This post is part review and part me making cakes but it is all for the Poppy Appeal so I wanted to plug it a little more to help them do better for such a great cause!
It is coming up to that time of year again when we get the chance to think and respect the heroes that fought and died in the line of duty to keep our country free since World War 1 and those brave men and woman who are still doing that in active service today. On Friday the 11 of November it is Remembrance day.
To add the specialness this year it is not only the eleventh day of the eleventh month but also the eleventh year (well of this century) making it 11.11.11 and not only that but the Royal British Legion celebrates its 90th Anniversary.
Most people will support the cause by wearing a tradition Poppy this year – a symbol created by the Royal British Legion to represent the poppies that grew in Flanders Field. However I have another suggestion for you and I think it is brilliant!
The Royal British legion along side Children’s baking star Flossie Crums creator Helen Nathan have developed this beautiful pocket-sized recipe book full of the most gorgeous cakes and treats to bake. It is designed to encourage families to bake together in their home and contains easy peasy, not too tricky and worth the effort cakes!
The British Legion say
“As part of our role as the national custodian of Remembrance, the Legion reaches out to over 2m children across the country each year. We know from parents, teachers and most importantly the children themselves, that current conflicts often trigger questions about the role of those who serve our country and these don’t just get asked at school but at home too. As a result, we saw our landmark 90th birthday and Poppy Appeal as a great way of using baking to gently introduce families with children of 10 or younger to the importance of Remembrance where children engage in a positive way.”
The book unveils 10 new including ‘Mini Poppy Cupcakes’, ‘No Need to Knead poppy-seed Bread’, a special ‘Eleven O’Clock Remembrance Day Cake’ and even a ‘Welcome Home Cupcake Tower” for Service men and women returning home from a tour of duty.
We attempted the Mini Poppy cakes. You do not want to know how many packs of smarties we went through to get the red ones! The icing was a bit runny and ended up everywhere with little hands but they tasted yummy!
‘Recipes for Remembrance’ is a pocket-sized paperback and is retailing at a mere £2.50. It even includes templates at the back of the book which will allow children to cut out a Poppy shape in icing and A ‘Welcome Home’ banner for the cupcake tower.
The book is available from www.poppyshop.org.uk and via Flossie’s site www.flossiecrums.com and all of the book’s profits and the thousands of pounds it hopes to raise will go to supporting the Armed Forces and their families today and for the rest of their lives.
So what are you waiting for? Go get one!
Note: The Royal British legion sent me a book to review and refused to charge me so I have donated in my husbands Poppy appeal at his school instead! I also proudly wear my poppy!