Remember the platinum pudding competition launched by the department store Fortnum & Mason and The Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate the 70th Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom a few months ago? Amazingly there were more than 5,000 entries by people in the age of 8 to 108, and I can imagine it was very hard to choose the five best “puddings”. Kathryn MacLennan, Jemma Melvin, Sam Smith, Shabnam Russo and Susan Gardner – all women and amateur bakers – created their desserts again and presented them to a jury chaired by British star baking lady Dame Mary Berry, the executive pastry chef of Fortnum & Mason Roger Pizey, TV presenter and MasterChef Monica Galetti, author and baker Jane Dunn, author and TV presenter Rahul Mandal (who won the Great British Bake Off 2018), culinary historian and author Regula Wsewijn and pastry chef Matt Adlard.
They had the difficult task to choose the winner of 2022, announced in a BBC One tv-broadcast in the evening of 12 May 2022 by The Duchess of Cornwall. After the coronation chicken and the Victoria sponge the Platinum Pudding 2022, the newest royal recipe is the lemon & amaretti trifle by Jemma Melvin. The trifle is made with layers of lemon curd swiss roll, custard, jelly, a mandarin coulis and amaretti biscuits.
She was inspired by the lemon posset served at the wedding of the Queen to Prince Philip in November 1947, at least that is what former royal chef Darren McGrady once said. The menu online for the wedding breakfast just says “dessert”. CBC once had a great article about royal wedding feasts that only mentioned the dessert existed of fresh fruit.
I am not quite sure how easy the recipe is, despite of the fact that the dish should be recreatable by viewers at home. I guess at least Swiss rolls and amaretti cookies can be bought in the supermarket too, which makes it a bit easier. But for anyone who is thinking of baking something special here are all five delicious looking recipes, including tips and small videos.
- Lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle
- Passionfruit and thyme frangipane tart
- Four Nations Pudding
- Rose falooda cake
- Jubilee bundt cake
The recipes can also be downloaded here.