Queen Elizabeth II's favourite dishes were kept a closely guarded secret during her 70-year-reign. Even dignitaries and royals the world over who dined with the Queen never deciphered the discreet monarch's food preferences. On Tuesday, however, her family friend has revealed her favourite indulgence - a gooey chocolate pot.
This Morning's chef Clodagh McKenna, who is married to the Queen's family friend Harry Herbert, unveiled the decadent dessert the Queen looked forward to eating most – and even shared the cherished recipe! Clodagh revealed that the Queen "didn't eat a lot, but this is one of her favourite dishes that the late Lady 'Genie' Carnarvon, Harry's ma, used to make when the Queen would come and stay." Harry admitted he was also a big fan of the sweet treat himself, adding: "The Queen would come over so often to eat them!"
WATCH: Queen Elizabeth II's favourite homemade pudding finally revealed
Harry has known the Queen since his childhood because his parents were the late Lady Carnarvon and Henry Herbert the 7th Earl Carnarvon, the Queen’s racing manager. Keep scrolling to discover the delicious family recipe...
Chef Clodagh McKenna and Queen Elizabeth II's family friend Harry Herbert
Chocolate Pots Recipe:
Place the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl.
Heat the cream along with the vanilla in a small saucepan over a low heat and bring to a gentle simmer.
Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir the mixture together, so the chocolate melts.
Add the beaten egg and a pinch of salt and mix together.
Pour into small ramekins and chill in the fridge overnight, or until set.
The late Queen's favourite homemade pudding finally revealed
Serves: makes about 500ml / 4 small ramekins
- 300ml single cream
- A few drops of vanilla extract
- 175g plain chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids, ginely chopped
- 1 egg, beaten
- Pinch of salt
Keeping reading to discover the recipe for shortbread loved by the late Queen...
Elizabeth II in 1958 at Highclere Castle where she discovered her chocolate pots
The late Queen enjoyed these pots with biscuits and here is the recipe for the shortbread biscuits that the monarch loved.
Preheat the oven to 170C, 150C fan, Gas 3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cream the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon or in a food mixer until light and fluffy.
Sift in the flour gradually and mix until the dough comes together.
Shape the dough into a sausage-like shape, about 3cm in diameter, wrap in baking paper and leave in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes.
When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 170C, 150C fan, Gas 3. Unwrap the dough and cut off slices about 1cm thick, and place them on the prepared baking tray.
Bake in the oven for about 20 -25 minutes, or until cooked through and a light golden colour.
Remove from the oven and allow the biscuits to cool and firm up for about 15 minutes, then carefully place on a baking tray and put on to a cool rack.
Serves: Makes about 12 – 15 biscuits
- 100g unsalted butter
- 50g caster sugar
- 150g plain flour
- Pinch of salt
Notes The shortbread will keep for 1 week in an airtight container.
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