Monday, May 23, 2011

The Monday Recipe Blog

How's your Monday going, everyone?  Ready for another week of work?  Here's a recipe to get you through the week. 

This blog features Lois Elaine Mueller's recipes every Monday. Lois' heyday was in the 1950's and 1960's, and her children swear she was the best cook that ever lived. Many baby boomers will remember these mouth-watering recipes, and these dishes are just as tasty today as they were in the sixties.

Today we have a recipe for Gum Drop Cake.  The '50's and '60's were known for their inventive recipes, and this is one of them.  This cake actually has gum drops in it.  As goofy as some of these recipes may sound, they all turn out delicious!  Be aware that you need a tube pan for this recipe.

Lois Elaine's Gum Drop Cake:

3 c. sifted flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 c. applesauce
2 c. chopped dates
1 pound gumdrops (remove the black ones before measuring), cut into quarters
3/4 c. walnuts or pecans, chopped

Sift flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together.  Cream butter and sugar.  Beat in eggs.  Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture alternately with applesauce.  Fold in dates, gumdrops and nuts.  Spoon into well-greased 10 inch tube pan and bake in a slow oven, 300 degrees, for 2 hours.  Cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan and continue to cool. 

This cake improves on standing, but must be stored in a cake box or wrapped well.

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