The perfect pudding for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be chosen by Dame Mary Berry.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be commemorated by Dame Mary Berry’s creation of a national pudding.
The Queen of Baking will head a judging panel to find the perfect Platinum Pudding to commemorate the monarch’s 70-year reign, according to Buckingham Palace.
Royal aides hope that whatever is chosen will be enjoyed by those attending the jubilee’s 200,000 bank holiday weekend street parties and other events this summer – as well as by the nation as a whole.
MasterChef judge Monica Galetti and Palace head chef Mark Flanagan will join the television chef in whittling down the entries to a bake-off final of five.
“I’m ecstatic to be panel chair for this exciting competition to create the perfect pudding for the Queen, and to work alongside such a wonderful team of judges,” Dame Mary said.
I wish everyone who enters a great time.
“All the best to them,” I say.
Mr Flanagan, who has been in charge of the Palace kitchen for 20 years and oversees a staff of more than 50, offered his own advice to those considering entering.
“Less is more.
“Don’t try to cram too many flavors or textures into one dish,” he advised.
“Think subtle and elegant, not fussy and overly complicated.”
Most of us consider a pudding or cake to be a treat, so bring out the flavors.”
Cooking writers Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume created coronation chicken to commemorate the Queen’s coronation in June 1953.
Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Princess Victoria, married Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884, and the Battenberg cake was created to commemorate the occasion.
Victoria sponge, named after the slice of cake Queen Victoria enjoyed with her afternoon tea, is still served at Buckingham Palace garden parties.
Since Victoria gave it her stamp of approval, the Queen of Puddings has become a national favorite.
The new creation will now be added to the country’s royal recipe book.
The competition is being organized by London store Fortnum and Mason and The Big Jubilee Lunch, and it will be open for entries until February 4th.