Amy Johnson slice

Amy Johnson slice

When you make this Amy Johnson slice, spare a thought for one of the world’s greatest aviators. This old-fashioned jam and lemon icing slice was made to celebrate her landing in Darwin.

Amy Johnson slice

Amy Johnson CBE was a pioneering English aviator and was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia in the 1930s. Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, she set numerous long-distance records during the 1930’s. In 1940, during the Second World War, Johnson joined the newly formed Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), whose job was to transport Royal Air Force aircraft around the country – and rose to First Officer. On 5 January 1941, while flying an Airspeed Oxford for the ATA from Prestwick via Blackpool to RAF Kidlington near Oxford, Johnson went off course in adverse weather conditions. Reportedly out of fuel, she bailed out as her aircraft crashed into the Thames Estuary, aged just 37.

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

She left Croydon, south of London. to fly solo to Australia on 5th May in 1930 and landed in Darwin NT on 24th May after flying 18,000km. She then made many whistle-stop tours around Australia. Johnson achieved worldwide recognition.

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

This delectable old-fashioned slice recipe has a wonderful history, as it is believed to have been originally created by countrywomen to celebrate the arrival of Amy Johnson CBE the pioneering English aviatrix. The Victorian branch of the CWA kindly passed it on and the original recipe was provided by Noela MacLeod, a keen historian, long time CWA member, and one-time Victorian state president.

Noela said this recipe appeared in recipe books after Amy Johnson was in Australia and that her mother had a handwritten version of it in one of her cookbooks.

We would also like to thank Kathy at The Country Women’s Association of Victoria, for all her assistance in finding this and other recipes.

To learn more about the Country Women’s Association in Victoria go to cwaofvic.org.au or if you’re in New Zealand, go to wi.org.nz

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