Economy Cake First World War

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Date: 16th June 2010


OK OK - I know I promised you the run down on Florence but I've been busy and it really does take me ages to write the blog.

I've just downsized - for the umpteenth time - my books.  I've also been trying to put my remaining books in some kind of order.  I have a very old - falling apart - copy of Mrs. Beeton's  Everyday Cookery.  I bought it second hand, complete with the speckles of age and a spine falling apart.  It's now an antique because it was published in 1909.  So why am I excited - Well I was trying to repair the spine when I looked through and found some old newspaper cuttings - one of them had on the one side a photo of a woman in a Cloche hat (noting that the book was published in 1909 and seeing the title of the recipe on the other side of the cutting, I've placed the recipe at a time during the first World War)

So - I came across ECONOMY CAKE - A Much Prized Recipe!  I don't think I've baked a cake for over 30 years.  Don't think I even baked cakes for my treasured son maintaining that sweet things were not good for him and if I made them, I would eat them too and that was taboo.

I've lived in my flat here for 7 years and the other day my stepfather announced that he was going to bring my mother down for a visit.  They both like biscuits and sweet things so I decided to give the recipe a go!  It was heralded as a cross between a Victoria Sandwich and a sponge cake and apart from the fact that the mixture most definitely would not have spread to two tins it came out as a rather delicious offering.  I'm giving you the cutting below and the only ingredient I altered was the margarine (plastic by any other name) replacing it with unsalted butter.  I threw the whole lot into my Thermomix and then into the oven. The recipe calls for a quick oven - well mine is firmly anchored down and I don't know what is a quick oven so I cooked at 180 for about 15 minutes and it was delicious.  I served it with whipped cream and damson jam spread on top - only had one cake so couldn't make a sandwich but I'm chuffed to bits that I've made a cake from such an old recipe and I doubt it could be bettered today.

Happy Cooking!  Promise I'll get back to Florence and Rye soon.

I hope you will agree that It's such fun to see this old bit of newspaper.


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