Not being English, I'm only partly certain that the English call dessert pudding. However, since I can't really find a reference to that from the Regency Era, I'm sticking with dessert. I did find a great site on Regency desserts to use for the pivitol unmasking scene. Here's a bit more on the history of the tart straight from their site. Though they claim it was invented in 1820, I wonder if it's the recipe they use today versus the one they'd always used.
I decided to use Bakewell Tart, which I've copied from Finoa's A Woman of Notes blog here.
The Bakewell Tart was supposedly invented at The Rutland Arms in Bakewell. It is claimed that Jane Austen stayed there in 1811 and she based Lambton in “Pride and Prejudice” on the town.
It contains ground almonds, jam and lemon - delicious. I even made this in a gluten free version and it still worked! My icing came out a bit wonky though ...
Sounds pretty tastey, but I have to say, I'm definitely going to try this one!
"Take a pt of cream with a spoonfull scrapt chocolate boyle them well together mix with ye yolks of 2 eggs & thicken & mill it on ye fier then pour it into your chocolate cups"