Friday, December 24, 2021

Orange Gumdrop Cake

Ben's Favorite

Cream together:
1 stick butter
1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c buttermilk
1 1/2 c flour

Then add:
1/2 pound (1 1/2 c) orange slice candy
(chopped into small chunks and tossed in 1/4 c flour)
4 oz (2/3 c) chopped dates
3.5 oz (1 1/3 c) coconut
1 c pecans or almonds (optional)

Bake 1 hour ~ at 300F ~ in 3 mini loaf pans
Besides being one of Ben's most requested treats, another thing I like about this recipe is that you can use pecans or almonds -- not necessarily noteworthy except for the sweet story that goes along with it. I love that moment when you pull out a recipe card with its very own signature story that brings it all back.

One Christmas I had made a batch each way and put them in holiday baggies, marked "A" or "P." When our friends Pat and Alan stopped by for just a moment in the midst of holiday errands, I handed them one of each flavor, totally forgetting to mention what the letters meant. I remembered awhile later and gave Pat a call to say that one contained almonds, the other contained pecans. She said, "No worries! I just assumed the initials stood for Pat & Alan. That worked for us!"
Another option ~ mini pumpkin breads:
don't forget the chocolate chips!
Bread Machine Success:
just add gluten; works like a charm!

It takes a village!
Christmas Countertop
Christmas Stovetop
Amazing homemade peanut brittle
from Aaron & Pam


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