Jemma's trifle is fit for a Queen!

Jemma's trifle is fit for a Queen!

by Tom Martin (May 2022)

A HOME baker’s humble trifle has been crowned the official pudding for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!

Jemma Melvin, from Southport, beat competition from 5,000 other applicants to reach the final five of the national baking competition, called The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Year’s in the Baking, which aired on BBC One on Thursday, May 12.

Jemma’s stunning Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle was named the winner by head judge Dame Mary Berry.

The trifle is made with layers of lemon curd swiss roll, custard, jelly, a mandarin coulis and amaretti biscuits.

It will now join the ranks of royal-inspired dishes, such as coronation chicken and Victoria sponge.

Jemma, a copywriter, said after her thrilling win: “I can’t believe it! Everything I was up against was just the most beautiful desserts and puddings with beautiful stories.

“That this humble trifle has won, is a bit surreal!

“There’s a lot of elements to the pudding but they’re quite simple and that was really important to me - that anyone can make it. I wanted it to be the people’s pudding, not just for the Queen but for the whole country. It still hasn’t sunk in! The fact that this will go down in history is something I’m going to have to process.”

Dame Mary Berry said:It’s absolutely wonderful, I think Britain is going to be so delighted and The Queen too.”

Jemma, who lives in the resort with her long-term partner, James, and their rescue-dog Bella, has been a baker since the of age six.

She said: “My inspiration is both my gran and my nan. My gran is with us but sadly my nan is not, they are both extremely important to me. My gran taught me how to bake but my nan’s signature dish was a trifle. 

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“She was a wonderful, poised lady, just like our Queen.

“Nan used to make a wonderful trifle, but hers was laced with sherry and decorated with kiwi fruit and flaked chocolate.

“My trifle is elevated and fit for the Queen herself.

“I found out that The Queen had lemon posset at her wedding so I decided the pudding had to be based around the lemon flavour. My gran and my nan, they very much liked lemon as well, so it all just slotted into place.

“I think it’ll be perfect for Jubilee celebrations as it’s refreshing for summer. It can also be made in a large dish or in individual portions - whichever you’d prefer.”

The competition to find the official pudding of the Queen’s Platinum jubilee was judged by Dame Mary and celebrity chef, MonicaMonica Galetti and was run by Fortnum and Mason and the Big Jubilee Lunch charity.

Jenna said her friend Sammy sent her a link to apply for the competition.

“I didn’t think I’d go any further but I made it to the final 50, made it to the final five, and now my pudding has been chosen. It’s ridiculous,” she said.

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