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War Economy Recipe Book


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Eggless Gingerbread.

¼lb. margarine, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup syrup, 2 teaspoons soda, 2 teaspoons ginger, ½ cup sugar, ¾ milk, 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Put all in a basin and warm until frothy; cool a little and add 2½ cups flour. Bake 1 hour in moderate oven.

Eggless Walnut or Fruit Cake.

½lb. butter, ½lb. sugar, ½lb. dates, 1 dessertspoon treacle, 1 tablespoon cocoa, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 4 teaspoons vinegar, 1 large cup milk, ½lb. chopped walnuts, 2 large cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, vanilla to flaour. Beat butter and sugar, add milk with treacle and soda (heated), add flour, cocoa, baking powder, then dates and nuts, lastly vinegar and vanilla. Bake ¾ hour. Ice top. Substitute sultanas for walnuts.

Railway Cake.

1lb. flour, 4ozs. sugar, 2ozs. peel, 1 teaspoon spice, 4ozs. beef dripping, ½lb. sultanas, 2 teaspoons baking powder. Rub dripping into flour, mix with milk or milk and water, into a stiff dough. Bake about 1½ hours.

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Eggless Sponge.

¼lb. butter, ¼lb. sugar, 10ozs. flour, 2 teaspoons cocoa, 2 teaspoons syrup, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 level teaspoons soda, 1 large cup milk. Beat butter and sugar, add half milk with the syrup, then other ingredients and other half of milk with soda dissolved in it, slightly warmed. Ice with chocolate icing. Nice for school lunches.

Sicily Cake.


3 large cups flour, 1lb. sultanas, 1½ cups sugar, ½lb butter, 3 teaspoons carbonate dissolved in little milk. Beat butter and sugar to a cream, add flour and sultanas gradually, then milk and soda, and further milk to make a nice mixture. Bake in moderate oven.

Catania Cake.

(Eggless, Butterless.)

1 cup brown sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, 1¼ cups water, 2 cups flour, 1 cup any dried fruit, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 oz. cut peel (optional), ¾ cup lard. Flavour with cinnamon. Boil sugar, water, fruit, lard, salt and spice together in saucepan for three minutes. When cool add sifted flour and baking powder. Mix well and bake in greased cake tin about 45 minutes in moderate oven.

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Health Loaf.

(No Eggs, Butter or Sugar.)

Into a baking bowl put one cup of milk. Mix into it 2 tablespoons syrup, 1 cup bran, 1 cup flour and, lastly, 1 teaspoon baking powder. Mix altogether and put into greased billy. Put lid on and steam for 2 hours.

Fruit Loaf.

(No Eggs or Butter)

6oz. flour, 6oz. wholemeal, 3oz. sugar, 60z. mixed fruit, 3 dessertspoons vinegar, milk to mix, salt to taste. Mix dry ingredients, add milk, adding vinegar last. Bake in moderate oven about 1 hour.

Apple Cake.

¼lb. butter, 5 tablespoons flour, 1½ teaspoons sugar, 3 teaspoons cornflour, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, small teaspoon baking powder. Mix flour, cornflour, sugar and cinnamon together; melt butter and work in. If not moist enough add a little milk. Roll out thin and cover plate with a layer of paste, put stewed apples on top and cover with layer of paste. Bake in moderate oven.

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Cheap Seed Cake.

1½ cups flour, 2oz. sugar, 2oz. dripping, ½ cup milk, 1 preserved egg, 1½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, Hansells carraway, essence to flavour. Put powder in the flour, rub in dripping, add all dry ingredients, beat egg, add milk, mix, pour into well-buttered tin. Bake 1 hour.

Allied Cake.

¼lb. butter, cup brown sugar, ¼lb. raisins, teaspoon spice, ¼lb. sultanas, ¼lb. currants, ½cup syrup, nutmeg. Put into bowl, pour over ½ pint hot water in which 1 heaped teaspoon soda has been dissolved, then stir in sufficient flour to make a medium batter (about 3 cups). Bake 1½ hours in medium oven.

Tobruk Eggless Cake.

½lb. margarine or butter, ½lb. flour, ½lb. ground rice, ½lb. sugar, ½lb. currants, ½lb. sultanas, ½oz. cinnamon, 1 teaspoon soda, pinch salt, milk to mix. Cream butter and sugar, add dry ingredients. Put soda in milk and warm and add last. Bake 2 hours.

Durbin Bun.

½lb. flour, 4ozs. sugar, 2 small teaspoons baking powder, 4 ozs. dripping, 2ozs. currants, pinch mixed spice, salt, milk to mix. Mix flour and salt in basin, rub in dripping, currants, baking powder, sugar, spice and milk. bake in patty pans 15 minutes.

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Fruit Slices.

Filling: 4 or 5 apples, ½lb. dates, 1 tablespoon water, ½ lemon juice (or essence). Stir over fire till soft, and cool before using.

Sift 3 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon soda, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar. Rub in ¼lb. butter or margarine, mix till stiff dough with milk. Roll out half thinly, cover with filling; roll remainder and put on top; prick with fork. Bake in moderate oven. Ice with lemon icing, and cut when cold.

Spiced Honey Cake.

2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 ozs. butter, small teaspoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, salt, milk to mix. Sift dry ingredients, work in butter and honey to soft dough, with milk. Mix together 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon spice, and roll in spoonful of mixture. Place on cold greased tray and bake about 10 minutes in hot oven.

Nutty Joys.

2 large cups rolled oats, 1 large cup brown sugar, ½ large cup flour, 3ozs. melted butter, small teaspoon soda, 2 tablespoons boiling water, almond essence. Mix dry ingredients, add butter and soda dissolved in water. Drop on cold tray and bake slowly till brown.

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All Nations Cake.

3 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1½ cups dripping, 1 cup sultanas, 1 cup raisins, 1 cup milk, 2 teaspoons soda dissolved in milk, 1 dessertspoon syrup (warmed), 2 tablespoons vinegar, peel if liked. Rub dripping into flour, add syrup, sugar and fruit, make hole in centre, pour in milk and soda, give a few stirs, then add vinegar. Bake in fairly deep tin 2½ to 3 hours.

Tunis Cakes.

1oz. butter, 2ozs. brown sugar, 1oz. peel, 4ozs. currants, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, ¼lb. short or flaky pastry. Cream butter and other ingredients. Roll out pastry thinly and cut into rounds. Put a little mixture on each, wet edges, pinch together to form ball, turn over, flatten till currants show through. Mark top, sprinkle with sugar and bake.

Spitfire Cake.

1 cup sugar, 1 cup dripping, 1 cup currants, 1 cup sultanas, 1 cup hot water, ½ packet spice, ½ teaspoonful ginger, lemon peel to taste. Boil together 5 minutes and allow to cool. Add 2½ cups flour, 1 teaspoon soda dissolved in boiling water. Mix well and bake 1½ to 2 hours.

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Victory Gems.

1 teacup bran, ½ teacup wholemeal, ½ teacup syrup, ½ teacup milk, ¼ teaspoon soda, ¼ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, nuts if liked. Mix bran, wholemeal, salt and powder, add syrup warmed, add soda dissolved in milk, and mix well. Cook in ungreased patty tins in moderate oven.

Freyberg Cakes.

3 cups milk oaties, 1 cup flour, ¼lb. margarine, 3 tablespoons sugar, pinch salt, small teaspoon baking powder, little milk warmed to mix. Cream butter and sugar, add oaties, flour, etc., roll out rather thin, cut inpieces and bake in moderate oven.

Stalin Gingerbread.

¼-cup syrup, ½-cup water, 3ozs. shreddo, 2ozs. brown sugar. Boil together 5 minutes, allow to cool, and beat till smooth. Sift ¾lb. flour, 1 teaspoon ground ginger and 1 teaspoon cinnamon into a bowl, add ½ teaspoon soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon warm water into saucepan; then add dry ingredients, mix fairly slack, and bake in shallow tins in slow oven for 1½ hours. Keep 3 days before using. Cut in slices and butter.

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Canadian Cake.


½lb. butter or margarine, ½lb. sugar, 1lb. flour (wholemeal or vi-max), 1 cup milk, 3 level teaspoons soda, ¾lb. fruit (more if desired), pinch salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon spice, 3 tablespoons vinegar. Cream butter and sugar, add other ingredients, lastly vinegar. bake in moderate oven 1½ to 2 hours, according to size of tin.

Cheap Fruit Cake.

1lb. flour, 6ozs. butter, 8ozs. sugar, 2 preserved eggs, 1lb. currants, ¼lb. peel, 1 cup sultanas, 2 teaspoons soda, ½ pint boiled milk, 2 teaspoons lemon essence, 1 teaspoon almond essence. Rub butter into flour, soda and sugar, add fruit, etc., beat eggs. Put into boiling milk and beat again, and add to dry ingredients. Mix well and backe 2½ hours, according to tin.

Economical Chocolate Sponge.

(Sugarless and Butterless.)

3 eggs, ½ cup milk, 2 tablespoons golden syrup, 1 cup flour (large), 1 teaspoon baking powder, vanilla essence, 1 tablespoon cocoa, warm milk and golden syrup (if curdles don't worry). Beat eggs until frothy, sift in flour, baking powder and cocoa, add milk mixture and essence. Mix all well and put in one large or two small tins. Moderate oven about 20 minutes. Ice or fill as desired.