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WW2 Honey Cakes

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Well today I have found myself watching the History Channel, or more appropriately the Food Network and the Military Channel. It would have been the History Channel except they refuse to air any shows that are related to the subject of history. Where was I? Right, watching TV.

On these channels they were showing specials about Great Britain during World War 2 and how they rationed everything and anything they had just to stay alive. They were showing how these people lived without the luxuries in life and what they did to stretch the food/clothing. Since my family is partially from Great Britain and my mother was born during the war (my grandmother being in the RAF and my grandfather in the Army Air Corps); I decided to try out a recipe in their honor and to get a feel for what a ‘sweet’ was during those hard wartime days.

To that end I searched on the internet and found a website that had some ideas, one of which being the Honey Cake.

Naturally one would eat this with tea or coffee, which during the war was exceptionally difficult to find:

P09-01-12_22.17 Honey Cakes

1 teaspoon sugar
21/2 ounces margarine
2 teaspoons honey
6oz self raising flour
1 level teaspoon cinnamon#

Beat sugar and margarine until a soft cream consistency.
Sieve flour and cinnamon then add to mixture.
Mix with a wooden spoon until it binds together, then knead with your fingers until you have a soft dough.
Break off a piece of the dough and roll it between your floured palms into a ball.
Place on to a lightly greased baking tray.
Flatten slightly.
Repeat until you have used up all the dough, when you should have about sixteen delicious honey cakes.


So I cooked this batch up, made myself a cup of coffee and enjoyed it while listening to the radio (I chose the radio b/c it was more appropriate, especially with a music station that played ‘40’s’ music.

I highly recommend that you find out about your family history and spend time getting to know about what they did and how they survived. You would be impressed at some of the things they had to do, many of which would make men cry like a baby if they had to do it!


Written by Josecito

September 1, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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