The "royal wave" goes something like this: fingers together, hand cupped, head slightly tilted while you pretend to screw in a lightbulb in slow motion. Great! Practice that in bed a few times while your court prepares breakfast for you. Oh wait, un-cup your hand and forward this so that your people have something to work with for breakfast. Remember, when you wave to your loyal subjects, the hand never goes above the tiara.
Okay folks, time to make breakfast fit for a queen. It should be served in bed, absolutely. Here's what we have on deck for you. Don't be afraid. It looks fancy, but it's really easy. She'll be so proud of you. (She's always so proud of you anyway.)
Go to the grocery store yesterday so you can get cracking on breakfast first thing in the morning. Other stops to consider are flowers, cards and gifts. You know her best, so make it something special. Perhaps she would rather that you do or make something special together. Give it some thought. Make her day.
Here's your shopping list: butter, flour, milk, eggs, vanilla, powdered sugar, a lemon, and the juiciest berries you can find.
Turn the oven on. Put the butter in a pan and put it in the oven while it preheats and while you measure out your ingredients. Check the butter after a few minutes to make sure it doesn't burn. Place the pan on your stove top until you are ready for it. For goodness sake, don't forget to use oven mitts.
The recipe is down below, but basically, you mix most of your ingredients altogether in a bowl and pour it into the hot pan. Back into the oven it goes. Use this time to get a beverage going. Coffee, tea, mimosa?
You'll know it's ready when it puffs up like a crown and the center is no longer liquid.
Fill the crown with with berries, dust with sugar and squeeze a little lemon juice over the top. Slice up a generous wedge and humbly serve your queen.
The queen's crown
Some call this a Dutch Baby or a German pancake. The edges puff up and look like a crown to us when it's done, so we couldn't resist giving it a new name. It will deflate a bit as it cools, but the queen should still hold her head high.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 pints strawberries, washed and hulled
1/4 of a lemon
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Put the butter in a frying pan that has an oven-safe handle. Put the pan in the oven while the oven is preheating in order to melt your butter and heat up your pan.
Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl. Add flour, milk and vanilla extract. Remove the pan from the oven. Pour the batter over the melted butter.
Put the pan back in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Fill center with berries, dust with powdered sugar and squeeze lemon juice over the top.
DONT BURN YOUR HANDS!
Oven-safe handles get hot. Keep an oven mitt on the handle to avoid grabbing the hot handle with your bare hands while you are slicing up the Queen’s Crown.