Friday, December 21, 2012


Dinner-on-the-ground at homecoming is an annual Baptist event.  In the south ladies would bring their favorites dish, cake or pie.  In Grandma's day those recipes were a family secret.  By my mother's day, ladies gladly shared their recipes.  Mama's specialty was cakes.  I'm still asked for three of her most popular.  Her chocolate fudge ranks #1.

It's followed closely by her penuche and then her blueberry, which tastes as good as it looks.  It was Doug's favorite so he decided to enter a Bobby Crocker contest.  He meticulously followed Mama's tattered recipe.  And WON!  It was his first cake.  And his last.

I didn't inherit the baking gene.  Except for one absolutely fabulous recipe. When I broke the old keep-it-a-secret code and recently shared the recipe on facebook, there were over 30 responses within a day.  So I cut and pasted it here for you to enjoy.

Once again this year, I’ve had requests for my Vodka Christmas Cake recipe so here goes. Please keep in your files as I am beginning to get tired of typing this up every year! (Made mine this morning!!!!) 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 cup water, 1 tsp. salt , 1 cup brown sugar, lemon juice, 4 large eggs, nuts, 1...bottle Vodka,
2 cups dried fruit.

Sample a cup of Vodka to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the Vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality then Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point, it is best to make sure the Vodka is still OK. Try another cup just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 eegs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Pick the fruit up off the floor, wash it and put it in the bowl a piece at a time trying to count it. Mix on the turner.

If the fried druit getas stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver Sample the Vodka to test for tonsisticity. Next, sift 2 cups of salt, or something. Check the Vodka. Now shifthhhh the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window. Finish the Vodka and wipe the counter with the cat.

It's humor, my dear Baptist friends, so don't be hating.  I know my Lutheran friends will love this. . .might even try my recipe.  THE recipe according to the sisters on The Waltons!

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