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Paraffin sponge cake

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Contributed by 
Lancshomeguard
People in story: 
Jean Paton
Location of story: 
Preston
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A5416085
Contributed on: 
31 August 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War website by Sue Sedgwick from and on behalf of Jean Paton and has been added to the website with her permission. Mrs Paton fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

I was 6 years old when the war started and my memories are about my mothers cooking.
For a treat we would sometimes have a paraffin sponge cake. My mother would split the cake and spread it with jam. She would wait a while then scrape the jam off for use elsewhere. This was her recipe:

5 tbsp self-raising flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp liquid paraffin
2 tbsp dried egg
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp lemon essence
a little milk to mix

Mix together flour, sugar, dried egg and baking powder. Add liquid paraffin and milk mix to a dropping consistency. Bake in a hot oven for 20 mins or a little over.

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