The Victorian Era was named for Queen’s reign in the United
Kingdom. It was a time of ever-changing trends, with scientific discoveries,
medical knowledge and key advancements in medicine, engineering, art, literature,
and, of course, food! When it comes to food, the story is not as different as
one might think! It may be a shocker to a lot of people, but many of the
recipes, meals, kitchen conventions, products, and even meal formats we take
for granted were novelties brought about by the Victorians.
Though some of the 1800s foods aren’t likely to make a
whopping comeback, many recipes are delicious, comforting, and most of all,
easy to make at home. The Victorian era gave us so much, including a treasure
trove of cakes and puddings that we still cherish today. From Sticky pudding
and Lancashire HotPot to Victoria Sponge Cake, feast on this specially compiled
collection of Victorian-style recipes that are fit for a Queen!
Back in the days, when people could no longer tend to their
stews as they worked at home, Hot Pots, or slow-cooking meals that could be in
the oven for hours, became more commonplace. Like many other hot pot
variations, Lancashire HotPot became popular and rightly so! It tastes divine!
It was traditionally made with mutton, but it’s been made with lamb in the last
century. Lamb cooked to perfection melts away in your mouth, leaving your taste
buds wanting more! You can top it with golden potatoes or baked pastry. The
crunch at the top is something to die for! This recipe should be on everybody’s
kitchen menu! It’s that good!
Victoria Sponge Cake
The victorian era is incomplete without Victoria Sponge
Cake! In 1843 Alfred Bird, a food manufacturer from England, invented the
baking powder, which was the magic ingredient in baking, of course! It allowed
cakes to rise to a height and helped to make them lighter, fluffier and more
aired cakes. The Victoria Sponge, sometimes called Victoria Sandwich Cake, was
then created as a celebration for Queen Victoria, who enjoyed eating cake with
jam at her afternoon tea time. Victoria Sponge Cake never really went off the
radar because people love and crave this cake to this day. It is a popular
treat, and the recipe is easy to make. Try and whip up this delicious royal
cream and jam-filled teacake. Enjoy!
Spongy Fruit Pudding
Dried fruit pudding was very popular among Victorians, and
probably the most popular recipe of them all is the good’ol “Spongy Fruit
Pudding”. A spongy pudding, traditionally made with raisins and suet, this
mouth-watering delicious pudding is often served with cream, custard and, more
recently, with a nice dollop of ice cream. This spongy fruit pudding has the
citrusy zing of orange zest, and it is steamed to perfection. If you are a fan
of light and delicious desserts, this one should go straight into your menu!
Once you try this, there is no coming back! The chance of you serving this
spongy pudding at every tea gathering is high, and the guests won’t be complaining
either. Take a trip down the Victorian era with this delightful dessert.