MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, November 27, 2017

A recipe...from the postcard winner!

Judy won my postcard giveaway and was kind enough to share her favourite Christmas recipe with all of us.  She says it was her Mom's recipe and 'is the best'.  Enjoy!

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Mom’s Boiled Dark Fruitcake                         3 hours                 oven 275

Step 1

Put the following ingredients into a saucepan & simmer about 15 minutes:
1 cup brown sugar                                           1 tsp. Allspice
1 lb. Raisins                                                         1 tsp. Cloves
1 lb. Currants                                                     1 tsp. Cinnamon
½ lb. Dates (chop up)                                     3 cups boiling water
½ cup molasses
After above has simmered, add ¾ cup butter/margarine (I use margarine) & a jigger of dark rum or whiskey to the mixture. Dark rum is best!
Cool completely. (I usually do this one day & the rest the next day)

Step 2

Add 3 eggs after mixture is cold. Put in a large bowl to complete the following steps:

Step 3

Add the following to the cold mixture:
2 tbl. Marmalade
2 tbl. Jam or applesauce (I use jam)
¼ lb. Walnuts (if omitting nuts, add extra mixed fruit)
1 pk. Cherries – 8 oz
1 pk. Mixed fruit – 8 oz

Step 4

Combine the following dry ingredients:
3 ½ cups flour
1 tbl. Cocoa
1 tbl. Instant coffee
1 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Baking soda

Step 5

Mix everything together & bake.

I use a tube pan, lined with wax paper. It’s important to bake at 275 & no higher. Test for baked cake by inserting a wooden skewer into cake – if a bit sticky add another 5 minutes to the time. Put a small pan/bowl of water in the oven when baking cake – adds moisture. Let rest in pan no longer than 5 minutes, turn out on cooler. Cool completely. Cakes freezes well. Wrap in plastic wrap, then in foil wrap.


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Thank you Judy!
EDITED TO ADD: You can see a picture of Judy's 
wonderful cake HERE.  

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And just to prove that things are not
slacking off here at Chez Magpie...


Butter tarts - lots of them!
Ready to go in tins for Christmas giving.


Today your quote is from another anonymous source..."Some things are just wonderful, like friendship and chocolate cake"






5 comments:

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Thanks for posting the recipe. My brother baked his Christmas cake a few days ago from it. Looking forward to receiving the postcard.
Cheers

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I was thinking about Christmas baking yesterday. Rosettes are the only "must bake" ... fry...on my list so far. I am a cookie monster and the more I bake the more I eat and the fatter I get. I'm trying to keep that down to snacking on grapes.
xx, Carol

FlashinScissors said...

Judy’s cake sounds great!
I was just looking out my ingredients, although I’ve run out of time today ..... I’ve been bread making, and feel that’s enough cooking for one day ..... I like Judy’s mom’s idea of dates in the recipe, and I just happen to have some in the cupboard, sooooo, they are going in. Oh, and cocoa sounds good too!
Barbara xx!

Caroline Heinrichs said...

I am the same. if its sitting around my kitchen, it gets eaten. so niw I have switched to LCHF low carb high fat way ic eating and loosing weight

Caroline Heinrichs said...

wow this is similar to my moms cake. but not written down. thanjs Judy for sharing! and oh my those tarts can be smelt from bc.