Putting on the perfect Jubilee spread
Everyoneâ€™s gone baking mad in the UK, including us. With the Jubilee weekend fast approaching, weâ€™re obsessed with British teatime treats with a right royal twist to help make your celebrations sparkle, savvy style.
If youâ€™re planning a retro-chic tea party, why not stick to tradition with dainty, crustless sandwiches? For a stunning centrepiece for your table, serve buttered, freshly-made open sandwiches topped with anything from egg mayonnaise or ham and mustard to more modern smoked salmon or mozzarella and tomatoes drizzled with pesto. Simply drape a corded ribbon in patriotic colours across a white serving plate, cut your sandwiches into triangles and place them along the edges of the ribbon to make Angel Adoree’s wonderful Bunting Butties (pictured above) from The Vintage Tea Party Book, published by Mitchell Beazley, available online and in good book shops.
A party’s not a party without sausage rolls! Â Plus, if you use ready-made puff or shortcrust pastry, theyâ€™re really quick and easy to make. Check out Lorraine Pascaleâ€™s tasty recipe for her Totally lazy mini sausage rolls with herby sausages on bbc.co.uk. To spice things up even more, you could always use chorizo sausages instead.
The Victoria sandwich. This all-time British classic is named after Queen Victoria, who apparently favoured it cut into small slices or â€˜sandwichesâ€™ to enjoy with her afternoon tea. Who better than Great British Bake Off judge and queen of cakes, Mary Berry, to share the secret of how to make the perfect Victoria sandwich fit for royalty? See her in action on the BBC website here.
For a royally blinged-up topping, decorate the cake with a Union Jack made from whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries.
Itâ€™s said that soft fruits, like blackberries or raspberries are banned from the royal table to avoid the delicate issue of pips sticking in Her Majestyâ€™s teeth. What a shame! Still, that means more jewelled jelly and ice cream for us. Just wait till you try Jane Hornbyâ€™s delicious recipe from Fabulous Food Magazineâ€¦
- Set 600ml pomegranate juice with a packet of jelly or gelatine, following the pack instructions.
- When very loosely set, stir in edible glitter and summer berries.
- Then, transfer to clear pastic cups or a mould to fully set and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
To pick up a fun and cheeky Jubilee jelly mould of Her Majestyâ€™s head, go to artist Lydia Leithâ€™s website, where you can also watch a video of the Jubilee jelly wobble test!
Time to party!
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