Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Our 1940s party! Monday 8th January 2018

Today we had a 1940s party as we have been studying this period in British history. As you can see from the photos, the children dressed up in historical costume to mark the occasion.

The class made authentic food to reflect the wartime situation when food was rationed and not always available:

Uncooked chocolate cake (see recipe below)
Vegetable salad (using cabbage heart and grated carrot)
Corned beef and spam 
Cucumber and grated cheese sandwiches

In addition, the children made decorations to add to the party atmosphere - Union Jack placemats, name cards, flags for the sandwiches, bunting and World War 2 posters.

The recipe for the chocolate cake is as follows:

No-cook Chocolate Cake
For the cake:
8oz (225g) digestive biscuits
3oz (85g) plain chocolate
3oz (85g) butter or margarine
1oz (25g) caster sugar
Few drops of vanilla essence
1 level tablespoon golden syrup

For the topping:
2oz (50g) butter or margarine
Few drops of vanilla essence
4pz 115g) icing sugar
Approximately 2 teaspoons of milk
1-2oz (25-50g) chocolate drops

Crush the biscuits into fine crumbs.
Break the chocolate into small pieces, put in a heatproof bowl and melt over hot water.
Cool slightly.
Add the butter or margarine with the sugar, vanilla and syrup to the chocolate. Beat until soft and creamy.
Add the crumbs and mix well.
Place a 7-8 inch (18-20cm) flan ring or flan dish on a serving plate and fill with the crumb mixture.
Press down firmly and chill overnight or for several hours.

Cream the butter or margarine for the topping with the vanilla.
Sift in the icing sugar and mix well.
Gradually beat in enough milk to give a fairly firm spreading consistency.
Coat the top of the cake then decorate with the chocolate drops.

The cake was delicious - just goes to show what you can make with only a few ingredients!

Here are some photos from the day - food preparation first, followed by decoration creation and then the party. Enjoy!

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