Bake these tasty wartime treats to celebrate VE Day anniversary

Celebrate the VE Day special anniversary by baking cakes and cookies using simple wartime ingredients.

Online educational site PlanBee suggests these recipes to try this week, and offers craft and activity ideas on the theme of VE Day.

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Carrots were often used as a replacement for sugar in many cake and biscuit recipes during war time.

Carrot Cake

Ingredients 8oz (225g) self-raising flour, 3oz (90g) margarine, 3oz (90g) sugar, 4oz (110g) finely grated carrot, 2oz (60g) sultanas, a little milk or water, a reconstituted egg, or fresh egg if available.

Preheat the oven to 220ºC or Gas Mark 7.

Sift flour into a mixing bowl. Rub in the margarine, add the sugar, carrot, sultanas and egg.Mix together then add in a small amount of water or milk, to make the mixture sticky.Pour mixture in to a lined baking tin and cook until golden in colour.

Oaty biscuits

Ingredients for 20 biscuits4oz (110g) margarine, 3oz (90g) sugar, 7oz (200g) rolled oats, 5oz (150g) flour, one tsp baking powder, a pinch of salt, a little milk, one reconstituted egg, or a fresh egg if available.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC or Gas Mark 4. Cream the margarine with sugar. Add the rolled oats and mix well.Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the mixture. Add the egg and mix.

Divide the mixture into 20 balls. Press each ball between palms until up to one centimetre thick. Place on a greased baking tray.Bake for around 15 minutes until the edges are golden.

Further activities to be found on the PlanBee website include a VE Day Morse Code Challenge.Your challenge is to use the downloadable morse code chart to decipher part of Sir Winston Churchill’s famous speech.   

There are also detailed instructions on how to make special VE Day bunting and how to make and keep a VE Day diary. Puzzles include a VE Day related word search, plus many more ideas.