recipes were not generally available in cafes or shops.
After research in the Derbyshire Local Records Office in Matlock, he decided to bring together as many authentic recipes as he could find and publish them, along with a history of the village or town that they are linked with, and some research into how the recipe originated. The book " Old Derbyshire Desserts" is now available for purchase from or as an ebook through Google or Amazon.The picture shows a delicious baked Stilton cheesecake made from genuine Derbyshire Stilton cheese from the village of Hartington
NEW FOR 2015. A new Edition n its way
John,s next revision of the book will be published in 2015 and feature a model cake of Steam Engine A4 "Sir Nigel Gresley",the streamlined cousin of "Mallard" the world steam record holder. Gresley was the chief engineer of the Midland Railway, and lived in Derbyshire. If you have a special dessert inspired by Derbyshire traditions and culture and would like to have it considered for inclusion, please contact me at