Royal Dessert

Are you watching the Royal Wedding? I know many people don’t care and won’t watch but I am one of those that is so excited by it all.

Living in the UK, I developed an adoration for the Royal Family. I watched Prince Charles marry Princess Diana, then watched as they had 2 adorable little boys.  Those boys have grown up, served around the world in the military and carried on their mothers’ legacy as activists for causes that are important to them.  It was heartbreaking to watch the boys walk behind their mothers’ coffin when she died. But they have become amazing men.

I can’t imagine how difficult it is to grow up in the Royal Family, with rules and expectations and constant media attention. Every action and word is scrutinized. And this wedding is no different. But, true to form, Harry is bucking tradition in so many ways.

Meghan Markle was an unlikely choice for the Prince but I can’t imagine a more perfect fit for him! She is intelligent, kind, poised, beautiful and talented. As a 12 year old, she took on sexism with a letter writing campaign and SHE WON! Not with strong arm tactics or hate filled rhetoric but with a mature, well thought out and presented campaign.  She is simply amazing.

Now, some people will point out all of the reasons that she doesn’t fit in with the Royal Family but I think that is what makes her so perfect.  Especially for Harry.

You can see the love when they look at each other and the cutest thing I’ve ever seen is how fiercely protective he is of her. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!

But, of course, this is a food blog so I better share some food, right?!?!

Well, you’re in luck. A couple of months ago, I decided to create an entrement and was inspired by the flavor of edlerflower. I had picked up some elderflower concentrate from Ikea and made curd with it. You can find the recipe for that HERE.

Elderflower has such a bright, refreshing and very slightly floral flavor and it has quickly become one of my favorites.  So I set out to create a new dessert using that curd before I ended up eating it all straight from the jar!

What I came up with was magical. I still have a bit of work to do on the presentation. I will make them again but a bit smaller before I share the full recipe.

The entrement was made up of a pretzel crust, cheesecake, raspberry gelee, more pretzel crust, more cheesecake, elderflower curd and a brulee’d meringue topping, all wrapped in a lemon jaconde sponge.

I was SHOCKED when I heard that Harry and Meghan had chosen Lemon and Elderflower for their cake, which I had JUST used in this creation!  Royal Wedding cakes are supposed to be fruitcake! That’s just how it’s done! But bless them both for going their own way and having at least a little bit of their own personalities in this worldwide spectacle!

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