Frugal War time rations recipe – wartime sponge

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Sharon's war time sponge

Sharon's war time sponge

Over on her blog , ‘Making stuff‘ Sharon shared a recipe for a wartime sponge and she challenged me to have a go!

So far on the sponge side of things, we’ve made Grandma’s fat free sponge and our first recipe was an eggless sponge, both of which we extremely good!

Grandma’s fat free sponge contained just eggs, sugar and flour. The eggless sponge called for flour, a little fat, sugar, syrup and a bicarbonate of soda and vinegar mix.

Sharon’s recipe contains only 4 ingredients and here’s the recipe we used:

Wartime sponge:


8 oz self raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 pint milk


Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl
Gently heat the syrup and milk together in a saucepan
Pour the milk and syrup onto the flour and beat well until smooth
Place the mixture into a 2lb greased loaf tin and bake at 180 for 40-45 minutes until brown

The recipe makes a loaf which can be sliced and served with stewed fruit.

How did it turn out? It would appear that Sharon is a better cook than me!



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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Jo says:

    Oh my . . . but I almost want to try it just because of their reaction!

  2. Karin says:

    Eggless and fatless. Frugal indeed. Didn’t they have enough powdered egg?

  3. Lobma says:

    Lol, funny clip!! You have a great kitchen though.

    Here’s an off topic question for anyone, I’ve just heard of this supposed completely degradable plastic bag, here’s my blog about it:

    Has anyone any experience of this one, and does it really degrade?

    Best wishes

  4. Mark says:

    That was very funny

  5. Shazronnie says:

    Lol; it was quite nice when I made it!
    I suppose during the war people were inclined to eat anything though!

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @Jo: LOL! maybe you should’ perhaps I was just particularly bad at making this dish 😀

    @Karin: evidently no powdered egg in the house for this recipe! Can you still buy powdered egg? Where would I get that from?

    @Lobma: It must be the camera angle, our kitchen is TINY! If I could change one thing about this house it would be to have a nice, huge farmhouse kitchen. Never heard of the biodegradable bag; I read your post on it and I remain ever sceptical (but secretly hope to be proven wrong).

    @Shazronnie: I guess you’re right; we do have it too easy now in many ways. I’m sure it could have been livened up with stewed fruit and custard (that’s my stand by for any recipe failure)

  7. Hmmm, I thought you were making sponges for cleaning. LOLOL at me! I thought it looked remarkably like a cake! Thanks for the recipe even if I was a tad slow catching on. Mrs. Green, I just posted a Black Bean Brownie recipe with no flour and no egg. It is delicious. I think I posted it yesterday. If you try it, let me know what you think.

  8. Mrs Green says:

    @Practical Parsimony: Your recipe sounds intriguing; I’ll be sure to check it out!

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