ALABAMA FRUIT CAKE
1924 recipe from Alabama Extension Service
- 1 lb. butter
- ¾ lb. sugar
- 9 eggs
- 1 lb. flour
- 2 tbsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. mace
- 1 ½ lbs. watermelon preserves
- 1 ½ lbs. preserved figs
- ½ c. grape juice
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- ½ tsp cloves
- 2 lbs. raisins
- 1 lb. pecans
Cream butter, add sugar gradually. Add well-beaten eggs. Mix and sift dry materials. Drain and cut fruit into medium-sized pieces. Add one-half dry materials to the sugar and butter mixture and one-half to the fruit. Combine these mixtures and add grape juice.
To cook in steam pressure cooker: Cake mixture may be cooked in any desired size cans. One pound of the cake mixture cooked in No. 2 tin cans makes a nice size cake for a gift. Grease the cans and cut paper for the bottom. Fill about three-fourths full of mixture. Tie paper over top to keep out moisture. Put info cooker and steam one-half hour without clamping the cover. Fasten the cooker and close pet cock. Cook one hour at 12 lbs pressure. Remove from cooker and put into a slow oven one-half hour or until dried.
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