10 great 1940s ration book recipes to celebrate VE Day

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Carolyn

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With Victory in Europe Day (75th Anniversary) coming up on May 8th, 2020, I noticed that over the past few days I’ve had a lot of searches for ‘VE Day Party Recipes’ visiting my website. I thought maybe it would be helpful to perhaps pick 10 tasty (and occasionally bizarre) recipes that could be fun to make and taste and provide some authentic WW2 ration book recipe treats for those planning celebrations.

There is all sorts of fun below including vinegar cake, carrots in cookies, marmite filling, pink blancmange party cake and not forgetting parsnip sandwiches (OK mock banana), beetroot pudding and mock brains. Fun for all the family and frugal too!

Enjoy the experience! (don’t worry you WILL live!)

C xxxx

1. WW1 Ration Scones:  Let’s start with a sensible one for the adults! The basic recipe dates back from WW1 and you can add all sorts to add your own twist. I can highly recommend wild garlic, cheese and chives but as you’ll soon find out below, anything goes…

https://the1940sexperiment.com/2020/04/04/ww1-ration-scones-recipe-no-186/

2. Oaty Biscuits:  I’m in love with this wartime cookie recipe. These oaty, sweet, buttery, wartime biscuits really make you appreciate a 15-minute break with a hot cuppa tea in some old vintage china. These delicious oaty biscuits are so easy and quick!

https://the1940sexperiment.com/2017/07/15/oaty-biscuits-recipe-no-163/

3. Pink Layer Party Cake: Firm, chalky, strange pink icing but 100% authentic wartime celebration cake using pink blancmange.

https://the1940sexperiment.com/2016/03/06/pink-layer-party-cake-recipe-no-149-mothers-day-tribute/

4. Jam Tarts: So quick, so easy, so yummy and no mock anything!

https://the1940sexperiment.com/2017/07/23/jam-tarts-recipe-no-166/

5. Cheese Whirls: How can you not like Marmite and cheese! They actually taste delicious (if you like Marmite!)

https://the1940sexperiment.com/2009/11/11/cheese-whirls/

6. Chocolate Layer cake: A squidgy, chocolatey cake with a simple wartime chocolate spread! No beetroot, no Marmite, promise!

https://the1940sexperiment.com/2013/09/25/chocolate-layer-cake-recipe-128/

7. Blackberry Shortbread: A simple shortbread recipe in the ‘Eating for Victory’ book (a collection of Ministry of Food wartime leaflets I can highly recommend) with a blackberry plonked on top! The kids will love adding these on!

https://the1940sexperiment.com/2017/08/13/blackberry-shortbread-recipe-no-171/

8. Vinegar Cake: YES this really does have vinegar in it! People put all sorts of strange ingredients in their wartime food. Surprisingly it works. This is delicious, crumbly, and rather nice with a thick custard over the top!

https://the1940sexperiment.com/2014/03/05/vinegar-cake-recipe-no-130/

9. Carrot Cookies: Carrots were the home fronts secret weapon. The Ministry of Food propaganda machine convinced children that carrots on sticks were just as tasty as ice-creams, that eating lots of carrots helped you ‘see in the dark’ during blackouts, and that Dr Carrot would make everything better.

https://the1940sexperiment.com/2012/02/05/carrot-cookies/

10. Mock Banana Sandwiches:  And finally because in fact, this may be quite a fun thing to put out on the table and observe people’s expressions as they chew.. Dare you!

https://the1940sexperiment.com/2016/02/28/mock-banana-recipe-no-148/

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12 thoughts on “10 great 1940s ration book recipes to celebrate VE Day

  1. These look fab, and I shall be trying some. Now, where on earth did you find blancmange powder? Will strawberry Nesquick do instead (wince)?

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    • I believe I fhad the strawberry blancmange powder from some supermarket… I have no idea if nesquick would work but in the cake itself I’m sure it would add a strawberry flavour! Heehe xxxx

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  3. Reblogged this on The 1940's Experiment and commented:

    Hi all, just thought I’d re-blog this page I put together last year on the lead up to VE Day. In May last year I wasn’t working so had lots of time on my hands to blog, create, garden, walk, read and essentially more time for self-care.

    I hope everyone is well and is beginning to see the light through the trees. I know in the UK we certainly are beginning to feel that way.

    I’ve been working from home since end of October but return to my office in 2 weeks time. The last 6 months especially have been a challenge as I’m sure it has been for everyone in many ways.

    Please forgive my absence. Have kept in contact via social media now and again but really had to step back and not commit to saying I’ll do things as I’ve been struggling to fulfill my promises so literally have had to focus everything on keeping my job and these days I am exhausted and on bed around 8 pm!!

    But despite these sporadic mental health anomolies, I’m happy and starting to go outside again and have a new interest in art which is really helping to relax me.

    It’s stormy and beautiful outside this afternoon. Love hearing the wind in the trees.

    Much love,

    C xxxxx

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  4. Carolyn your art is joyful, so pleased it has helped in these challenging times. Your blogs and Facebook always cheer me. A little ray of sunshine on dismal days! Stay well. xx

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