Classic Victoria Sandwich

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I made this cake nearly a month ago now but due to life being a little chaotic (the joys of being a teacher such as parent’s evening, governor meetings and residentials to the Isle of Wight!) it’s only now it’s half term that I’ve found the time to catch up on a few posts. I wanted to make a classic Victoria sandwich to showcase the vanilla and plum jam I made recently. We had a training day at school, which I was leading, so needed something to keep everyone happy! I’ve made a few Victoria sandwiches in my time and have always been lucky to have not experienced any disasters. I decided to opt for a Jo Wheatley recipe from ‘A Passion for Baking’. There are lots of different options for filling your cake such as buttercream, fresh cream and fresh fruit. Some people will insist it should only be filled with jam with a sprinkling of caster sugar on the top. I opted for buttercream with my homemade jam. It certainly went down well at school and was gone within 15 minutes!
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Blackberry jam crumble shortbreads

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I received John Whaite’s ‘John Whaite Bakes At Home’ for my birthday in August and until recently had not had the chance to try out any of the recipes. One of the recipes that had caught my eye was this blackberry jam crumble shortbread recipe. I love blackberry recipes and have been disappointed that I’ve been so busy that I’ve not been able to try anymore recipes other than this recipe and the autumn traybake I made back in August.
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