It’s Street Party Time Again soon!
The excitement is building… maybe you’re involved with a street party?
Or perhaps you’re planning to head up to London to witness the Coronation procession and atmosphere?
Or maybe you’re just planning to be glued to the TV with friends and family?
Whatever your plans, here are some recipes to inspire you to bake for the occasion!
Bonne Maman Shortbread Recipe
The first is from Bonne Maman, and there are lots more great Coronation recipes on the website here:
Glittering Crown Shortbreads (Makes about 12 sandwiched biscuits)
An easy dough for little hands to roll and cut out. Use Crown-shaped cutters, add some glitter magic then sandwich with your favourite Bonne Maman Conserve or Hazelnut Chocolate Spread for a truly celebratory Coronation display.
- 225g unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 115g caster sugar
- 340g plain flour
- 125g custard powder
- 4-5 tbsp milk
- Bonne Maman Conserve or Hazelnut Chocolate Spread
- Edible glue, gold glitter, sprinkles and spray
- Heat the oven to 150°C, 130°C Fan, gas 2
- In a medium bowl, beat together the butter, vanilla and sugar until creamy. Mix in the dry ingredients and enough milk to form a firm dough.
- Knead the dough into a ball and put it between two sheets of baking paper. Roll out the dough as thinly as you can, about 5mm, then chill for 20 minutes.
- Using crown shaped cutters, stamp out an even number of biscuits. Now stamp out a small round from the centre of half the biscuits to make the tops.
- Mix together all the dough off-cuts and re-roll between the paper as before. Stamp out more shapes.
- Once the shapes are cut out, arrange on 2 baking sheets lined with paper and chill for 10 minutes.
- Bake the biscuits for about 10-12 minutes or until firm and pale golden. Cool on the baking sheet.
- Using edible glue, decorate the top biscuits with edible glitter and sprinkles then spray with edible gold spray.
- When cool, spread your favourite Bonne Maman Conserve or Hazelnut Chocolate Spread on the bottom biscuits and top with another, pressing them together. Spoon a little extra conserve or spread into the centres.
- These will keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
- Why not make these shortbreads extra special with a base of chocolate shortbread? Just replace 25g of the butter for 25g of Bonne Maman Hazelnut Chocolate Spread and 15g of the custard powder with 15g cocoa powder.
- Crown-shaped cutters are available in good cookshops and online.Delicious Savoury Scones Recipe from Love Celery
The second recipe is from www.lovecelery.co.uk and these tasty and very moreish savoury scones should, ideally, be served if possible warm, with the butter gently melting. But as well as being great for a street party, they will also make a perfect light lunch or teatime treat.
Cheese, Celery and Walnut Scones with Parsley Butter
Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
225g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
125g mature cheddar cheese, grated
1 head celery, finely chop 2 of the stalks
50g walnuts, roughly chopped
1 large free range egg
6 tbsp milk (approx.)
for the parsley butter
50g butter, softened
2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
- Preheat the oven 220c /200c fan/ gas 7 and grease a baking tray.
- Place the flour and baking powder into a large bowl, rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs and then stir in the finely chopped Fenland celery, 100g of the grated cheese and the chopped walnuts.
- Break the egg into a measuring jug, lightly beat and make up to 150ml with the milk, add all but a small amount, reserve to brush the tops with. Mix gently until you have a soft dough.
- Knead lightly on a floured surface and roll out to approx. 2 cm thick, cut into 6 cm rounds and place on the baking tray, re roll any trimmings.
- Brush the tops with a little of the reserved egg mix and sprinkle with the remaining cheese, bake for 12-15 minutes until well risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack.
- Mix together the softened butter and parsley, serve the scones warm, split in half and topped with the butter with the remaining celery to crunch along with.
Union Jack Tart
And here’s a spectacular looking tart that will be centre-stage at any street party of Coronation celebration..bring the Union Jack to the party with this delicious celebration tart.
Goat’s Cheese, Grilled Red Peppers and Red Onion Tart with Mary Berry’s Honey & Balsamic Vinaigrette
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 50 mins
Total time: 1hr
1 pack ready to roll puff pastry
3 red peppers
4 red onions
180g soft goat’s cheese
1 egg for glaze
Olive oil drizzle
Honey for drizzling
6 tbsp Mary Berry’s Honey & Balsamic Vinaigrette
Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
Chop the red peppers and red onions into medium size chunks (approx. 3cm x 3cm). Place on a baking tray, each on its own side. Drizzle both with olive oil and the onion side with some honey too. Cook for 20-25 mins until softened.
Meanwhile, prepare the pastry. Line a flat baking sheet with baking parchment and unroll the puff pastry sheet onto it. Prick all over the inside of the rectangle with a fork.
Then arrange the filling as you like (you can create the union jack like we did). Add the grilled peppers, onions and goat’s cheese and brush the sides of the pastry with beaten egg.
Bake for 15-25 minutes, until the pastry is golden and crisp.
Toss the salad in Mary Berry’s Honey & Balsamic Vinaigrette and serve. This is also great at room temperature.
A Right Royal Fizz from Nyetimber
And while you’re watching the proceedings on TV or celebrating with friends, here’s a rather special drink you might enjoy.
English Sparkling Wine producer Nyetimber has launched this beautiful limited-edition bottle: an eye-catching design that celebrates the Coronation of King Charles III and heralds the beginning of our new Carolean era.
This Coronation bottle is a limited edition of Nyetimber’s flagship wine, Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage: a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier that’s perfectly balanced with elegance and intensity. Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage has a palate of honey, almond, pastry and baked apples. Nyetimber is a great example of an English sparkling wine, making it an ideal toast to this historic occasion.
Nyetimber’s King’s Coronation Limited-Edition Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage is now available at www.nyetimber.com whilst stocks last. RRP £39.50.
Push the Boat out with a King’s Coronation Hamper
And if you really want to enjoy this historic event in style, and have the budget spare to push the boat out, you could indulge in a King’s Coronation Hamper from the appropriately-named King’s Fine Food. There are two hampers available, at £245 and £435 packed with top-notch British produce, or you can choose your own contents.
From Kings Fine Food
Whatever your plans, enjoy this historic event!