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
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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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    Jaded spoon Jaded_spoon - Nov 13, 2012
    Hey Billie.... this sounds like a really nice cake for afternoon tea... can I just ask... how much is 1 1/3 round nuts? Was there a measurement missed... or is a round a form of measurement.. I couldn't find it in my converter... Thanks for the post, can't wait to try this!
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    Billie Neal WildExpectation - Nov 13, 2012
    Hi Jaded. To be honest, I have no idea. I was hoping someone would come forward and tell me what it is or means. I'm just entering all the recipes exactly as they are written in the cb, did you read the "notes"? I am just guessing, but I think that it probably means1 1/3 cups since it takes so much flour and dates. Thanks so kindly for checking out the recipe and I do hope you will stay on board and check out all of them and keep me on my toes just incase I do make a typo or something, we are after all only human.
    Oh, by the way, do you know of any substitution for cream cheese? I have a recipe I would like to make to take to my brother's for Thanksgiving, but he hates cream cheese. The recipe sounds so good, I really hope I can find something to substitute that he would like, because everything else in the recipe he will eat. Thanks again.
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    Jaded spoon Jaded_spoon - Nov 14, 2012
    Oh yeah I did read your notes but I just thought it may have been a typo of something... I was going to give it a go with 1 1/3 Cups... like you said it seems like the right amount for the other ingredients.

    As for cream cheese subbie.... is it just the cream cheese he does not like of the whole cheesey taste?... Mascapone cheese is a lighter flavoured cheese... or neufchatel, which is another lighter flavoured cheese.... puree'd cottage cheese that has been strained... At a pinch, maybe even Creme Fraiche... just depend on the recipe and how the cream cheese is used... lemme talk to a few vegen friends I have and see what they say... Thanks again!!
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    Jaded spoon Jaded_spoon - Nov 14, 2012
    Ohh..... how about... Cream Cheese sibbie, Blend a dash of lemon juice with heavy coconut cream...
    1 cup of Cream Cheese= ½ cup of Yogurt + ½ cup of Ricotta Cheese (try using ricotta cheese made from partially skimmed milk for best results)
    1 cup of Gervais Cheese
    Nature of the Substitute: Containing about 60 and 75 percent milk fat, Gervais has a sweet and tangy taste.
    This super flavorful and soft French cheese is ideal for serving as a dessert cheese with fruits or as an appetizer with crackers.
    ¾ cup of firm Tofu + ¼ cup of Margarine + 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice
    Blend it in a mixer until smooth and creamy.
    Keep scraping the tofu bits off the sides of the mixer and pushing it towards the central blade until the desired texture is achieved. After it is done, place the mixture in a glass bowl and refrigerate till firm.

    I hope these help....
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    Billie Neal WildExpectation - Nov 14, 2012
    Thanks so much Jaded. It is the sour/tangy taste he doesn't like. I think the cottage cheese thing will work because he loves lasgna and he doesn't mind the cottage cheese. He won't eat cottage cheese by itself, but he won't say he'll throw everything in the trash if it even gets close to his plate! LOL, but he's serious. He has lots of eating issues since he was a kid, such as he didn't want any of his food to touch. Mom had to put all of his food in separate little saucers. He's not quite that bad now, but close for a 57 y.o. man.