Queen’s Chocolate Perfection Pie recipe: How to make Queen’s favourite royal dessert

Queen Elizabeth II has her meals prepared for her daily by her own private chefs and selects dishes from a rotating royal menu. While the Queen never goes a day without afternoon tea she is also known to love the odd sweet treat after dinner.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady worked as a private cook to the Queen as well as Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Prince William for more than two decades.

The talented chef has allowed royal fans into some the secrets of the palace kitchen and revealed how to make some of the Royal Family’s favourite dishes.

As well as having his own cooking blog theroyalchef.com, Mr McGrady sometimes shares recipes with other culinary websites.

The royal chef shared how to make the Queen’s Perfection Pie recipe with downtonabbeycooks.com.


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For the Pastry

  • 10 floz all-purpose flour
  • 2 floz vanilla sugar (blitz sugar with vanilla bean)
  • 4 floz unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream

For the filling

  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 4 floz sugar
  • ½ tsp. white wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 170.10 g quality semi-sweet chocolate (1 ½ bars)
  • 4 floz water
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 8 floz heavy cream
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 56.70 g white chocolate grated
  • 56.70 g dark chocolate grated


For the Crust

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Prepare the pastry shell

In a large bowl add the flour and sugar and rub in the butter to resemble fine crumbs.

Add the egg yolk and cream and form the paste into a ball. Roll out the pastry and line a 9-inch flan ring, then part bake the flan for 15 minutes.


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First Layer

Prepare the filling.Place a mixing bowl over a pan of boiling water and add 2 eggs, ½ tsp cinnamon, ½ cup sugar, ½ tsp vinegar and the salt.

Whisk until the mixture starts to foam and then remove the bowl from the top of the pan to a cool surface. Continue whisking until the mixture reaches the ribbon stage.

Pour onto the base of the flan and return to the oven until the filling has risen and is firm to the touch — about 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack to allow the filling to sink back into the shell. This is the first layer of the flan.

Second Layer

Melt the 6 ounces of dark chocolate and add the water and egg yolks.

Whisk until combined. Spoon half of the chocolate mix over the top of the sunken filling and return the flan to the oven for a further 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow the flan to cool completely.

Third Layer

Beat the cream and cinnamon until stiff and carefully spread half of the mix into the flan.

This is the third layer.

Fourth Layer

Sprinkle on the grated white chocolate and dark chocolate in decorate manner.

Refrigerate until set — about 1 hour.

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