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Remembrance Day

11 Nov

First and foremost a compassionate word for those who have risked their lives, lost their families and those who are still out there fighting for freedom. “For love of our country they accepted death” (James A Garfield) and we owe them at least a moments silence as a gesture of our gratitude.

Well after looking up the history of the Great War, I came across some interesting recipes which we still lovingly make today. For most deserts were a luxury, but for those who were lucky enough to score up a yummy treat their options ranged from fruit crumbles to fruit cake and bread pudding. Having been governed by the Food minister that rationing was imperative, families knew no such thing as wasting. Here is a quick, historical recipe for bread pudding, where stale bread was transformed into a scrumptious treat.

What you will need (nothing is measured accurately purely because families merely chucked in remainders of what they had in order to enjoy this comforting desert):
– A few slices of stale bread
– Dollops of butter/margarine
– Sprinkles of sugar (extra for topping)
– Sprinkles of raisins and sultanas
– 1 egg (dried)
– Milk
– Cinnamon

What you do:
1) Preheat the oven to 160°C
2) Soften out stale bread by soaking it in water for 10 minutes.
3) Squeeze bread until firmly dry, place into an oven proof dish and add all the dry ingredients (except the spices).
4) Add milk till it reaches a sticky consistency.
5) Top with cinnamon before popping into the oven.
6) 10 minutes before it browns, sprinkle some sugar and extra cinnamon to make the top crisp up.
7) Take it out the oven and enjoy while hot.

It is interesting to think something we take for granted today was seen as a reward to most people during the war. If you know of any other rationing war recipes, I’d love to know about them.

Keep it delicious!

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