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A Pudding Fit for a Queen!

Excitement is running high at Bushey House in Bushey where residents and staff have been cooking up a storm to enter the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pudding competition.  Details of the competition were announced on January 10th and the home immediately got busy to come up with, what they hope, will be a pudding fit for a Queen.

The competition is being run by Royal Warrant holders, Fortnum & Mason, to create a pudding that the whole nation can bake for themselves and that will be served not only at Jubilee parties up and down the country, but to the Queen herself to celebrate her 70 years on the throne.  Competition is fierce and only the best recipes will make it through to a live bake off judged by the Queen of Puddings herself, Dame Mary Berry, and Masterchef’s Monica Galetti in March.

Staff and residents at the home put their heads together and donned their aprons to come up with a scrumptious pudding that they think encapsulates the Queen’s reign and what it has meant to the nation.  Their fabulous pudding is called “A Rather Royal Summer Pudding” and consists of delicious fresh ingredients such as succulent strawberries, raspberries and our very own home grown blackberries.  Our Head Chef Avni Fejzullau meet with residents to plan the pudding fit for a Queen. They came up with several ideas including The Elizabeth Sponge and The Majestic Meringue. Head Chef Avni and his team baked a selection and the residents at Bushey house chose their favourite pudding.

Blanca Novis General Manager at Bushey House said: “We’ve all had such a brilliant time taking part in this competition, it has been such fun.  Our staff and residents love the Queen and they love to bake so when they heard about the competition, they were all so excited to take part.  It has been a real collaborative process – thinking about ingredients from all over the world and coming up with a pudding that reflects the Queen’s years of service to this country.  Not to mention all the delicious different versions we have had to taste over the last few weeks, it really has been no hardship!”

Martin Watson, resident at Bushey House said: “The Queen is an amazing lady, we all wanted to get involved in the pudding competition – it would just be wonderful if our recipe was selected.  We had such a giggle coming up with the pudding, deciding what ingredients should go in and then coming up with the name.  I definitely think we’ve got a winning recipe as the pudding has a secret ingredient, Dubonnet! We hear it’s a favourite of the Queens and can’t wait to find out what the judges think of our entry!”