One of the Queen's personal recipes is set to be published in a new cookbook released by the Royal Collection Trust. The book, called Royal Teas: Seasonal Recipes from Buckingham Palace, will feature 40 popular sweet and savoury recipes that are traditionally served to the royal family's guests at official functions and Buckingham Palace garden parties.
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The book leads with one of the Queen's very own recipes for Drop Scones. Her Majesty once sent the recipe for the Scotch pancakes to former US President Dwight D Eisenhower at his request after he developed a taste for them while visiting Balmoral in 1960. Other recipes come from the royal chef Mark Flanagan and royal pastry chef Kathryn Cuthbertson, and highlight the royal kitchen's emphasis on the use of UK seasonal produce such as summer berries and autumnal mushrooms. From a show-stopping Gâteau Opéra decorated with gold leaf to the Victoria sponge cake, named in honour of Queen Victoria, the book will offer fans to get a taste of what the royals enjoy at their official functions.
A salmon and tarragon quiche recipe set to be published in the new royal cookbook
The Queen has been known to have something of a sweet tooth, and it was recently revealed that she is such a big fan of chocolate biscuit cake that its leftovers have been packaged up and sent to Windsor Castle so she can enjoy them over a weekend. Speaking to HELLO! Online, former royal chef Darren McGrady opened up about the Queen's sweet tooth, saying: "The royal chefs send a whole cake up to Her Majesty every day for tea. She will sometimes take a slice and then it is never seen at the royal table again. [The cake is sent to the staff for their afternoon tea.]
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"The chocolate biscuit cake is the only cake that goes up to the royal table every day until it has all gone – sometimes this means it following her to Windsor Castle for the weekend," Darren revealed. "I remember as a young chef travelling from Paddington to Windsor one Friday morning with a half-eaten chocolate biscuit cake packed neatly and tightly in a biscuit tin, and wrapped in Clingfilm, perched on my knee with the fear of God in me that I would lose or drop the thing! It was her favourite. And when Prince William first tried it, he loved it and then requested it as his groom's cake [at the Royal wedding in 2011]."
Royal Teas: Seasonal recipes from Buckingham Palace is published by Royal Collection Trust on 8 May. See our latest food features here.