Reading a free Blitz Edition commemorative newspaper proved to be an interesting read, in so many ways. It included a couple of recipes, which are as useful for the present day as they were during the War. They show how to make great dishes, with few ingredients. This is handy for days when money is tight.
They also tend to make dishes which are less rich. During the War rationing led to shortages of some food stuffs and ingredients. This means that the recipes are quite healthy. Even if you are watching your weight you may find the need to make a sweet dish, dessert or cake, so this eggless sponge cake recipe could be just the thing for you.
Note: Either flour works well, but you must take care to adjust the amount of baking powder used, to ensure your cake rises well.
For best results, sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.
In a large mixing bowl place the margarine, sugar and golden syrup. Cream these together until the mixture is soft and light. The mixture should also be pale in colour.
Add a little flour and then a little liquid. A little at a time, will help keep the mixture smooth.
Continue until you have used all of the flour and liquid, and the mixture is smooth.
Divide this mixture between two 7 inch, lightly greased, baking tins.
Place just above the centre of a moderately hot oven. Check your oven's baking guidelines for exact baking times and oven temperatures.
When cooked turn both the cooked cakes onto a wire to cool.
When cooled, sandwich the cakes together with jam.
Of course, if you are making this eggless cake these days, there will be no restrictions on the ingredients. This means that you can add fruit and, or, cream, to the filling. Instead of margarine you may want to use a low fat margarine substitute. If you do make sure that it is one which is suitable for baking and cooking.
If you stick with this traditional World War Two recipe though you will find that it is a tasty sweet treat which is not too sweet nor sickly. So many modern cakes are overindulgent.
Note: An Eggless Sponge Cake is vegetarian and suitable for those with an egg allergy.