Billie Neal Recipe

Hermit Cake

By Billie Neal WildExpectation

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Billie's Story

This recipe comes from a 1968 recipe book titled,"Favorite Recipes From Church of GOD Ladies". Each of the recipes has the ladies' name and home town and I will include this with the recipe and if you know or are related to this person, I would really like to know. The recipes I post from this cookbook are ones I have tried and really like or are unusual due to ingredients or possibly due to the number of recipes with the same name but are different in some way. I hope you enjoy.
I know some the recipes are really lacking in some or all areas, but I am posting them as they are in the cookbook


5 c
1 lb
dates, chopped
1 1/3
round nuts, chopped
2 tsp
baking powder
2 tsp
2 tsp
2 tsp
1 lb
3 c
brown sugar
juice of 1 lemon
4 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Combine 1 cup flour, dates and nuts; mix well.
Sift remaining flour with baking powder, salt and spices.
Cream butter and sugar well; add eggs, 1 at a time.
Add flour mixture, lemon juice and vanilla; mix well.
Pour batter over date mixture; mix with hands.
Pour into tube cake pan.
Bake in 275-degree oven for 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Mrs. Frances Nickell
Marfrance Church of God LWWB
Marfrance, West Virginia

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Hashtags: #nuts, #dates

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Casey Longenecker Ebonypeaches
Dec 7, 2014
Hi. Regarding the question about the nuts. I grew up eating hermit cake. My grandmother made it every year for Christmas. It would be 1 1/3 POUND of nuts. Specifically english walnuts, black walnuts, and pecans. Chopped and floured with the fruit. Hope that helps!
Billie Neal WildExpectation
Apr 29, 2013
You got that right Chilly!!!
Chilly Butt chillybb
Apr 28, 2013
It is. I would think that almost all of us who love to cook can think of twenty things we loved as kids and have no idea how to make. Ah well!
Chilly Butt chillybb
Apr 27, 2013
When I said one of HIS favorites, I meant my husband, it was one of his favorites. I was really tired and I've been studying for a state exam for the last three weeks. Sorry about the omission, totally sleep deprived explanation of the facts! She was born in Italy and moved here. I can just imagine the wonderful things she was capable of creating, she was such a treasure and truly missed. If I were to give the roast turkey a name, I would call it Italian Turkey Amalgam. Tomato sauce, olives, celery potatoes so many things. My husband and his family really really loved it. I'm gonna see if I can find it on line.
Billie Neal WildExpectation
Apr 27, 2013
And vica versa, if that applies??? LOL!!! I guess there's something that everyone feels that way about. It's just a shame.