The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend is getting closer and I’ve been getting creative in the kitchen with a lovely box of ingredients, sent to me by online British gourmet food specialists, Forman and Field . The chaps over at Forman and Field love a good party, so they challenged a fine group of bloggers to create “a fabulous, magical, celebratory and most importantly delicious cake or sweet treat in honour of Her Maj’s Jubilee.”
Forman and Field are no strangers to quality events and catering, they recently catered for an Ascot polo party where, according to the Forman and Field blog, Her Majesty commented that Forman’s gluten-free brownies were the best she had ever tasted. With that in mind, I knew the ingredients would speak for themselves, so I wanted to mess around with them as little as possible!
I did however, want to create something special; a taste explosion with an unusual combination of ingredients, but with a classic twist. We were told to “Think British! Think street party! Think pretty!” I was particularly lured by the Forman’s own home made Crème Anglaise and the Forman’s Lemon Curd and I though both would go make a jolly good trifle…paired perhaps with seasonal British raspberries and lashings of fresh double cream…
The full selection of Forman’s Jubilee Bake Off ingredients sent to me included –
- Dove’s Farm Plain Flour (milled from English wheat grown by organic farmers to Ethical Trade standards)
- Longman Farm Unsalted Butter (proper butter from a family run dairy farm in Somerset)
- Forman and Field Lemon Curd (own handmade lemon curd with a good hit of lemon zest)
- Forman and Field Crème Anglaise (own handmade light pouring custard made with fresh Bourbon vanilla)
- British Elderflower Liqueur (made with hand-picked elderflowers by Bramley & Gage in South Devon)
- Original Beans Cru Virunga Chocolate Buttons (70% cocoa, made by a new chocolate producer and used by Marcus Wareing and The Fat Duck)
- A jar of Mulled Pears (also made in the Forman and Field kitchens, mulled in red wine syrup)
- A mini box of chocolates by Damian Allsop (eaten almost immediately!)
The mulled pears were speaking to me and I started getting side tracked by thoughts of pears and chocolate, but in the end, I didn’t think that the mulled pears were seasonal enough for the occasion (so I’m saving them for Christmas!)
I then began to think about tray-bakes, again, perhaps with pears, the chocolate, the elderflower liqueur, but my mind kept on coming back to the lovely Forman’s home made Crème Anglaise and the Forman’s Lemon Curd. With the weather being so sunny, I didn’t really want a hot pudding. So, I came back to the trifle idea on the basis that no street party would be proper without one, and came up with these…
The first one (and my entry to the competition – see recipe below) was made with a basic sponge using the Dove’s Farm organic flour and the farm unsalted butter. If you have less time on your hands, just use a plain Madeira cake, left over cupcakes or even sponge fingers.
I then enlisted the help of the British elderflower liqueur (after a quick tipple with some crushed ice, it was a hot day!) soaking up small pieces of the sponge in the liqueur before placing it into a trifle bowl. Next came a burst of fresh British seasonal raspberries, with a good few dollops of the Forman and Field zingy lemon curd over the top. Along came lashings of Forman’s Crème Anglaise, just poured over the sponge and raspberries. Finally, I then whisked up some double cream for the top.
I was left with the dilemma of whether to go all out and use the Original Beans Cru Virunga chocolate buttons. After sampling a few, I decided to melt the rest in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. I left the chocolate to cool a little (hoping it wouln’t melt the cream). Then I was brave and drizzled around half of the melted chocolate over the cream with a teaspoon, finishing off with a few raspberries and six golden crowns. If you save a bit of the melted chocolate, you can also use it to drizzle some over individual portions to make them look extra pretty!
The second trifle was a bit of an after-thought. The children were hovering and were desperate to try some, so whilst they licked what was left of the melted chocolate bowl, I made another trifle, using apple juice instead of the Elderflower liqueur, drizzling more lemon curd over the top instead of melted chocolate as well as a good dose of Jubilee sprinkles.
After all my trifle making, I was torn as to which one to enter into the bake off! I thought they were both equally delicious. The first one was special as it contained so much of the lovely Elderflower liqueur. The second one had a bigger zing because I used more of the lemon curd. I will be making both for our own Jubilee Street party, but since the elderflower and chocolate trifle used two extra ingredients from the box, I’ve decided to go with that one as my entry to the Bake Off!
Since I’m in with a chance of winning an amazing Olympic dining experience at Forman’s Fish Island restaurant, I hope I manage to beat off some of the stiff blogging competition I am up against. I also hope I’m not playing it too safe with a trifle!? It did contain some extra-delicious ingredients, after all and you really can’t have a street party without one!
Only time will tell!
A chef at Forman and Field will be judging all our entries on 31st May 2012. He/she will then chose the winner and a runner-up. You can keep up to date with news from Forman and Field through their blog and by following their tweets on Twitter on either @FormanandField or by searching the #FormansJubileeBakeOff hashtag.
With many thanks to Forman and Field for the extra-special box of ingredients, the quality of the produce I could chose from was really exquisite!
What would you have made with the mystery box of ingredients?!
Stunning! You’d get my vote 🙂 Biscuits are very cute too.
No, no Ren, you are not playing it safe. As you say, what street party is complete without a trifle AND you made the sponge from scratch AND it looks fantastic. And can I have a bowlful of the adult only version please – it sounds fantastic. I’m so envious of that elderflower liqueur.
Have the results been announced yet?
THANK YOU Choclette, always so complimentary! Glad you approve of the alcoholic version and I’m sure you would like the chocolate drizzled over the top. Did a bad job of keeping up with events this month, just published a post I had intended to send to Laura for We Should Cocoa. Will try and keep up next month! No results yet, but I think the judging has begun!
Actually Mummy... says
You had me with the photo of the ingredients! I’m not normally a trifle fan but I could be persuaded with these – all my favourite things! Can I come to your Jubilee party? We’ve just got cress sandwiches and victoria sponges made by year 2 😉
Thanks Helen! Would love you to come to ours, it’s more of a park party than a street party – just hoping the weather holds out?! Have fun! See you soon.
What Kate Baked says
What a fantastic idea Ren! A perfect dish for a jubilent Jubilee celebration! I’m thoroughly enjoying reading everyone’s inspirational entries, and as I can never say no to an extra large portion of Trifle, I reckon your recipe rocks! And enjoy your street party..
Aah thank you Kate! Your entry was very special, I loved all the flavour combinations. Have a fab weekend!!
These look fantastic, I especially love the crowns standing in the trifle. Brilliant!
Thanks Sarah, John Lewis fpor the crowns, so they were hiding and I only just spotted them as I was leaving!
Both look terrific, Ren. What a treat to get to work with such top notch goodies. Good luck with the contest. And, what happy children you must have!
Thanks Kellie, yes they are always on the hunt for whatever I am making and love to join in! Hope you enjoy the celebrations too x
Fishfingers for tea says
Oh my! I think my husband would ask you to marry him if he saw these, he’s a HUGE trifle fan. I think they both sound lovely and I can’t decide which one I’d choose.
Ha ha thanks Sian!! Both were yummy but the alcohol-fuelled one was my favourite!
I don’t know which one of these trifles is prettier but I would have to choose the one featuring Eldeflower liqueur. I bet the judges are going to have a nightmare to choose from all of you involved!
Thanks Laura! I am so cross to have missed We Should Cocoa!!! Grr.
Cupcake Fan says
Yummy recipes! thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you, hope you enjoy the weekend!
These look wonderful. I especially love the crowns with the raspberries. Inspired! Good luck in the competition.
Thank you Laura! x
Fuss Free Helen says
They sound such special trifles Ren! Love the idea of elderflower in it!
Thank you Helen! Hope you enjoy the celebrations, I think you’ve made elderflower syrup or liqueur before. x
Wow Ren – This looks absolutely amazing – you are a true genius – The ingredients have me salivating and I LOVE the crown decorations. This trifle is making me feel very celebratory now!!
Thanks Clare, that’s sweet! What are you up to for the Jubilee weekend? x
Hi, I’m loving your blog and your ethos is very similar to mine at Fab Food 4 All. These trifles look terrific and have spurred me on get trifle making.
Hi Camilla, thank you, I will pop over and see you too!
Sally - My Custard Pie says
LOVE the trifle bowls – I have one that is exactly the same. LOVE trifles – the custard, lemon curd combination is right up my street. Big fan of Bramley and Gage fruit liqueurs too – especially as they are from Devon.
Thanks Sally, guess what, they are Polish crystal! They’ve been in my cabinet for years, I had never thought to use them as trifle bowls. Don’t think I will take them to the street party, but they will be lovely for our home party! x
Working London mummy says
Lovely recipes Ren. I have just finished baking so hoping to post my entry tomorrow. Loving your recipe and the photos are stunning as always
Thanks Nazima, I think I just caught the end of your piece on the radio this weekend, will go back and listen again on iplayer! Have fun over the Jubilee weekend x