It’s great to finally have big events to look forward to again and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are certainly up there for 2022. Not only do we get an extra long Bank Holiday weekend to mark Her Majesty’s 70-year reign, but it’s scheduled to be full of exciting activities.
To mark the special occasion, Fortnum & Mason launched a competition to find a new pudding fit for the Queen. The renowned retailer set the nation a challenge of creating a brand new dessert that will become a national dish, which can then be recreated for generations – following in the footsteps of coronation chicken and Victoria sponge.
And the winner of the Platinum Jubilee pudding competition has now been announced! The official pudding of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations is 31-year-old Jemma Melvin’s lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle.
Five thousand desserts were entered in the competition, which were whittled down to a shortlist of five by a judging panel including Dame Mary Berry, Masterchef judge Monica Galetti, Junior Bake Off judge Liam Charles and the Queen’s very own head chef Mark Flanagan, culminating in Jemma’s winning pudding being announced on BBC One’s The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Baking last night.
Jemma said that her trifle, which consists of lemon curd Swiss roll on the bottom, St Clement’s jelly, lemon custard, amaretti biscuits, mandarin coulis, fresh whipped cream, candied peel, chocolate shards and crushed amaretti biscuits, is inspired by ‘my Gran, my Nan and the Queen herself.’
‘It was my friend Sammy who actually sent me the link to apply for the competition and I just thought I might as well go for it, get my name in the hat,’ Jemma told PA news agency.
‘I didn’t think I’d go any further but I made it to the final 50, made it to the final five, and now my pudding has been chosen. It’s ridiculous.’
Speaking of her inspiration for the dessert, she said: ‘My Grandma taught me to bake, she taught me all the elements, everything from scratch. My Nan’s signature dish was always a trifle; we used to call her the queen of trifles. And the Queen had lemon posset at her wedding.’
‘I’m hoping that everyone across the country is going to make this, I’ve made it really accessible,’ she added.
Head judge of the Platinum Jubilee pudding competition Mary Berry said: ‘It’s absolutely wonderful; I think Britain is going to be so delighted and the Queen too.’
We think it sounds absolutely perfect for taking along to a street party. The lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle recipe is now available on BBC Good Food so everyone can join in and make this now-iconic pudding for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Sunday 5 June. Or, for something very similar, try making Prue Leith’s amaretti and lemon curd trifle.