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History Cookbook: Golden Slices

This recipe is in categories World War 2, Desserts, Snacks
About this recipe
Healthiness : (455 votes)
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Number of servings: 3 people
Serving suggestions: Eat while hot

This bread-based recipe is from WW2. Bread was never rationed in Britain in wartime. However, white bread disappeared and was replaced by the long coarse grey/brown 'national loaf'.
People were encouraged to use up all food, including stale breadcrumbs and crusts. These were used in a variety of meals including cooked and mashed with parsnips and banana essence, to make what might taste a bit like mashed banana or, as in this recipe, flavoured with orange or lemon as a sweet substitute.
  • stale bread (rather than stale bread, leave a couple of slices out for a while to dry out)
  • equivalent of 2 shell eggs in reconstituted egg (you will probably want to use real egg
  • 1 heaped teaspoonful of grated orange or lemon peel
  • 1 dessertspoonful of orange juice
  • margarine (you may want to use cooking oil)
  • Soup bowl
  • Teaspoon
  • Dessert spoon
  • Grater
  • Frying pan
  • Wooden spatula
Making and cooking it
Always wash your hands before preparing food Always wash your hands before preparing food.

  1. Cut the pieces of stale or dry bread ½ inch thick
  2. Beat up the egg mixture in a soup bowl
  3. Add the grated peel and orange juice
  4. Soak the stale bread in the mixture
  5. Fry in a little margarine until golden brown on both sides
  6. Sprinkle with sugar if you have it
  7. Serve piping hot
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Name: Mia 7th October 2019
Doing this for a school project-can't wait!
Name: Rebecca 9th October 2018
I cooked it and they went down like a bullet on a plate it was lovely
Name: Milly 20th January 2018
Family wanted all of them
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