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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?


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~These Days Of Mine~