So, it felt great to get back to the store to shop today. I never thought I would enjoy shopping, but I did. I went with my list and made sure I re-upped my staples (sugar, flour, eggs, milk, chocolate chips, etc.) What I didn’t do was take my cookbook with me to make sure I had all the random ingredients for specific recipes. Needless to say, I
had a small panic attack was able to calmly decide what to make when I realized I didn’t have any enchilada sauce, tortillas, or powdered sugar (not the same recipes).
So, I went back to the pantry and looked at what I had available: fig preserves, pear mincemeat from this post, and other various pantry staples. I remembered a recipe, back in May, that called for mincemeat. That would have to do. I also had all the other ingredients.
I was excited to be able to use a preserved item that I preserved myself. I even had to use a knife to unseal the lid, it was THAT well-sealed! I remember having to do that when opening my grandmother’s preserves and jams. I guess I did it right?! And when I added it to the mix, i had to taste the concoction (since it had been January since I made it)…umm…YUM!
Anyway, the cake is fairly simple and the mincemeat could easily be substituted with other fruit preserves. I think fig would probably work well. *note: I have not tried it with other preserves or jams, so I can not attest to the consistency of a cake made with them.
This cake was a fairly wet mix and I had a hunch that the baking time would need to be increased. I was right. I tested the center of the cake at the end of the stated time and needed to increase the time 5 minutes TWICE. I also used a ceramic corningware dish. It calls for a 13x9x2 pan with no specificity of the kind, but I’m sure it was supposed to be an actual metal pan. However, the result was DELISH!
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup homemade mincemeat (I used pear mincemeat)
- 1 cup milk, or buttermilk
- 1 tsp soda
- 2 cups flour
- pinch of salt
Beat together sugar, butter, and eggs. Add mincemeat. Mix soda in milk; add to creamed mixture alternately with flour and salt. Pour into 13x9x2 pan. Bake at 375* for about 20 minutes (test center to determine done-ness). Top with recipe below
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 TBSP grated orange peel
- 2 TBSP orange juice
- 1.3 cup coconut (or nuts) I used 1/6 coconut & 1/6 pecan
- 2 TBSP softened butter
Mix together all ingredients and pour on top of warm cake. Broil in oven until top of cake is bubbly
Grandma’s Notes: 5/27/95- Lance and Marcus came; Marcus plowed the garden. 6/4/95- Church service was good. When we think about it, how terrible life would be without love. Barry Monroe was at church with Haley. Went home and finished book. I think I’ll read it again. Started reading; then to bed.