The Duchess 50 Tea Recipes

If you’re a fan of the British royal family or simply enjoy a delicious treat, then you’re in for a treat! Join me, Carolyn Robb, former chef to Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry, as I share my delightful tea recipes. These recipes have been cherished for generations in my family and have even become favorites of the Royal family. So grab a cup of tea and let’s get baking!

The Duchess 50 Tea Recipes
The Duchess 50 Tea Recipes

Melting Moments: A Family Favorite

One of my most beloved recipes is the melting moments, a delightful shortbread biscuit with a flavorful filling. This recipe has been enjoyed by the Royal family for many years and is perfect for both nursery teas and adult afternoon teas. In fact, I had the honor of preparing these biscuits for Prince William and Prince Harry during their childhood.

A Royal Affair: Garden Parties and Droopy Hats

During my time as a Royal chef, I had the privilege of attending several garden parties at Buckingham Palace. These parties, hosted by Her Majesty the Queen, were grand affairs with thousands of guests. I still remember one particular garden party when it rained heavily, causing many ladies’ hats to become droopy. Despite the rain, the spirit of the event was enchanting, and it’s a memory I will always cherish.

Versatile and Delicious: Melting Moments Recipe

The beauty of the melting moments recipe is its versatility. You can create a variety of flavors by adding different fillings or extracts. Let’s start by preparing the basic dough. Cream together butter and icing sugar, then add flour and custard powder (or corn starch as a substitute). Blend the mixture until it resembles course breadcrumbs, then divide the dough in half. Add ground pecans to one half and coffee powder to the other.

From Kensington Palace to Highgrove: A Royal Journey

My journey as a Royal chef began when I worked for the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at Kensington Palace. This experience eventually led me to cook for Prince Charles and Princess Diana. I still remember my first meeting with Princess Diana, where we discussed the favorite foods of young William and Harry. This meeting went well, and I had the incredible opportunity to cook for both Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Highgrove.

Perfect for Every Celebration: Confirmation Tea and More

Melting moments are not just reserved for Royal celebrations. They are perfect for any intimate family gathering, such as confirmation services, christenings, and weddings. In fact, I was fortunate enough to attend Prince William’s confirmation service, which was a small and special occasion. The love and adoration the Royal family has for each other was evident, and it was a joyous celebration.

Baking and Assembling: Creating Melting Moments

Now that we have our dough, it’s time to roll it out and bake the biscuits. Roll small pieces of dough into balls, flatten them, and create patterns on the top using a cotton reel or fork. Bake the biscuits for 8 to 12 minutes until golden brown. While they cool, prepare the fillings. For the pecan biscuits, use Dulce de leche, and for the coffee biscuits, make a delicious chocolate buttercream. Sandwich the biscuits together and dust with icing sugar.

The Finishing Touch: Enjoying Melting Moments

Sit back, relax, and savor the delightful flavors of these melting moments. The buttery, crispy biscuit pairs perfectly with the luxurious fillings. Serve them with a great cup of tea and share them with your loved ones. These biscuits are perfect for afternoon tea, holidays, or any special occasion. If you want to explore more variations, you can find the complete recipe in my cookbook, “The Royal Touch,” or in my new cookbook, “Tea at the Palace.”

So why wait? Channel your inner Royal chef and create these delectable melting moments. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!


The Duchess 50 Tea Recipes

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