The North York Moors Railway is supplying ‘ration book recipes’ to passengers this weekend and offering a free afternoon tea trip to the best wartime baker.
Each station along the 18-mile preserved line will be transformed into WW2-themed scenes from October 14-16, with re-enactments of troop movements and child evacuations.
The team have created a recipe for an authentic steamed sponge pudding using basic ingredients available during the years of austerity.
All home-baked efforts shared on social media with the hashtag #NYMRbakeoff will have a chance to win afternoon tea at Pickering Station’s tearoom and a family travel voucher.
Steamed sponge pudding – serves four
8oz plain flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
2oz Margarine or fat
2 dried eggs
Half a pint of milk or milk and water to mix
Mix the flour, baking powder, dried eggs and salt. Rub in the margarine or fat then add the sugar. Mix in the milk and water, turn into a small greased basin, and steam for one hour.