The dessert, inspired by the wedding menu of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, has been dubbed the official platinum pudding.
The following month, a nationwide competition was held to find a recipe for the platinum anniversary of the 96-year-old monarch, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, announced on Thursday (12.05.22) in the program “Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years of Baking”. The jury selected Jamie Melvin’s Swiss Swiss roll and trifle Amaretti as the winner, ahead of more than 5,000 other participants.
The 31-year-old Gemma developed her dessert after learning that the Queen and her late husband were refueling in lemon paste when they married in 1947, and was looking for inspiration from her grandmother.
She said: “My grandmother taught me to bake, but my grandmother’s signature dish was a trifle.
A beautiful, balanced lady, like our queen, she did a wonderful little thing, but she was seasoned with sherry and decorated with kiwi fruit and chocolate, but this little thing is elevated and suitable for the queen herself …
“I learned that the queen had a lemon at the wedding, so I decided that the pudding should be based on lemon flavor.
“I think it’s perfect for celebrating an anniversary because it’s refreshing for summer. It can also be cooked in large dishes or in individual portions – depending on what you like best.
“The thought of people recreating my pudding, especially during the anniversary, is a simple pleasure.”
The copywriter introduced two recipes, a completely homemade cake and a “cheat version” to simplify the steps for less confident bakers.
The trifle has a Swiss roll with lemon cheese on the bottom, then various layers including St. Clement’s jelly, lemon custard, amaretto cookies, tangerine balls and whipped cream, with candied fruit, shredded amaretti cookies and chocolate chips.
The presiding judge Lady Mary Berry said: “It’s absolutely delightful, I think Britain will be very delighted, and so will the Queen.”
A spokesman for the contest, which was run by Fortnum Mason and The Big Lunch Charity, added: “Her winning recipe becomes part of the history of British cuisine, following in the footsteps of the coronation chicken and Victoria’s sponge.”
The competition asked home bakers to create a recipe “suitable for the Queen” with a “memorable story” and “the potential to stand the test of time and become the platinum pudding of Queen Elizabeth II”.
A shortlist of 50 was selected from a written recipe before five finalists were selected who created their real-life desserts for the judges.