I’m Sharing A Recipe…


(For those of you who don’t personally know me, let me share with you that I rarely cook, so the idea of me sharing a recipe is rather humorous.)

Today’s post is a combination: I’m participating in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop:

2. Share a favorite holiday inspired recipe!

…and this is also my entry for the “Bake-a-thon” over at Sheryl’s blog “A Hundred Years Ago Today”.  For the past few years, Sheryl has shared her grandmother’s diary (written in 1911-1914) each day, but that diary comes to an end on December 31. Sheryl’s readers are sharing favorite family recipes as a way of honoring her grandmother and bidding farewell to the diary.

We didn’t often have desserts when I was a child, too tempting for my mom to have sweets in the house, I imagine. She would make peanut butter cookies occasionally, and sometimes, she would bake this Applesauce Cake.  The recipe was included in a cookbook published by the young womens’ group at our church in 1984.

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Applesauce Cake

Sift together in a large bowl:
1 3/4 cup sifted cake flour or all purpose flour
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 c shortening
1 c sweetened applesauce
Mix enough to dampen flour. Beat 2 minutes. If by hand, count beating time only. With electric mixer, use low speed, scrape bowl often, scrape beaters after 2 minutes.

1 egg
1/2 c chopped raisins*
1/2 c chopped nuts
Beat 1 minute, bake in greased 8 inch square pan, lined with plain paper, in moderate oven (375 F) about 50 minutes**. Cool.

When my mom was in the convalescent center in the late 1980’s, I began baking this recipe during the Christmas season. Rather than using a square cake pan, however, I would use four mini loaf pans. Then I’d wrap the loaves in plastic wrap, tie with red or green ribbons and give them to the nurses and nursing assistants at the home.

*I omit the raisins, just because I don’t care for them.
**If using mini loaf pans, reduce baking time to 30-40 minutes.

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Most everyone has a special treat they prepare during the Christmas holiday…what’s yours?


Mama’s Losin’ It

~These Days Of Mine~

27 responses to “I’m Sharing A Recipe…

  1. The very best treats come out of cookbooks that look just like yours, Dianna. Our perennial treat is cranberry bread. Wouldn’t be Christmas without it.

  2. Sounds delicious! I’d omit the raisins as well. Per requests, I typically bake a ton of Christmas cookies.

  3. What a pretty basket of holiday cakes. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the snowman cookie jar filled with green spritz Christmas tree shapes and red hearts pushed out of the cookie press. btw I read somewhere you can have your favorite recipes decoratively printed on linen or cotton kitchen towels.

  4. I used to make fruit “loaves”. Not your typical fruit cake. But only chopped pecans,candied cherries and candied pineapple. Unfortunately, after several moves, the recipe was lost. But I remember Mama’s applesauce cake, too.

  5. How wonderful! I have one of these “special” cookbooks from when my children were in school and the PTO contributed recipes.

    I’m totally with you on the raisins. Delete, delete.

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Love the post, and I remember that cookbook – still use mine too! Full of GREAT recipes and memories. Despite your protests, that cookbook is evidence that it’s been well-used!

  7. Such a pretty basket Dianna! You do the sweetest things.. 🙂 The Mama makes mini bread loaves.. we love them. I guess our special treat I make during the holidays would be homemade noodles for Christmas dinner. And CH makes his special peanut brittle!

  8. I have church cookbooks that look just like yours too. I didn’t do one lick of baking this year — not enough time for our early Christmas and I didn’t want to spread my sinus crud germs to anyone. But I usually make lots of cookies (only at Christmas) and strawberry bread which I package up like you do and give away. 🙂

  9. I make pumpkin bread. My recipe makes 3 large loaves so it has always been a winner for me. Yours looks good.

  10. Olde Towne Photos

    Baking is my favorite part of Christmas and this looks delicious. I like the mini-loaf idea. I’d like to add this to my recipe blog.

  11. They look so pretty, all wrapped up in a basket 🙂 I think anything home-made is a present in and of itself!! MJ

  12. Looks yummy. Thanks for sharing! I come from a family of bakers but I prefer to cook. I do bake Christmas cookies and I have a favorite from the 6 kinds that I bake. I call them Susie’s Cookies because they were my favorite. They are buttery pecan cookies. Nutty like me! Billy’s (my brother) Cookies are the family favorite probably because they are chewy and chocolate. Last Christmas I made a few kinds with my son and daughter in law to continue the tradition!

  13. Well we ALWAYS make sugar cookies and decorate then with all those cute sprinkles and colorful icing……and I make cranberry biscotti as well which isn’t JUST for Christmas but I love cranberries! I have a very old church recipe book too AND find those recipes STAY delicious through the ages – nothing like old-fashioned cooking for the holidays or any time!


  14. Now I’m going to have to make this! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the story.

  15. I remember these! – very much in-keeping with the holiday season …

    Good peppermint bark is one of my faves this time of year- I hear the homemade kind is the best, but have never had it..
    But you have to be careful with the store bought kind; sometimes they use flaked corn and flavoring instead of peppermint pieces :/

  16. I love the idea of making the cake into loaves for gifts!

  17. The cakes look absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed reading your heartwarming story about how in years’ past,you gave the cakes to nursing staff at your mother;s convalescent center. I’m glad I inspired you to do this post. It’s absolutely perfect for sending my grandmother off to live the rest of her life–and a wonderful way to remember and honor your mother.

  18. Oooo looks great. Whee will have to get Mummy to share some of our holiday recipes!


  19. Fun! Thank you for sharing! I have only baked one thing this season…a far cry from my usual output. But without my home kitchen set up (still in a make-shift apartment) I just haven’t been inspired. But this looks fun and easy. I’ll have to give it a try! ~ Sheila

  20. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    There is nothing better than Christmas cooking and baking! I have some great memories. For many Christmas my oldest grandson, Andrew had to have a cheese cake and my youngest, Curtis has to have green bean casserole at Mammy’s house.

  21. Thanks! Will have to try the mini-loaf! My Great-Grandma made a buttermint/jello/whipped cream dessert that she made every year for Christmas. Now I make it in memory of her and it reminds me of my childhood 🙂

  22. Reblogged this on A Hundred Years Ago and commented:
    Sunday, December 20, 1914: <>
    Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

    Readers participating in Grandma’s Bake-a-thon have shared many wonderful memories. We are giving Grandma a great send-off to live the rest of her life after the diary ends.
    Today I’m reblogging an awesome post that Dianna at These Days of Mine did for the Bake-a-thon. She shares a wonderful Applesauce Cake recipe, and tells a heartwarming story about sharing the cake mini-loafs. And, I absolutely adore how she wraps the mini-loafs and ties ribbons around them. Dianna knows how to make a food gift really special.

  23. I want to bake this! I bet it smells delish!

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  25. Pizzelles are a favorite tradition, but I’ve not made any this year.

  26. They look scrumptious!!

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