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Six recipes with royal links to serve at a platinum anniversary party

Six recipes with royal links to serve at a platinum anniversary party

After seven decades of service, the Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee this week with a series of events commemorating 70 years on the throne.

In 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II upon the death of her father, King George VI on February 6.

A year later, on June 2, Queen Elizabeth’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey in London, the only British coronation to have been fully televised to date.

While the reign of the monarch was officially recognized on February 6 earlier this year, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations will take place over a four-day anniversary weekend from Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5.

A number of events will take place over the long weekend, from the traditional Trooping the Color parade to a Platinum Party at the Palace concert starring Elton John, Andrea Bocelli and Rod Stewart.

With street parties planned across the country to celebrate the anniversary, you may be looking for some royally-approved recipes for the perfect spread to feast on while watching the events unfold on television.

Check out our collection of recipes with a royal twist to serve over the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Coronation Kip

Of course, what better dish to serve than the one that started it all in 1953 for the Queen’s coronation?

Created by Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume of Cordon Bleu Cookery School, the couple created the dish that would be served at the banquet after the Queen’s coronation.

Cold chicken, often bright yellow in color, is stirred with mayonnaise or crème fraichche and curry powder or paste that give the dish its bright hue. Additions of dried fruit such as apricots or raisins and slivered almonds are sometimes added for extra texture and flavor.

Usually used as a sandwich filling, try something different and top homemade cheese scones with the spicy dish or for an 80’s throwback, pack it in vol au vent cases.

Coronation Chicken was created in 1953 for the Queen's coronation. iStock
Coronation Chicken was created in 1953 for the Queen’s coronation.

Victoria Sandwich

Named after the Queen’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, this classic sponge cake recipe is a staple at any afternoon tea.

Traditionally, the leavening agent in sponge cakes was egg whites, whipped with sugar before the flour was folded in to produce a light and airy cake. However, the Victorian invention of baking powder made these cakes richer with the addition of egg yolks and butter, which allowed sponges to soar to new heights.

Queen Victoria was known to enjoy small sponge cakes with her afternoon tea, leading to the treat being named after her. While more modern versions include jam and buttercream or cream as the filling, the monarch would have simply gone for fruit jam. With a layer of caster sugar, this cake is a classic for a reason.

For a 2022 version, why not borrow the flavors from the Platinum Jubilee Pudding and fill with lemon curd and amaretto whipped cream instead.

Dubonnet and Gin

Reputedly the Queen’s favorite cocktail, serving a round of these drinks at an anniversary gathering is sure to get the royal assent.

Made with two parts Dubonnet and one part gin and served with ice and a lemon wedge, this spicy and slightly spicy drink is also said to be a Queen Mother’s favorite.

The Queen usually drinks this cocktail for lunch, so go downstairs and enjoy a glass before she throws herself into an anniversary celebration.

Queen of the pudding

While this dessert may not have specific royal ties, the name lends itself very well to a celebration of the Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne.

The dish starts with a custard-like layer of breadcrumbs, sugar, butter, eggs and milk, which is baked and then topped with strawberry or raspberry jam. A mountain of meringue is added to the top like a crown and baked until crispy yet soft inside.

For something different, try individual puddings in tins or change the flavor profile with blackberry jam and a meringue flavored with cocoa powder.

Battenberg Cake is said to have been made for the wedding of Prince Louis of Battenberg and Princess Victoria. Battenberg Cake is said to have been made for the wedding of Prince Louis of Battenberg and Princess Victoria. iStock
Battenberg Cake is said to have been made for the wedding of Prince Louis of Battenberg and Princess Victoria.

Battenberg Cake

Immediately recognizable with its small pink and yellow squares surrounded by marzipan, a Battenberg is an ideal addition to an anniversary buffet as it links the families of both Queen Elizabeth and her late husband Prince Philip.

The cake was first made in 1884 and is said to have been made to celebrate the wedding of Prince Louis of Battenberg, Prince Philip’s grandfather, and Princess Victoria, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter.

The name refers to the German city of Battenberg and its noble seat, which Prince Philip’s ancestors would later be known by.

But at the outbreak of World War I, relatives living in Britain changed their names to the more Anglicized Mountbatten. After the marriage of the Queen and Prince Philip, untitled male descendants took the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.

If you’re baking this classic tea time treat from scratch, try turning the pink and yellow squares into purple hues with a silver marzipan coating, the official colors of the anniversary.

Cerise Jubilee

Given the length of Queen Victoria’s reign, it’s no surprise that there are a number of dishes named after the monarch.

Cerise Jubilée or Jubilee Cherries, thought to have been created to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, were invented by French chef Auguste Escoffier.

A simple dish of cherries flambéed with kirsch cherry liqueur, the creation was often served as a sauce over ice cream.

For a modern twist, put a marinated cherry in a glass of prosecco or serve over a creamy slice of vanilla cheesecake.