Gut Check happily celebrates National Pretzel Day, National Doughnut Day and 50%-Off-Cadbury-Crème-Egg Day, also known as Easter Monday (okay, we sort of made that one up). Naturally, we're beyond ecstatic about the royal wedding. Pageantry, crown jewels, hats that look more like spun-sugar confections than headgear. What's not to love?
Apparently, we're not alone. Jane Muscroft of Queen's Cuisine (Suite 412 F, 800 North Tucker Blvd, 618-205-6188) has seen a spike in business before the big day and has been packing shipments to New York, Wyoming, New Jersey, and North Carolina. The most popular item, "Breakfast for a Group of Friends," includes a tin of tea, sixteen scones and bride and groom shortbread cookies.
Those of us whose royal invitations got lost in the mail can purchase the commemorative shortbreads today at the Maplewood Farmers' Market, through the Queen's Cuisine website, or at The London Tea Room (1520 Washington Avenue, 314-241-6556). Muscroft usually makes her shortbreads in heart shapes, but has now crafted edible silhouettes of the royal couple. In the simpler version ($4.95/pair), the buttery shortbread is certainly rich enough, but royal weddings demand something more. The cookies are also available dipped in chocolate ($8/pair): white chocolate for the princess and dark chocolate for the heir to the throne.
Royal guests will enjoy slices of English-style wedding cake, an iced fruitcake and the late Princess Diana's favorite, Chocolate Biscuit Cake. Somehow, the taste for iced fruitcake hasn't really made its way across the Atlantic, but Muscroft did track down the recipe for the biscuit cake from Eating Royally by Darren McGrady, former chef to the queen. Muscroft sells individual heart-shaped cakes for $6.50 and a six-inch cake for $18.50.
The cake is made from crushed tea cookies (hence "biscuit cake") and warm chocolate sauce, which hardens as it cools. The entire cake is then coated in chocolate and garnished with icing roses. Like we said, what's not to love about a royal wedding?
Unlike Gut Check, Muscroft won't be watching the wedding at 4 a.m. Instead, she'll be sleeping in and watching a recorded version at a 10 a.m. viewing party with friends. Her culinary advice for the royal couple? "Enjoy every moment of it. I don't know if I could eat with all that pressure!"