It is finally upon us! This weekend is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: a celebration of Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne that will go down in British history. We’ve put together a recommended menu to help you commemorate the event in truly regal style.
Feel free to give us a call (212-989-9735) if you’re planning a party and are looking for supplies – we have everything you need for an authentic British knees-up!
Coronation Chicken Finger Sandwiches
The perfect savory to serve at your party. Easy to make, easy to eat, and invented for the Queen’s coronation. A lightly spiced creamy chicken, coronation chicken hints at the Raj while finger sandwiches evoke a dainty English civility. Most importantly, these little morsels are utterly delicious.
Makes about 10 sandwiches
Good quality, thinly sliced bread of your preference
Very thinly sliced peeled cucumber, tomato or lettuce (optional)
Salt and Pepper
- Choose a selection of good-quality, thinly sliced white, wholewheat and seven-grain breads.
- Peel the dark green skin from the outside of the cucumber with a vegetable peeler if using.
- Spread a good amount of coronation chicken on to the bread, and add cucumber, lettuce or tomato if using. Season to taste
- Top with a plain slice.
- With a sharp knife, cut the crusts off of the bread and discard. Cut the sandwich diagonally into triangles or finger shapes.
- Serve garnished with a sprig of fresh watercress.
Named after the last monarch to spend 60 years on the throne. Queen Victoria favored a slice of sponge cake with her afternoon tea, and this is an especially decadent version: two layers filled with cream and jam and topped with confectioners’ sugar.
Preparation Time: 35-40 minutes
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
A few drops of pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time , along with the vanilla.
- With a spatula, fold in the flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.
- Divide the batter between 2 buttered and floured 8-inch cake tins and smooth the surface by tapping gently on the side of the tins.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- As with all cakes, the best way to make sure the cake is done is by inserting a thin knife or skewer into the center of the cake: if it comes out clean, then the cake is done. Turn out onto wire rack to cool.
Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake
We originally featured this cake during last year’s Royal wedding. William selected this childhood favorite as his groom’s cake. According to royal chef Darren McGrady, it is also one of the Queen’s top picks. Daily Candy stopped by to film Nicky preparing the cake. As you can see, it’s extremely simple and my-oh-my is it yummy!
There are more recipe ideas here. Please send us pictures if you do have a party – and we hope you have a fantastic Jubilee weekend!