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The Cookstr 10: The Royal Wedding

April 28, 2011

This Friday, millions on both sides of the Atlantic will be tuning in to watch Prince William and Catherine Middleton tie the royal knot at Westminster Abbey. Eager viewers are waking as early at 3:00 a.m. EST to catch the pre-shows and witness live coverage of the nuptials. The lucky guests will be served champagne and two-bite canapés throughout the day, including bubble and squeak confit, herbed crepes and Cornish pasties.

Rose Levy Beranbaum's Flaky Scones

While your personal invite to the Royal Wedding might have been lost in the post, what better way to get into the spirit than to host a proper English tea complete with cake, biscuits and scones, or a Royal Wedding Watch Party, serving canapés and British-inspired hors d’eouvres fit for royalty. Here are ten delicacies worthy of polishing the good silver – even though they’ll be just as delicious eaten with your fingers.

Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner's Apple Fruit Cake

1. Apple Fruit Cake

 Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

William and Kate’s multi-tiered wedding cake is a fruit cake made by Leicestershire baker Fiona Cairns, containing plenty of dried fruits, nuts, citrus zest and French brandy. This traditional apple fruit cake recipe, a popular choice for British celebrations, is full of raisins, prunes, candied cherries, chopped apples, and hard cider. While your wedding watch party might not involve as many foreign dignitaries, your guests will surely be impressed.

Click here for  Victoria and Brigitte’s Apple Fruit Cake Recipe

2.  Chocolate Biscuits with Soft Chocolate Centres

The ‘groom’s cake’ has been a British tradition since the Victorian era, and Prince William has chosen his childhood favorite: a chocolate biscuit cake, which is a mousse-like confection made of chocolate and some 1,700 McVitie’s biscuit cookies, covered in chocolate decorations. These chocolate biscuits provide a taste of luxury, and, like the Prince’s choice, will be very popular with little ones

Click here for Jamie’s Chocolate Biscuits with Soft Chocolate Centres Recipe

3.  Chive-Studded Yorkshire Pudding


Lauren Groveman

Also known as “pockets,” Yorkshire pudding is a staple dish of British Sunday lunch, often served with roast beef and gravy. The Yorkshire pudding appetizers at the royal wedding will be miniature two-bite versions filled with roast beef and horseradish cream.

Click here for  Lauren’s Chive-Studded Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

4. Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon

corn meal

Michael Lomonaco

With complimentary flavors that are suited to an English-style afternoon tea and sophisticated enough for a more black-tie affair, this versatile corn canapé would also be welcome first thing in the morning for the most enthusiastic wedding watchers.

Click here for Michael’s Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon Recipe

5. Flaky Scones
Rose Levy Beranbaum

No tea party would be complete without scones and cream, and this version offers up a comforting and familiar pastry that’s moist, substantial and sweet. Dried cranberries, lemon zest and poppy seeds serve as refreshing additions to the tried-and-true basic recipe.

Click here for Rose’s Flaky Scones Recipe

6. Orange, Belgian Endive and Quinoa Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette 

 Tal Ronnen

Champagne vinaigrette adds a note of formality to this bittersweet salad, while quinoa provides a nutty crunch. Colorful diced red onion, orange segments and basil chiffonade make it as picture-perfect as the Royal Wedding photos.

Click here for  Tal’s Orange, Belgian Endive and Quinoa Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette Recipe

7. Heirloom Tomato and Cheese Tart

Rick Rodgers

This phyllo tart makes a tasty appetizer cut into bite-sized rectangles, or can be sliced into six pieces and served over salad for a more substantial meal.

Click here for Rick’s Heirloom Tomato and Cheese Tart Recipe


Nancy Silverton

These open-faced finger sandwiches are easily modified to suit your preferences: radicchio, roasted red pepper, zucchini and fresh thyme, cherry tomatoes, potato and rosemary, or festive champagne grapes all make for simple but elegant toppings.

Click here for Nancy’s Snackbreads Recipe


Swiss CheeseJames Beard

With variations including chicken, ham, and codfish, these tiny croquettes (from the French “croquer”, meaning to crunch) are a welcome addition to the hors d’oeuvre lineup.

Click here for James’ Croquettes Recipe

10. Chess Cakes

Ann Amernick

These English tartlets are filled with raisin and walnut custard spiced with ginger, allspice and vanilla. They pair perfectly with crème anglaise for dessert or for teatime.

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