Monday, July 22, 2013

It’s a Prince!

For days, much of the world has been waiting for the Royal baby to arrive.  Baby Cambridge was born today, and it’s a Prince! His name has not been revealed yet, and may not for days. Sophie is hoping for Ryland, but I’m with all those who think George is a nice name.  We shall see eh?

What better way to celebrate the royal baby’s birth than with cake?  Not just any cake though, we need a Chocolate Biscuit Cake. 

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Chocolate Biscuit Cake will not be new to any Royal Watchers.  It was the cake William chose to be his Groom’s Cake.  In his book, Eating Royally, Darren McGrady, former chef to Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, relates that this is the Queen’s favorite tea cake.  I’ve also read somewhere that she would have it served when William visited from Eton and it is his favorite too! 

Click here for the recipe!

Here is a little video from 2011 with McVitie’s on making the cake for the Royal Wedding.

The Royal Wedding Cake

Eating Royally is an excellent book. The majority of the book is McGrady’s memories taking you from his life as a chef on the bottom rung of the ladder, to serving the Royal Family.  His adventure takes us around the world and through the seasons.  The book visits the different palaces, castles and country houses the royals call home, and the dishes served there.  His touching story includes his time at Kensington Palace as Princess Diana’s chef.  The book includes over 100 recipes that are mentioned in his stories.  Some of my favorite recipes are:

Chocolate Biscuit Cake, of course, it is a chocolate lovers dream!

Iced Coffee straight from the Ascot Races

Vanilla Ice Cream, so rich and creamy!

Cheese SoufflĂ©, I haven’t made this yet, but it is on my list!

Jam and Cream Sponge, a classic

Cottage Pie, another classic, and very kid friendly

Scottish Thistle Shortbread, makes a great gift!

Those are just a few of my favorites. I’ve made several recipes from the book, and they all deliver.   

Congratulations to William and Kate on the birth of their son, as all children are a heritage from the Lord, (Psalm 127:3).