Friday, February 19, 2010


This recipe is well over 100 years old. It is from Southern Indiana where I grew up.

1 lb pork with fat (ground with no seasonings)
1 cup raisins
1 cup dates
1/2 cup cut-up candied pineapple, rolled in flour
1/2 cup cut-up candied cherries, rolled in flour
2 cup cut-up nuts of any kind
1 cup dark syrup
2 cups sugar
2 cups hot strong coffee
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 level tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
Enough flour to make a stiff batter ( about 3 1/2 to 4 cups)

Pour the hot coffee over the pork and stir well. Add the sugar, syrup, raisins, dates, candied pineapple, candied cherries, and the nuts. Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together and gradually add to the pork mixture. Stir in the vanilla.

Pour into a greased and floured tube pan and bake at 325 to 350 degrees for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Wrap well in foil or cloth to keep moist.

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