Platinum Jubilee Party Bake Recipes From a Royal Chef

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Made with yogurt and olive oil, it’s incredibly light and fluffy. It is drenched in an aromatic lemon syrup infused with thyme which, when cooled, forms a delicate and crispy sweet shell. Served with an abundance of berries, it makes a wonderful centerpiece for an afternoon tea in the garden. The aroma of fresh thyme will always bring back indelible memories of Highgrove Gardens and the joy of being able to pick fresh herbs moments before they are needed for a cake.

John Kernick

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Rhubarb and white chocolate tartlets

In this recipe, thin golden and crispy filo pastry is filled with a creamy white chocolate and vanilla mousse and topped with rhubarb tart – a heavenly combination of crunch, creaminess and tartness. Harry and Meghan served rhubarb tarts at their wedding, which were a bit reminiscent of Harry’s childhood and the wonderful rhubarb grown in Highgrove.

rhubarb and white chocolate tartlets
John Kernick

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Strawberry cake

There is no cake more royal. It was originally made for Queen Victoria, during her incredible 63 year reign the tradition of afternoon tea began to evolve. And during Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign, the tradition of afternoon tea grew in popularity. Queen Victoria reportedly had her cake with raspberry jam and topped with a sprinkle of granulated sugar. I filled this one with strawberry jam and garnished it with berries and some fresh rose petals, then added some mini party buntings.

Strawberry cake
John Kernick

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Raspberry swirl meringues

These rustic little meringues have a thin, crunchy shell and a soft, chewy marshmallow-like center. Freeze-dried raspberry powder provides a refreshing kick of flavor that cuts through the sweetness.

Raspberry Swirl Meringues Jubilee Party Baking Recipes
John Kernick

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Lime Glazed Tartlets

These refreshing tarts come together in minutes and are perfect for an outdoor summer tea party.

Glazed Lime Tarts Jubilee Party Baking Recipes
John Kernick

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READ MORE: How to Host a Platinum Jubilee Party

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tea in the palaceOur recipes come from Thé au Palais: 50 delicious recipes for afternoon tea by Carolyn Robb (White Lion Publishing, £14.99). To order a copy for £12.74 until June 13, go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3176 2937. Free postage on orders over £20.

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