It's been a rough year, and there's never been a better time to treat yourself to a sugar-filled confection. So break out the mixing bowl, fire up the oven, and select one of these recipes approved by Queen Elizabeth herself—you'll be glad you did.
Garden Party Scones
Every year (save, sadly, for this one, due to the pandemic) the Queen throws a series of garden parties, welcoming guests from around the UK who've helped their communities to enjoy themselves on the palace grounds. And earlier this summer, the royal pastry chefs revealed a recipe for one of the sweet dishes served at these storied parties: delectable fruit scones. Learn how to make them here.
Chocolate Biscuit Cake
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Queen Elizabeth's former chef, Darren McGrady, says the British monarch can't get enough of this cake. "She'll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece, but you have to send that up, she wants to finish the whole of that cake," McGrady once told RecipesPlus. Check out how to whip it up here.
The Queen's drop scones haven't just won over the royals. In 1959, the British monarch served these pancake-esque sweet treats to then-President Dwight Eisenhower and his wife Mamie during their stay at Balmoral, and they were so charmed by them, they requested the recipe. She eventually followed through, writing in a letter to Eisenhower, "Seeing a picture of you in today's newspaper, standing in front of a barbecue grilling quail, reminded me that I had never sent you the recipe of the drop scones which I promised you at Balmoral. I hope you will find them successful." Get the recipe for yourself here.
Chef Marcus Wareing's custard tart was once a cherished family recipe, but after he served it at Queen Elizabeth's 80th birthday lunch, it gained considerable notoriety—and ten years after that, he finally revealed his secret method. Learn how to make them here.
Spiced Easter Biscuits
As the UK prepared to celebrate a very different Easter than normal amid the pandemic, the royal pastry chefs decided to share a recipe for their "Spiced Easter Biscuits" to make celebrating the holiday at home a little more special. Get their instructions here.
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