Tangy Trifle Is Crowned Platinum Prize Pudding

A Lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle pudding will grace the Queen’s picnic table for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The delicious sounding confection was crowned the winner of a competition to design a dessert for Fortnum & Mason’s Platinum Pudding Competition.

The winning entry was cooked up by 31-year-old Jemma Melvin from Southport. The talented baker beat off 5,000 other entries to make the final shortlist of 50, before being declared the winner by a prestigious panel of judges, the BBC reports.

The recipe has been made freely available to download, for anyone who is organising a special street party, or just fancies a go at making it for an upcoming birthday party or baby shower, celebration, for example. Star baker Jemma explained that the pudding can be made in a big dish, or in individual portions.

The competition was judged by TV baking queen Dame Mary Berry, and a panel of award-winning bakers and chefs, including Buckingham Palace Head Chef, Mark Flanagan. The five finalists were invited to the famous Fortnum & Mason store in London to prepare their wares under the eye of a team of expert chefs.

Jemma, who has been interested in baking since she was a child, said: “Oh my. I have to tell my grandma first, she is the person that taught me how to bake and I am so excited to tell her, she’s going to be so proud, I can’t wait, I can’t wait. I am so happy, I am so happy, thank you so much.”

Jemma, a copywriter who lives with her partner and rescue dog, added: “My inspiration is both my gran and my nan. My gran is with us but sadly my nan is not, they are both extremely important to me. My gran taught me how to bake but my nan's signature dish was a trifle.

The trifle is set to be a favourite for parties and picnics up and down the country this summer, and part of its appeal is that it’s not too complicated to make. A lemon curd Swiss roll forms the base, and this is topped with layers of St Clément’s jelly, lemon custard, amaretti biscuits, fresh whipped cream, candied peel, and chocolate shards.

Judge Monica Galetti said: “I love lemon and sometimes people hold back, and they’re scared to put that lemon into it, and as you’re eating it you’re thinking, ‘oh it can’t get any better. I got chunks of the amaretti biscuit that have soaked up the cream and they’re chewy and I am so happy right now.”

The competition is part of the Big Lunch initiative, which began with Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It was designed to help foster community spirit, and give neighbours a chance to come together and get to know each other better.

Thousands of street parties up and down the country have been organised to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth achieving a historic 70 years on the throne.

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