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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pudding Contest finalists have been announced

Cakes to commemorate the Queen’s wedding and multicultural Britain are among those in the final of a nationwide competition to find a pudding suitable for celebrating the monarch’s platinum jubilee.

Recipes from five home bakers were selected from nearly 5,000 entries from across the country as part of the competition between royal grocers Fortnum & Mason and the Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate the Queen’s 70th jubilee.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Dame Mary Berry will announce the winner during a BBC One special, The Queen’s Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Baking, which will air on May 12.

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Among the five finalists is Shabnam Russo, who lives in north London and works part-time at her husband’s skincare clinic while catering to friends and family gatherings as a part-time hobby.

Russo, who says the Queen was a role model in her life, feels she has the “perfect cake” to celebrate the monarch’s historic reign.

She explained her recipe for the rose falooda cake, which hails from the streets of Mumbai and reflects the Commonwealth and how Britain has become a multicultural society.

“My Falooda cake is a humble people’s cake and when I qualified I felt like I represented people from all walks of life, their struggles, their journeys, their hopes and aspirations and I really hope it’s an inspiration for anyone who can achieve anything if you just believe in yourself,” she added.

Retired sales manager Susan, 65, from Argyll and Bute in Scotland takes her cooking inspiration from her mother but has only in recent years become a keen amateur baker.

She noted that the inspiration behind her Four Nations Pudding, made with Scottish berries, Yorkshire rhubarb, Welsh cakes and Irish butter and cream, was to represent Britain coming together.

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Susan said: “The Queen’s Jubilee is the only time we can all be together to celebrate our Queen and how she has represented us throughout her selfless 70 years of service to our country.

“So I wanted my pudding to represent us as a nation.”

Sam, a 32-year-old Warwickshire barrister, started baking at the age of seven with her grandmother, who taught her all the traditional baking methods.

Her submission of the jubilee bundt cake is based on the classic Victoria sponge but with a royal twist as it is shaped like a crown and includes a Dubonnet jam which she says was the Queen’s favorite drink.

She hopes families around the world can easily replicate the recipe in their own kitchens to take part in the platinum anniversary celebrations.

Copywriter Jemma, 31, from Stockport, also started baking as a child but started experimenting again when she got a house of her own four years ago.

She explained that her lemon bun and amaretti trifle were a tribute to both of her grandmothers, as one taught her to bake and the other’s specialty was a trifle.

The home baker thinks her recipe is suitable for the Queen, as she bases the flavor on the dessert served at the monarch’s wedding, Lemon Posset.

While 29-year-old Kathryn, an Oxfordshire-based composer and oboist, describes herself as a kind of cook who has it all.

She thinks her passion fruit and thyme frangipane tart is perfect for the Queen’s historic celebration as it’s an “easy summery custard”.

Kathryn noted that it also commemorates her grandmother, who continued to work as an NHS nurse during the pandemic before she died in April 2020 aged 84, as it’s a variation on her favorite cake.

The winning recipe will be revealed in The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Baking, which airs on BBC One on May 12 at 8pm.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/finalists-of-the-queens-platinum-jubilee-pudding-competition-revealed-41608529.html The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pudding Contest finalists have been announced

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