I've made my great-great grandma's Dark Fruit Cake before and everyone loved it, so I thought I'd share that today---with a few changes made.
The Mrs. Bradley referenced here is Mrs. Cora Jean Lasiter Bradley, my great-great grandmother on my mother's father's side. I wish I had a photo of her! I do, however, have a quilt that she made my great-grandpa when he was a little boy. It's one of my most treasured things!
|One reason I chose this recipe is because I need to use up this gigantic jar of molasses that my daughter bought at Christmas time!|
|In fact, it's a great recipe to use up several of the extra ingredients we have lying around from Christmas baking!|
"Mrs. Bradley's Fruit and Nut Cake"
1/2 c. butter 1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. molasses 3 eggs
1/2 c. coffee (juice or water is fine too)
Mix these ingredients until well blended. Then add:
2 1/2 c. flour 1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. cloves
pinch of mace (optional)
Mix well and set aside. In a large bowl, combine:
4 c. raisins 8 oz. figs, chopped
8 oz. chopped dates 1/2-1 c. chopped nuts
zest from 1 orange
chopped orange sections from zested orange
Pour batter over fruit and nut mixture and stir until well mixed.
|Mmm! Look at all that fiber! (Ha!)|
The kids are all excited to have some tonight!
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