I only realised this morning that we have barely touched our dried fruit ration, not good at all the reason rations were rations and worked out as they were was to make sure you got a balance of the vitamins and nutrients that you needed to keep body, if not soul together for the duration of the war.
I will rectify this immediately and put them to soak tonight in a strong solution of coffee to make my 'Tea Bread' ...but with coffee for a change.
12oz Dried Fruit
4oz Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 pint of tea
Soak the fruit and sugar in the tea in a covered bowl overnight.
The next day add -
8oz SR Flour
Mix well, pour into a greased or lined loaf tin.
Bake for approx. 1 hour in a low to medium oven.
Keeps well for up to a week in a tin or sealed container.
Tea last night was Tomato Macaroni au Gratin, it's second appearance and quite rightly so as it's very tasty and easy to prepare ahead of time, keep in the fridge and reheat later. Or cook and save the leftovers for reheating the next day as we have done with the other half of it.
This weeks menu had one day purposely left blank so we could use it as a day to eat up some leftovers.
I found this recipe in one of my books, and I might just have to give it a go even though it's not on the menu, it sounds like it would work well for us if I use leeks ... we have no more of our onion ration left. Alan does have one more pork chop that he could eat with it, so he'll have something meaty on his plate to keep him happy.
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