“Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married!
Goin’ to the chapel and we’re gonna get married…”
And this song has been stuck in my head since I turned on the tv yesterday and saw all of the Royal Wedding coverage! I am torn between being extremely excited to watch and partly irritated by all of the coverage this wedding is getting. Maybe irritated isn’t the word. But I just want Kate and William to enjoy their day. I hope it is a day that will celebrate their love for each other, not their money or status. I guess Kate knew it wouldn’t really be her day as it is all of the regular brides, but shared with millions of people. I also wonder what their conversations are. I remember watching However I do like their love story and think Kate has real class from what I can tell. Maybe someone will be able to do an interview of her. That would be interesting to watch. Newho! Yay wedding! Pretty sparkly things! Beautiful flowing dressings and the hats. Oh the hats! And the jewels! For whatever Kate had to give up to have a brilliant wedding, she gets reimbursed by just wearing those beautiful jewels! And because the event is in the morning, they get to have several parties one which includes brunch!! How cool! Reminds me of Lane’s weddings from Gilmore Girls!
So everyone take your pick as to how you celebrate the event! Me personally (if I did not have to work) would have a tea in the form of a brunch! 😉 with my finest china laid out on my table! My suggested menu is based on several things. Some of the menu items are similar to what is thought to be served at the parties (*), others are personal favorites of the bride and groom (^), and the rest are what I imagine as tastes of a wedding! The chocolate covered tea biscuits are actually tea cookies that Prince William is having in his groom’s cake. I was able to taste them during my stay in London, they are pretty spectacular! I cannot wait to get the recipe for the cookie cake!!! They are available in the international aisle and made by McVities. The tea to serve with Longbourn Wedding Tea of course, or Queen Anne.
Vanilla Bean Scones
with Clotted Cream
Raspberry Jam and Orange Marmalade
Sticky Toffee Pudding^
Wedding Cake Petit Fours
Chocolate Covered Tea Biscuits*^
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 kosher salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2-3 vanilla beans, seeds scraped out
1 1/4 cups buttermilk, plus 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extra
1/4 cup heavy cream (for brushing)
1/4 cup sugar (for sprinkling)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients. Then mix the vanilla beans into the dough. Make a well in the middle of the mixture, and pour in the 1 1/4 cup buttermilk and vanilla. Mix lightly, adding the extra tablespoon of buttermilk if the dough seems too dry. Turn out onto a lightly flours board, and pat to a 1 1/2 inches thick disk. Then cut into desired triangles. Place the scones onto a pre-greased pans. Brush liberally with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake the scones for about 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.