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A Royal Baby Girl? It’s Teatime at Pippa’s Party Pieces!

Oh we do like to hear wonderful news, don’t we? When we heard the announcement from Buckingham Palace yesterday (Sat 2 May) that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby girl was born, out came the pink lights to flash on London landmarks, including Tower Bridge.

Royal macarons tiered stand

In Paris, we brought out the red, white and blue macarons to throw a tea party for a baby princess.

Macaroons fit for a princess

As the royal family are busy debating the baby’s name, Pippa Middelton has also been so kind to  celebrate the arrival of Teatime in Paris by sharing one of the new recipes with readers on her blog, Party Pieces! I love an excuse to get my hat out. Too bad I’m no use at Sunday Selfies.

British royal macaron tea party

So, what do you think the baby’s name will be? Would you choose from the favourites: Charlotte, Alice, Elizabeth or Victoria? Or could it swing to something completely different?

Congratulations to Pippa on the birth of her new baby Princess niece. Please do head pop over to Pippa’s blog at Party Pieces, who is sharing my recipe for Diamond Biscuits to celebrate the arrival of Teatime in Paris in the UK!

 

A Royal Macaron Procession

Et voilà. The fairytale Royal Wedding has perhaps been and gone, but the fun isn’t completely over yet.  A promise is a promise, so let’s continue the celebrations with a Royal Macaron Procession, thanks to you readers.

Royal Macaron Procession

Preparing some royal macarons for the party

It may have been street party galore in Britain on Friday but in Croissy-sur-Seine, just outside Paris, there was another celebration to the Happy Couple amongst a thriving British community.  Sandra Chol – hairdresser extraordinaire of A Cut Above – invited us to view the wedding, complete with hats, British sandwiches and rather good French bubbly; plus it gave me a good excuse to make these macarons for the occasion.

Sandra passing around the egg & cress sandwiches

I hadn’t had egg and cress sandwiches in years!  Funny, since Brandie had just done a post for Egg and watercress sandwiches from The Country Cook.

lots of fun at a royal wedding party in Croissy

Royal Macaron Procession

As the bells were ringing from Westminster Abbey the radiant couple emerged as the Duke and  Duchess of Cambridge.  Now it’s time to pass around the macarons with a Royal Macaron Procession!

Sapphire Blueberry macarons – Royal Macaron Procession

I couldn’t resist making an oval sapphire-themed macaron: inspired by the special Ceylon sapphire and diamond engagement ring that Prince William gave to Kate Middleton.  It was the ring that Princess Diana chose for her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981.  I was personally obsessed with Diana and even tried to copy her hairdo as a teenager!

If you didn’t already see my last guest post, check out Erin’s recipe for Blueberry Curd.  This was an ideal filling for Blueberry macarons to give that royal sapphire look.

Royal Macaron Procession

Eleanor’s Saltire macarons to celebrate the Scottish connection for the Royal Macaron Procession

Meanwhile in Scotland, Eleanor Abraham – my Editor at Waverley Books for Mad About Macarons – was inspired by the Scottish Saltire for the royal macaron procession.  The romance all happened in Scotland, when Prince William and Kate Middleton met at St Andrew’s University (I can’t help feeling sentimental on that one, since I also met my husband at University in Scotland: Scottish Universities have a lot to answer for ;-)).  Did the royal newly-weds head off for a long honeymoon weekend in Scotland, after all?

Macaron Crown by Alan Quelleron

Also in Scotland, Alan Quelleron is another macaron lover.  He works at The New Club in Edinburgh and is always striving for perfection with his macarons and other pastries.  Here is Alan’s Royal-inspired Champagne, Strawberry and Peanut Butter Macaron. The odd Champagne bubble will still tingle in the mouth when you eat this rich yet light macaron. Did you know that Pol Roger Champagne was served at the wedding?  Pol Roger was Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite bubbly.

Alan’s Champagne, Raspberry and Peanut Butter Macaron for the Royal Macaron Procession

Meanwhile in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Raja Suzana was joining in the Royal Macaron Procession with these beauties.

Rose & white chocolate macarons from Raja Suzana

Raja, en ex-flight attendant, is not only a keen baker and macaronivore but sounds like a Bond Girl: she has climbed Mount Kinabalu twice (at 4095m, the highest mountain in South East Asia) and is into scuba diving and underwater photography.  Suzana was inspired with rose and white chocolate macarons.

From Raja Suzana, Malaysia

It’s funny how we both chose the same kind of colour scheme.  I’ve done a macaron version of the British classic dessert, Bakewell Tart: except these are gluten-free without the pastry.  I basically took the recipe for almond macarons (see p.38), added a dash of lemon zest and a touch of raspberry jam on top, before assembling the macaron shells for the Royal Macaron Procession.

Royal Macaron Procession

Bakewell Tart Macarons

Others with blueberry curd

Royal Macaron Procession

Royal Cupcakes? Excuse me, make way for the Royal Macarons…

All Lights on the Royal Wedding

Did you know that the fourth largest surge in electricity was recorded in the UK following the end of TV coverage of the wedding?  The nation were dying for their cuppa following the end of the broadcast and the equivalent of a million kettles were boiled at exactly the same time.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Macarons

Apparently Kate Middleton adores another classic, British dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding.  I have a recipe for a gluten-free Sticky Toffee Pudding macaron version on p.86 of Mad About Macarons, including another dessert version in the last chapter.

On the other hand, Prince William loves chocolate.  So here’s a chocolate-caramel macaron (recipe on p.55), given the royal touch by brushing on some bronze metallic food lustre.

Chocolate-caramel Royal Macaron Procession

Thanks so much for taking part!