Orange scones

This is my second recipe in my Royal Recipes series. These orange scones are a bit different, they don’t have any dried fruits in them. Besides this, the recipe is the well know scone recipe. The scones Queen Elizabeth loves are flavoured with orange zest and they also contain orange blossom water. I had no orange blossom water, so I’ve added good quality orange flavouring instead. I will make them again with orange blossom, to see if there is a big difference between them.

I mentioned the scones are made by the traditional recipe, so, for me, this means Mary Berry’s recipe. I made her scones and variations of the scones so many times, and they turn out amazing every time.

The orange scones are served with orange marmalade, traditionally, and, of course, clotted cream. I’ve added a twist and decided to make another batch of Orange Jam. As it’s a Tudor recipe (for non-Brits, this means from the 16th century), I though it would be appropriate to serve it with these orange scones.

Orange scones, clotted cream, tea, orange jam

Ingredients for 6 scones:
– 225g self-raising flour white
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 35g butter, soften
– 25g sugar
– orange flavouring
– orange zest
– 1 egg
– 110 ml milk
– clotted cream for serving
Orange jam for serving

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Tschumi’s Chocolate Cake

Today I’m starting a new series on my blog, called Royal Recipes. Tschumi’s Chocolate Cake is the first recipe in this new series. I wanted to make it for my birthday, as it’s the Royal Birthday Cake and it has been that way for the past 100 years. As my birthday is on the same day as Prince Charles’s birthday, I imagine the Royal Family had a slice of this cake at the same time I did. It doesn’t matter if they didn’t, the Tschumi’s Chocolate Cake will be my birthday cake from now on. I loved it, it’s so rich and chocolatey, delicious.

Tschumi's Chocolate Cake. Slice of cake

Gabriel Tschumi was a Swiss chef to three monarchs, Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and King George V. He made this cake for the first time for Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth’s Grandmother, for her birthday. As I mentioned before, in the last 100 years, this was the cake for the Royal birthdays. Queen Elizabeth loves this cake. When it comes to Royal protocol, no names and no numbers are ever put on the birthday cake.

Ingredients for 8 slices:
– 6 egg yolks
– 2 eggs
– 110g sugar
– 60g white plain flour
– 50g butter
– 450g dark chocolate 54% cocoa solids
– 450g double cream
– freeze dried strawberries

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