Christmas Cake

CHRISTMAS CAKE

November 27, 2014

Let’s Get Ready for Christmas!

The snow arrived and with it we have been having cold winds. It’s just the right weather to stay indoors.

I was alone all day yesterday so when breakfast was over, I decided to stay put and do all the decorating. I have about 40 Christmas houses all packed in boxes in the garage, a tree that is in the crawl space and house decorations packed in the hall closet.

Because I was alone, I took everything out, spread it all out and one by one, put everything in its place. Once the boxes were all packed away, I cleaned up and sat down to enjoy a cup of tea and I had thoughts of past Christmases. Most of our decorations have a history and are part of our family tradition. It was good to get it all done in one day.

This evening I decided to make a small batch of Christmas cake. Mom always made a delicious dark Christmas cake that I just loved and I like to make her recipe a priority every year.

The problem is, most of our family members do not like raisins and cherries so I usually make a small batch and serve it when we have guests. Of course I enjoy it myself through the holiday season. I have a loaf from this past Christmas that I wrapped & froze well. We will take it out this coming Christmas.

MOM’S DARK CHRISTMAS CAKE – I bake this batch in 5 smaller bread pans.

1 pound raisins

1 pound glazed red cherries

2/3 pound glazed green cherries

½ cup chopped walnuts

2/3 cup crushed pineapple with the juice

1 teaspoon almond flavoring

½ cup butter or margarine

2/3 cup brown sugar

3 large eggs

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/3 cup flour

Start by preparing the fruits. Wash and drain the raisins. Chop the cherries. Mix the raisins and cherries with 1/3 cup of the flour. Set aside.

Beat the butter. Beat in the sugar and then the eggs one at a time. Beat in the salt, cinnamon, flavoring and pineapple. Beat in the flour and baking soda.

Stir in the floured fruit and walnuts.

Spoon the mixture 2/3 full in greased bread pans.

Put a pan of water into oven during baking time. Bake the cakes for 2 hours at 250 ° F. If you are using small baking pans. If using 3 regular size loaf pans, bake for 3 ½ hours at 250 º F.
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Winnie