Returning to the kitchen on Friday was exactly what English chef Oli Harding needed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“It’s heartbreaking. It’s like losing a family member. It’s hard to talk about it a bit to be honest,” Harding said.
The professional cooking teacher is paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by baking a Queen Elizabeth cake, something he coincidentally taught students at the Pearson School of Culinary Arts last week.
The cake batter contains dates soaked in coffee or tea.
“Being English I’m a bit biased, I would always prefer to use tea,” he told Global News, with a mix of dry and wet ingredients.
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“We bake it and then we make a really good glaze with cream, coconut and lots of sugar. So, yeah, it’s pretty decadent. Delicious,” Harding said.
One would assume that the cake was made for the queen. However, its origins are disputed.
“According to one story, it was for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. There was another account that was actually created 20 years prior for his father,” Harding said.
Everything made in the culinary arts program ends up in the school shop. The store sells the dessert when it is prepared three times a year.
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When the store opened after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the hottest item was the $8 Queen Elizabeth cake.
“We started the day with almost a hundred pieces of Queen Elizabeth cake, and at the end of the day we had one left over that had slipped behind boxes of cakes that had been made,” said Christie Brown, associate director of vocations at Pearson. .
The cake won’t be on sale again until December, so Thursday customers are extremely lucky.
“We had a little boy who came with his mum and when he saw we were selling the Queen Elizabeth cakes he said, ‘Oh we absolutely have to buy this cake so we can pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth this evening”” Brun said.
Harding says you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy the cake that goes best with a cup of tea. But what better time to do so than to honor the late Queen herself.
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