Platinum Pudding Jubilee winner is unveiled – Lemon Swiss Roll & Amaretti Trifle

Earlier this year, Fortnum & Mason launched a competition to create a new pudding to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

In a special programme aired on Thursday, the finalists got to work to create their pudding for a panel of baking royalty, including Dame Mary Berry and MasterChef judge Monica Galetti.

The five finalists were invited to Fortnum and Mason’s in London to bake their recipe for the judging panel.

At the end of the programme, ‘The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Baking‘, The Duchess of Cornwall unveiled Jemma Melvin as the winner, with her Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle.

The winner of the Platinum Pudding competition is a Lemon Swiss Roll & Amaretti Trifle

Jemma is a copywriter from Southport, who started baking when she was just six or seven, with her grandmother.

Her inspiration for the dish? “I found out that The Queen had lemon posset at her wedding, so I decided the pudding had to be based around the lemon flavour, and both my gran and my nan very much liked lemon as well, so it all just slotted into place.”

Dame Mary Berry’s assessment of the pudding was: “It’s absolutely wonderful. I think Britain is going to be so delighted and The Queen too.”

While Executive Pastry Chef at Fortnum’s, Roger Pizey, commented: “We’ll be making Jemma’s trifle for at least the next 50 to 100 years, without a doubt.”

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“It really is a lip-smackingly good dessert. You just want to keep diving in for more. It’s exudes a lot of personality and fun, and it really embodies what the Platinum Pudding Competition is all about.”

The full recipe for the winning pudding is below:

For the Swiss rolls

  • – 4 large eggs
  • – 100g/3½oz caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • – 100g/3½oz self-raising flour, sieved
  • – butter, for greasing

For the lemon curd

  • – 4 large free-range egg yolks
  • – 135g/4¾oz granulated sugar
  • – 85g/3oz salted butter, softened
  • – 1 lemon, zest only
  • – 80ml/2½fl oz fresh lemon juice

For the St Clement’s jelly

  • – 6 gelatine leaves
  • – 4 unwaxed lemons
  • – 3 oranges
  • – 150g/5½oz golden caster sugar

For the custard

  • – 425ml/15fl oz double cream
  • – 3 large free-range egg yolks
  • – 25g/1oz golden caster sugar
  • – 1 tbsp cornflour
  • – 1 tsp lemon extract

For the amaretti biscuits

  • – 2 free-range egg whites
  • – 170g/6oz caster sugar
  • – 170g/6oz ground almonds
  • – 1 tbsp amaretto
  • – butter or oil, for greasing

For the chunky mandarin coulis

  • – 4x 298g tins mandarins
  • – 45g/1¾oz caster sugar
  • – 16g/½oz arrowroot (2 sachets)
  • – ½ lemon, juice only

For the jewelled chocolate bark

  • – 50g/1¾oz mixed peel
  • – 1 tbsp caster sugar (optional)
  • – 200g/7oz white chocolate, broken into pieces

To assemble

  • – 600ml/20fl oz double cream

Method to make Jubilee Pudding

1 – To make the Swiss rolls, preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line the two Swiss roll tins with baking paper. In a large bowl, beat the egg and sugar together with an electric hand whisk for approximately 5 minutes or until light and pale. Using a metal spoon, gently fold in the flour. Divide between the two tins and bake for 10–12 minutes or until the sponges are lightly golden and cooked through.

2 – Sprinkle some extra caster sugar on two sheets of baking paper then turn the sponges out onto the sugared paper. Peel off the paper from the underside and, while still warm, roll them both up from the short end into a tight spiral using the paper to help. Leave to cool.

3 – To make the lemon curd, place the egg yolks, granulated sugar, butter, lemon zest and lemon juice in a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water). Whisk until combined and whisk continuously as the curd cooks until thickened. This should take about 15 minutes. Pour into a clean bowl and set aside to cool.

4 – To make the St Clement’s jelly, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for 5 minutes to soften. Using a vegetable peeler, peel 6 strips from a lemon and 6 strips from an orange and put these into a saucepan with the sugar and 400ml/14fl oz water. Bring to a simmer over a medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and discard the peel. Squeeze the water out of the gelatine and stir into the pan until dissolved then leave to cool. Squeeze the lemons and oranges, so you have 150ml/5fl oz of both lemon and orange juice. Stir into the pan then strain the jelly through a fine sieve into a jug and chill until cool but not set.

5 – To make the custard, place the cream in a saucepan over a gentle heat and bring it up to simmer, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, cornflour and lemon extract, then gradually pour the hot cream into the bowl whilst whisking continuously. Immediately return the whole lot back to the saucepan and continue whisking over a gentle heat until the custard is thick and smooth. Pour the custard into a jug or bowl, cover the surface with greaseproof paper and leave to cool.

6 – To make the amaretti biscuits, preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until firm. Mix the sugar and almonds gently into it. Add the amaretto and fold in gently until you have a smooth paste.

7 – Place some baking paper on a baking tray and lightly brush with butter or oil. Using a teaspoon, place small heaps of the mixture approximately 2cm/¾in apart, as they will expand during cooking. Bake for approximately 15–20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

8 – To make the chunky mandarin coulis, strain two tins of mandarins. Discard the juice and put the fruit into a saucepan with the sugar and heat gently until broken down. Remove from the heat. In a small bowl, slake the arrowroot with 2 tablespoons cold water then add to the warm mandarins. Add the lemon juice and mix well before pouring into a large bowl. Strain the remaining two tins of mandarins and add the fruit to the bowl then leave to cool completely.

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9 – To make the jewelled chocolate bark, if the peel feels wet or sticky, roll in the caster sugar to absorb any moisture. Melt the white chocolate in a bowl sitting over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Pour the white chocolate onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and scatter over the mixed peel. Leave to set then break into shards.

10 – To assemble, unroll the cooled Swiss rolls and spread with the lemon curd. Roll back up again and slice one into 2.5cm/1in slices and place upright around the bottom edge of the trifle dish so the swirl is visible. Slice the other Swiss roll into thicker pieces and use these to fill the bottom of the dish, ensuring the top is roughly the same level as the slices that line the edge. Use off-cuts of sponge to fill any gaps.

11 – Pour the St Clement’s jelly over the Swiss roll layer and set aside in the fridge to completely set. This will take approximately 3 hours. Once set, pour over the custard then arrange a single layer of amaretti biscuits, keeping a few back for the top. Pour over the mandarin coulis. In a large bowl, whip the double cream until soft peaks form then spoon this over the coulis. Crumble over the reserved amaretti biscuits and decorate with the chocolate bark shards.

The ingredients are available at Fortnum and Mason, and you can catch up on the show (for UK viewers) here.

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