Royal bake-off: Platinum pudding competition launched for Queen’s jubilee

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Royal bake-off: Platinum pudding competition launched for Queen’s jubilee

The nation’s amateur cooks are being invited to whip up a new dessert fit for a Queen in a new competition for the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

Fortnum and Mason and The Big Jubilee Lunch have invited Britain’s bakers, aged eight and above, to create a dish that can be replicated across the country to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year milestone.

Five finalists will have the chance to bake their dishes at Fortnum’s store in Piccadilly to be judged by Dame Mary Berry, palace head chef Mark Flanagan and Masterchef panellist Monica Galetti.

Flanagan has offered a three-point plan for entrants, suggesting to “keep it simple” and think “subtle and elegant” rather than “fussy and over complicated”.

He added: “Most of us think of a pudding or a cake as a treat, so really make the flavours sing.”

All entries must meet the criteria of an “original creation” that is both “genuine” and “accurate” – whether baked, steamed, boiled or jellied.

Following royal dishes such as coronation chicken, created at Le Cordon Bleu for the Queen’s coronation luncheon in 1953, and Victoria sponge, the brand-new dish and its creator will be at the centre of celebrations.

Dame Mary said: “I hope everyone who enters has lots of fun and I wish them the very best of luck.”

The winning recipe will be cemented in the history books and enjoyed at The Big Jubilee Lunch on June 5 as part of the four-day bank holiday weekend.

This comes as Jubilee weekend plans emerge including free public access to the monarch’s private estates and a concert outside Buckingham Palace.

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