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If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to mark Victory Day this year, check out our top picks of Victory Day recipes.

Each year, citizens across the country and the rest of Europe celebrate the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies on May 8, 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe. Victory in Europe Day will be celebrated on Saturday May 8.

With restrictions still in place, many people across Britain are planning their own Victory Day celebrations. Check out our top picks for the best baking recipes to celebrate VE Day 2021.

Afternoon tea

There is nothing more quintessentially British than afternoon tea. From sandwiches to sweet treats, there are all the right notes and there is something for everyone.

Some of our best choices for an afternoon tea would be finger sandwiches – cucumber or smoked salmon and cream cheese are great options – and sausage rolls for savory options; sweet bits are a no-brainer and we should opt for jam pies and scones to complete our afternoon tea menu.

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Instead of going with sweet scones – accompanied by sour cream and jam – you can make savory cheese and chive scones. They always go down a treat!

Victoria Sponge Cake

The queen of cakes is undeniably the Victoria sponge cake. Simple, elegant and appetizing delicious; it’s a guaranteed winner.

For a perfect Victoria sponge cake, you will need 200 g of caster sugar, 200 g of softened butter, 4 beaten eggs, 200 g of self-rising flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 2 tablespoons of milk. For the filling, you will need 100 g of softened butter, 140 g of sifted icing sugar, vanilla extract for taste, half a 340 g jar of strawberry jam, icing sugar for decoration.

Preheat your oven to 190 degrees centigrade and get started! This recipe requires two 8-inch cake pans.

Mix all the ingredients for the sponge cake until you get a smooth mixture. Divide the mixture into the two cake pans – which should be greased and lined – and bake for about 20 minutes or until the cake is golden and cooked through.

Prepare the filling while the cake is cooling and when it is completely chilled, put it together! Fill the cake with buttercream, jam then sift the icing sugar over it for a perfect finish.

Cooked union jack

If you are in the mood to get creative with your baking, we definitely suggest decorating your cookies with a Union Jack design. You can even decorate your Victoria sponge with a Union Jack design by replicating the red, white and blue flag with white buttercream frosting, strawberries (or raspberries) and blueberries.

For an easy sugar cookie recipe, you will need 100 g of softened butter, 100 g of caster sugar, 1 beaten egg, 275 g of plain flour, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. For the decorative icing, use 400 g of icing sugar with 3-4 tablespoons of water then a few drops of food coloring of your choice!

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 190 degrees centigrade and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2nd step: Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Then stir in the egg and vanilla extract, little by little, until completely combined.

Step 3: Stir in the flour until the mixture forms a paste.

Step 4: Roll out the dough until it is about 1 cm thick then cut your cookies!

Step 5: Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Leave to harden for 5 minutes then decorate with your icing.

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