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

Ingredients

5 c
flour
1 lb
dates, chopped
1 1/3
round nuts, chopped
2 tsp
baking powder
2 tsp
salt
2 tsp
cinnamon
2 tsp
nutmeg
1 lb
butter
3 c
brown sugar
6
eggs
juice of 1 lemon
4 tsp
vanilla

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Combine 1 cup flour, dates and nuts; mix well.
2
Sift remaining flour with baking powder, salt and spices.
3
Cream butter and sugar well; add eggs, 1 at a time.
4
Add flour mixture, lemon juice and vanilla; mix well.
5
Pour batter over date mixture; mix with hands.
6
Pour into tube cake pan.
7
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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16 Comments

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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!
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Billie Neal WildExpectation
Apr 29, 2013
You got that right Chilly!!!
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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!
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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.
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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.