Victoria Sponge with a Lemon Curd Filling

This week I made a victoria sandwich with homemade lemon curd filling like they used to in the Victorian times.

The lemon curd was easier to make than I thought it would be.  To make it you mix eggs, sugar, butter, lemon juice and lemon zest and you stir for about 5 -10 minutes then you reduce the heat and simmer until it thickens.  I learnt how to sterilise jam jars but I managed to burn the seal in some of the lids but leaving them in the oven to long.

The sponge went well but I need to improve on getting an even bake.IMG_1581

Did you know:-  The Victoria sponge is an English bake and was called a Victoria sponge because it was made for Queen Victoria.It was invented as a sweet treat for her to have at tea time with her royal friends.

Victoria sandwich cakes became her favorite sweet treat.  Lemon curd would be used for the middle of Victoria sponge but today we use jam.

Queen Victoria would invite her friends to have tea with her and they would dress finely.  It was traditional to have a pot of tea with the victoria sponge.

Lemon curd is an English recipe and was known as Lemon Cheese” It was made as an alternative to jams and jellys, but it isn’t known as a jam because it only lasts a few weeks.


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