Poor Knights Fritters

This is the 1940s equivalent of “Fast Food”… it’s not that good for you BUT….

Consumed occasionally, I am sure it helped fill a gap and a sweet tooth craving taking only minutes to prepare. Having baked lemon cupcakes and drop scones for the girls this morning (that weren’t vegan nor 1940s) I REALLY needed something quick and sweet to help me stay away from temptation so I fried these up..

Non-vegan, non-1940s treats for the girls

Now I can carry on with some 1940s baking and feel less deprived knowing I’ve had something “naughty”…

Poor Knights Fritters (serves 4)

  • 8 large slices of bread
  • little bit of margarine (I used Earth Balance for vegans)
  • jam, golden syrup or thick fruit puree
  • little fat for frying


  1. Make sandwiches of the bread, margarine and jam (or whatever filling you choose)
  2. Cut into 4 fingers and fry in a little hot fat, turning once, until browned on both sides
  3. Sprinkle with sugar

You can make nicer fritters by mixing a beaten reconstituted dried egg with a little milk and dipping the fingers before frying..

6 thoughts on “Poor Knights Fritters

  1. I used to make these for the children when money was tight in the early seventies. They loved them, they’re quite tasty for grownups too! To save on margarine I just used jam in the sandwiches, then dipped them in a milk and egg mixture before frying.

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  3. I made these this morning for my 9 y/o son. He loves them and has requested… no demanded, that we have these every Wednesday morning for breakfast and as an occasional after school snack.

  4. Poor knight I know as stale bread, dipped in milk so it softens, than fried in a pan and served with cinnamon and powdered sugar(or jam). Not as fritters but whole slices.

    Monk cake was something similiar, stale buns, hollowed from the top, dipped in milk and into the hollow something sweet was put.

    Fresh/dried fruits, preserves, jam, some ground nuts and than they were put in the oven and baked. Similiar to baked apple I guess.

    If you were lucky some kind of pudding mixture(not the english pudding, more like custard, thickened with starch) was poured into the pan with the buns and baked together.

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