Victoria Sandwich


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The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

By Annie Gray

Published 2019

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Split sandwich cakes often make an appearance in the kitchen and drawing room at Downton Abbey. This is probably the best-known cake of that type in Britain, but the original version was not the large round cake visible at Downton and usually served under the name today, but a delicate pile of finger sandwiches made with sponge cake and spread with what the recipe in Isabella Beeton’s The Book of Household Management calls “nice preserves.” The Beeton book is, like the Victoria sandwich, iconic, and was the first to call the cake the Victoria sandwich, named, of course, after Queen Victoria. It’s very middle class, aimed at families such as one in which Matthew grew up, and a Victoria sandwich can be seen on the table when Isobel is having tea with Lord Merton during the budding romance of season 5. Although Beeton’s book isn’t one that would have been used much in the aristocratic context of Downton, the recipe, with its simple measurements and ingredients, is a classic. The modern Victoria sandwich includes whipped cream along with the jam.



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