Creative – Vinegar tea cakes

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The children learned all about rationing during the second world war in this lesson. Before Second World War 2 began, Britain imported over 50 million tons of food from many different countries every year. Britain stopped importing food when the war started because ships bringing the food were destroyed by German submarines. The government knew that this would lead to a shortage of food, so rationing was introduced in January 1940. Rationed food included butter, sugar, tea, meat, eggs, cheese, jam, sweets and milk.

Rationed food meant some ingredients were used as replacements which led to the vinegar cake.

The children worked in mixed groups of six to change a vinegar tea cakes recipe and keep the same ratio and proportion. They weighed their ingredients and made their tea cakes. At the end of the lesson, the children tried the cakes. Much to their surprise, they were tasty!

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