However, she made a German Christmas Fruit Cake that I absolutely loved.
My latest release, Love Stays True, is loosely based on the love story of my great-grandfather and great-grandmother in Louisiana. His father came to Louisiana from Pennsylvania in the early 19th century. The German name was Weissermann which was translated to Whiteman for easier spelling.
The Germans loved their sweets. The Sacher Torte, Dobos Torte, and the Linzer Torte are prime examples as well as Black Forest Cake and Pfeffernuesse cookies shown below.
In the Pennsylvania Dutch region and in areas where we still have communities with a rich German heritage, we will find foods made from original recipes handed down through the generations. I found two of Mimi’s and I share the fruit cake one with you today. It is much more moist and more like cake than traditional fruit cake.
3/4 cup butter 3/4 tsp. soda Cream butter, sugar and eggs until
2 cups sugar 1 cup buttermilk light. Sift dry ingredients together.
4 eggs 2/3 cup cherry preserves Add to creamed mixture
3 cups flour 2/3 cup apricot preserves alternately with buttermilk to which
1/2 tsp. allspice 2/3 cup pineapple preserves soda has been added. Fold in re-
1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1 cup chopped pecans maining ingredients. Bake in two
1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1 tsp. vanilla greased and floured 9x5x3 inch pan
or one large tube pan. Bake at 325
degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Cool in pan
15 minutes before removing.
If you'd like recipes for any of the others, let me know. If I have it, I will send it to you.
Martha started late in life but now has multiple novels and novellas in print. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and is active in their church where she sings in the choir and teaches a class on Sundays and he serves as a deacon. She is a member of ACFW, The Woodlands Chapter of ACFW: WOTS and IWA! She is Co-Director and a regular member of the faculty for the Texas Christian Writers Conference held in Houston each August.