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5 deliciously low-cost Coronation recipes

Isobel Lawrance 26th Apr 2023 No Comments

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A three-day weekend sounds good to us – but do you know what sounds even better? The delicious food we are going to be eating over the celebration period. When you think of British party food, images of pork pies, strawberries and cream and trifle come to mind. There are so many Coronation recipes to choose from.

There is a whole world of scrummy, mouth-watering recipes out there for you to try, and they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Homemade recipes are not only nicer a lot of the time, but you can get more bang for your buck. Put in a little time and love and your purse will thank you.

So, here are our top 5 deliciously low-cost Coronation recipes.


Eton Mess Scones

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Serves: 6

Cost per serving: £1.10

Eton mess alone gets the tastebuds tingling – but throw in a scone and you’ve got a real winner. For this recipe, all you need is a punnet of strawberries, 300ml of double cream, three meringue nests, six scones and some strawberry jam.

From Aldi, this will cost you:

  • £2.09 for a punnet of strawberries
  • £1.35 for 6 scones
  • £1.29 for 8 meringue nests
  • £1.79 for 300ml double cream
  • 39p for a 454g jar of Everyday Essentials Strawberry Jam (Approx. 300g needed: 11p)

Total = £6.63

Cost per serving = £1.10

Don’t forget, you will have lots of leftover jam to use for toast, scones and other yummy treats. You can find the full recipe here.


Coronation Chicken Salad

Serves: 4

Cost per serving: £1.26

It’s not a royal celebration without making some delicious Coronation chicken. Coronation chicken was created in 1953, when chefs Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume were preparing food for the banquet to celebrate Queen Elizabeth The Second’s Coronation. There’s no better way to celebrate our new monarch than honouring the last.

This filling and super easy to make Coronation chicken salad from Delicious will be a hit amongst your guests, and it will take you very little time to put together.

For this recipe, you will need mayonnaise, curry powder, 2 chicken breasts, 85g watercress, half a cucumber, 100g cherry tomatoes, lemon juice and mango chutney.

From Asda, this will cost you:

  • 72p for a 500g tube of mayonnaise (approx. 20g needed: 2p)
  • £1.30 for 80g curry powder (approx. 8g needed: 13p)
  • £3.76 for 1kg chicken breasts (approx. 750g needed: £2.82)
  • £1 for 85g watercress
  • 79p for a whole cucumber (only half needed: 40p)
  • 65p for 250g cherry tomatoes (only 100g needed: 33p)
  • 75p for 250ml lemon juice (approx. 45ml needed: 14p)
  • £1.25 for 250g mango chutney (35g needed: 18p)

Total: £10.22

Cost per serving: £1.26

You will have mayonnaise, curry powder, half a cucumber, cherry tomatoes, lemon juice and mango chutney left over. This means can easily double the recipe and would only need to buy extra chicken and watercress. You can find the full recipe here.


Ham and potato salad

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Serves: 4

Cost per serving: 99p

This is not your usual potato salad. Adding veg and meat creates a whole new recipe and will go down a treat. This fresh salad will become a hit and is extremely easy to make. Plus, it will look like you spent hours slaving away, when really, it’ll take you less than 30 minutes.

This recipe consists of the following ingredients: gammon, red onion, cider vinegar, baby potatoes, green beans, parsley, olive oil, mustard and honey. Just a few ingredients can create a gourmet salad.

From Tesco, this will cost you:

  • £4.09 for 1kg of gammon (500g needed = £2.05)
  • 21p for 1 red onion
  • £1.05 for 350ml cider vinegar (45ml needed = 15p)
  • £1.20 for 1kg baby potatoes (750g needed = 90p)
  • 85p for 220g green beans (125g needed = 48p)
  • 80p for 180g wholegrain mustard (18g needed = 8p)
  • 75p for 340g jar honey (34g needed = 8p)

Total: £8.95

Cost per serving: 99p

As with the other recipes, you will have leftovers of practically everything. You can use the leftover potatoes and green beans to pad out the salad or use them for a delicious dinner. You’ll also have plenty of honey and mustard to use up after. You can find the full recipe here.


Custard Cream Cupcakes

Serves: 12

Cost per serving: 40p 

This delicious recipe from Jane’s Patisserie is bound to satisfy your sweet tooth. You’ll need butter, sugar, eggs, self-raising flour, custard powder, icing sugar, vanilla extract and custard cream biscuits.

From Asda, this will cost you:

  • £1.99 for 250g butter
  • £1.65 for 1kg caster sugar (150g needed = 25p)
  • £1.80 for 6 eggs (3 needed = 90p)
  • 70p for 1.5kg self-raising flour (125g needed = 9p)
  • £2 for 350g custard powder (90g needed = 52p)
  • 90p for 500g icing sugar (300g needed = 54p)
  • £1.45 for 35ml vanilla extract (5ml needed = 20p)
  • 65p for 400g custard creams (150g needed = 10p)

Total = £10.94

Cost per serving = 40p

You will have a few eggs leftover for brekkie, plenty of flour, icing sugar and vanilla extract to make more cakes in future, custard powder to make desserts and custard creams for your tea. You can find the full recipe here.


Caramelised Onion Tart

Serves: 4

Cost per serving: 85p

This recipe from BBC Good Food is not only delicious, but pretty simple to make. It will take some time (approximately 90 minutes), but it isn’t difficult. The super scrummy caramelised onions and crisp shortcrust pastry are moreish and will win your guests over after one bite.

This recipe has a simple ingredient list: shortcrust pastry, onions, eggs, milk and a cheese of your choice. You’ll also need olive oil and thyme.

From Aldi, this will cost you:

  • £1.09 for a pack of premade shortcrust pastry
  • 95p for 1kg onions (500g needed = 48p)
  • £1.29 for 6 eggs (3 needed = 65p)
  • 90p for 568ml milk (300ml needed = 48p)
  • £2.79 for 400g cheddar cheese (100g needed = 70p)

Total: £7.02

Cost per serving: 85p

You’ll have some milk leftover for your cuppa, plenty of onions to put in your cooking and most of a block of cheese for your sandwiches too! You can find the recipe here.


Which Coronation recipes will you be making this bank holiday weekend?

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