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Early Planning – Christmas Cake 1947 Style

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Rationing did not end until almost the middle 1950s. The 1947 Christmas Cake was therefore not quite the version one could enjoy a few years later!


85 grams sugar – soft brown – then – let me think – let’s have a few bullet points!

  • 2  eggs
  • 3 tablespoons Golden Syrup
  • 225 grams plain flour
  • 2 1/2 grams Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 5 grams cinnamon ground
  • 5 grams mixed spice
  • 450 grams dried fruit mixture
  • 3 tablespoons tea cold and well strained
  • 1 pinch salt and finally
  • 115 grams of margarine


[1] Line a 7″ (18 cm) cake tin with greaseproof paper.
Preheat the oven to 150C 

[2] Cream the margarine and sugar and gradually add beaten eggs, then the syrup.

[3] Sift all dry ingredients together – add to the creamed mixture along with the fruit and  tea.

[4] Then spoon into the cake tin  – then make a hollow in the centre so the cake will stay flat on top.

[5] Bake for 2 hours until firm to the touch and the sides have shrunk away a little from the sides.

[6] Cool in the tin. When cold remove from the tin & store in an airtight container

This receipe is at your own risk: the writer cannot be held responsible for wrecking your Christmas or dampening your spirits.


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