It’s an absolute pleasure to present Miss Windsor’s "spin" on a frightfully decadent and regal recipe fit for a QUEEN - Chocolate Queen Pudding! You see, I recreated this palate teasing, chocolaty kind of luxury bread pudding to celebrate our sovereign's "official" birthday of Trooping the Colour, which takes place on Saturday 8th June 2019.
And I must divulge darlings, that my beloved grandmother Josie and Her Majesty The Queen both entered this magnificent world during the year of 1926 – known as the roaring 20’s! And suffice to say, both ladies are of the greatest personage and have many things in common, one being they are "chocoholics" of the incredibly ardent and incurable kind – Oh, I say!
Therefore, with chocolate firmly in mind, I scoured the discoloured and rather frayed pages of my 1935 edition of the Radiation Cookery Book and stumbled upon this mouth-watering recipe, which I jazzed up a tad with a smitch of spice and a zing of lemon and orange zest!
In fact, this particular cookery book was a generous gift bestowed upon Miss Windsor by her darling friend Sir Brian – isn’t he a "bobby dazzler"!
And by the way, for those who are wondering what the heck is the Radiation Cookery Book? Do not fear my dears, as it's simply a cookery book that accompanied the "Regulo" controlled "New World" Gas Cooker. And for those who are familiar with gas cookers/ovens, especially folks in Great Britain, the term "gas mark" (i.e gas mark 5) derived from the term "Regulo mark" - and there you have it!
Darlings, Miss Windsor must admit she is a tad bit envious that her beloved Queen Elizabeth II celebrates two birthdays each year. The first being her "actual" birthday on the 21st April – this year she turned the grand old age of 93! Then on the second Saturday of June, Her Majesty commemorates her official birthday in the form of a public celebration - a parade called Trooping the Colour, which has been tradition since the reign of King George II.
"I say, Miss Windsor, could you kindly spare a few details about this vibrant celebration," of course, my dears! In a nut shell, Trooping the Colour, as a birthday parade, commenced it's royal journey due to the infamous British weather - which I'm sure most of you are well accustomed to!
Conflicting records dictate, that King George II was born in October or possibly November, but thankfully all agree the same year - of 1683. Of course, the weather in Great Britain is absolutely dismal during these months, and obviously hindered His Majesty's wish to celebrate his birthday with a jolly old "knees-up" of a public parade.
So, for the first time in 1748, the King of England planned a joint celebration of his birthday with an annual military parade of Trooping the Colour, which possibly dates back to the reign of Charles II (17th century). Apparently, the British Army would line up and display their regimental flags known as "colours", then officers/soldiers would march between the ranks of "troops" and familiarise oneself with one's own regiments, which was imperative for the battlefield.
Nevertheless, the summertide military parade combined with King George II birthday, certainly kicked off a tradition which our darling sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II still follows today. In fact, since 1987 Her Majesty prefers to observe the parade from the comfort of her royal carriage, as opposed to inspecting troops from horseback, which of course, was always conducted in a ladylike pose of "side saddle", whilst sporting her full military regalia!
Okey dokey darlings, now without further ado, please hotfoot into your kitchen and prepare for some culinary magic of yesteryear – "regal" style of course!
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!
ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY MISS WINDSOR - EXCEPT FOR THE QUEEN & GRANDMOTHER JOSIE!
Preparation time: 40 mins
Cooking time: 1 & 1/4 hrs
Serves 6-8 delightful guest!
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