Another day, another fabulous author and book to feature on our Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup. . . Let’s see what Joanna Hathaway has to offer us!
Romantic dinners are tough when you’re in a forbidden romance with the son of your family’s greatest enemy. For princess Aurelia Isendare, it would take a Romeo-and-Juliet worthy effort to arrange a simple date night with her beau fighter pilot Athan Dakar–especially since war has broken out and he’s invading the kingdom she has sworn to protect. But if the stars align, they might just manage to sneak away and savor a moment of peace, forgetting the rest of the world behind (and how much their parents would hate this traitorous kissing!). Since wartime is rough and leads to rationing, something simple and quick is in order. . .
How about War Cake?
This aptly named treat is a recipe from WWII, when many ingredients were scarce, and it’s made without dairy or eggs. But don’t let the simplicity scare you! It still tastes good, and it’s easy to throw together. It also allows for some creativity, which both Aurelia and Athan appreciate as artists who enjoy experimentation. This cake (with an almost muffin-like texture) makes a great base for cobbler and/or your own fruity flare!
2 cups of brown sugar
2 cups hot water
2 tbsp shortening or lard
1 tsp salt
½ package raisins
2 cups hot water
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
Boil all of the above ingredients for 5 minutes after they begin to bubble. When cold, add:
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp hot water
3 cups flour
Beat all together completely, then bake in slow oven for 45 minutes. Note: Slow oven temperatures range from 300-325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fun Bonus: Both Athan and Aurelia love cherries, so they would definitely drizzle some cooked down cherries over the top of the cake as a sweet finishing touch! Or you can choose your own favorite fruit: plums, nectarines, peaches. . .
COMMENT TO WIN: Leave a comment with what kind of fruit topping you’d put on your very own war cake! One lucky commenter will win a copy of both books in the Glass Alliance series: DARK OF THE WEST and STORM FROM THE EAST. US and Canada only – good luck!
This week is honestly making us hungry all the time! Don’t forget to check out the rest of our Valentine’s Day Roundup posts:
Glass Alliance #2
Part war drama, part romance, Storm from the East is the second installment in Joanna Hathaway’s epic Glass Alliance series
War has begun, and the days of Athan’s and Aurelia’s secret, summer romance feel a world away.
Led by Athan’s father, the revolutionary Safire have launched a secret assault upon the last royal kingdom in the South, hoping to depose the king and seize a powerful foothold on the continent. Athan proves a star pilot among their ranks, struggling to justify the violence his family has unleashed as he fights his way to the capital—where, unbeknownst to him, Aurelia has lived since the war’s onset. Determined to save the kingdom Athan has been ordered to destroy, she partners with a local journalist to inflame anti-Safire sentiment, all while learning this conflict might be far darker and more complex than she ever imagined.
When the two reunite at last, Athan longing to shake the nightmare of combat and Aurelia reeling from the discovery of a long-buried family truth come to light, they’ll find the shadow of war stretches well beyond the battlefield. Each of them longs to rekindle the love they once shared . . . but each has a secret they’re desperate to hide.
About Joanna Hathaway
JOANNA HATHAWAY was born in Montréal and is an avid storyteller who was inspired to write after reading her great-grandfather’s memoirs of the First World War. A lifelong history buff, she now has shelves filled with biographies and historical accounts, and perhaps one too many books about pilots. She can often be found reading, traveling, or riding horses.