Heritage Cooking 20: Scripture Cake

ScriptureCake2Originally, you needed a Bible to look up all the ingredients of this cake. Start with 1/2 cup of Judges 5:25 and blend in 3/4 cup Jeremiah 6:20,. Stir 2 cups I kings 4:22, 1/2 teas Amos 4:5, dash each of Leviticus 2:13 and II Chronicles 9:9. Mix 3 of Jeremiah 17:11 with 1/2 cup Judges 4:19 and 1/3 cup I Samuel 14:25. Stir in 1 cup I Samuel 30:12, 1 cup Nahum 3:12 and 1/2 cup Numbers 17:8. Bake in a greased loaf pan at 325 for 45 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. Brush with  a little Proverbs 31:6 Keep in frig 1-2 days wrapped tightly in foil. (Hope I got this code right!) The actual recipe is below. It wasn’t done in the center after 45 minutes so I recommend cutting down on the liquid (skimp buttermilk or egg?)But this was easy and turns out like a light fruitcake. Very nice.

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup molasses ( I used 1/2 cup brown sugar + 1/4 cup molasses)

2 cups flour

1/2 teas soda

1/2 teas cinnamon

1/4 teas cloves

1/8 teas ginger

3 beaten eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk (1/3 cup??)

1/3 cup honey

1 cup raisins

1 cup dried figs, cut up ( I used dried apples)

1/2 cup almonds

Wine to brush on ( Sherry or brandy?)

Cream butter, stir  in molasses (and sugar if used) Sift dry together. Combine eggs, buttermilk and honey in a small bowl. Alternately add wet and dry. Mix well. Stir in fruit and nuts. Bake in one large loaf 9″by5″by3″ or in two smaller loaves at 325 F (170C) for 40-45 minutes. Test with a toothpick to see if center is done. It took longer to bake for me. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove to rack. Brush with wine ( or orange juice, it says) Wrap cooled cake in foil and plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 1-2 days. It actually was nice even right after it cooled!

Who ever dreamed this up? I have often read recipes for it, but thought it would be dark and heavy. This is actually a nice cake!


About leahmama1

I love to cook Japanese food, vegan food and all kinds of cake and bread. My sourdough rye bread is my favorite. And this year's project is taking photos of the Japanese countryside, events and people here. I have lived in Japan for 40 years this week! On thingaday2013 I am cooking recipes form the American Heritage Cookbook (1975). These are historic and ethnic and regional dishes from across the country!

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