Victorian Mixed Berry Turnover

We had an unpleasant surprise in the kitchen this morning. Our fridge/freezer had been accidently turned off at the plug (not pointing a finger at anyone in particular…) and overnight everything inside had been slowly defrosting. Realising we had a surplus of food to use up, I quickly tried to think of something speedy and simple I could make. Flicking through my trusty collection of Mrs Beeton’s recipes (from her 1861 Book of Household Management), I came across one entitled “Fruit Turnovers (Suitable for Picnics)”. Perfect to use up the thawed puff pastry and mixed berries! I adapted the recipe slightly to create my own modern version of this simple, but tasty, pastry.

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Empire Biscuits

Hi! This post is about Empire biscuits, sweet biscuits (sort of like shortbread) sandwiched together with jam. The biscuit has white icing on top, and is normally decorated with a glace cherry. I hadn’t heard of them before but I stumbled upon them online and decided to have a go making them!

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Victoria Sandwich

Hi there! Welcome to my blog.
I have just finished a degree in History and Music and find myself with much more free time than I am used to. I decided to use it to pursue two passions of mine: history and baking! I love baking (and eating) cakes and other sweet treats and thought I could combine this with my interest in history (I am racking my brains for a way I can include my love of music too!). In each post I will focus on a particular baked good, some well-known and some more obscure, write a little about its history and provide my own modern adaption of a recipe so anyone can make it at home.  I hope you enjoy!

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