Moira Copland made a War Cake for the Merrylee Allotments open day, celebrating the centenary of the site. Overall reviews were very good!
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups raisins or sultanas
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 cup water
- zest of 1 orange
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 2 cups flour
Combine all ingredients except the baking soda and flour.
Place in a pot and boil for 3 minutes then leave to cool.
Dissolve baking soda in hot water or milk then add to the mixture along with the flour.
Bake in a moderate oven for 1 hour.
Moira received the following reviews for this cake:
'I love this!! Great texture and flavour'
'Fab with a cuppa'
'Just how a "cake" should be'
'Lovely balance of sweetness and texture'
'In comparison to eggless and milkless, etc. this is a flop, dull and dry'
'It's all right for me but my mum and dad loved it'
'Good taste - texture too'
'Really nice - a bit dry at the top of my piece'
Image: Female bakers preparing the pastry for cakes, pies etc. at the Hammersmith Baths, turned into a public food kitchen. © IWM (Q 54563)