Christmas Rum Cake
This is the recipe for a delicious rum cake that our CaliforniaGermans contributor Merrill grew up with. It’s a treasured recipe from his mother, who used to make many smaller cakes from this recipe instead of one big one. It stayed a tradition for him and his family and every holiday season they are the delight of everyone in his family.
LIST OF INGREDIENTS:
|1.||1/2 Pound||Cake Flour|
|4.||5 Eggs||Separate the yolks from the egg white|
|5.||1/2 Cup||Evaporated milk|
|6.||2 Tea Spoon||Baking Powder|
|7.||1 Tea Spoon||Vanilla|
|8.||1/8 Tea Spoon||Salt|
|9.||3 Table Spoon||Burned Sugar (see procedure)|
|10.||3 Table Spoon||Raisins and cut Prunes soaked in Rum for several weeks|
|11.||1/3 Cup||Chopped Walnuts|
|12.||1/4 Cup||Red Cherries cut into Halves|
|13.||1/4 Cup||Green Cherries cut into Halves|
|14.||1/3 Cup||Dark Beer|
|15.||1/8 Tea Spoon||Grinded Nutmeg|
|16.||2 Table Spoon||Orange Juice|
|17.||1 Orange Skin||Grated orange peel|
STEP #1: Burn the 3 tablespoons sugar to a dark syrup then add 1 tablespoon of water, keep to a thick consistency. Let it cool down.
STEP #2: Mix butter with sugar, add dark syrup from STEP #1, grated orange peel, vanilla, nutmeg, orange juice. Add egg yolks one at a time. Add evaporated milk little by little.
STEP #3: Strain flour, baking powder, and salt together in separate bowl and add to the batter.
STEP #4: Add the cherries, prunes, chopped walnuts.
STEP #5: Whip the egg white apart and add to the batter at low speed. Add the dark beer.
STEP #6: Pour into a buttered 9-inch mold.
STEP #7: Bake at 350 ° F for around one hour
As a recent retiree, Merrill Lyew Emanuel now has time for his old and new hobbies. Within his hobbies are writing fan fiction in German, solving chess puzzles, repairing things at home that are not broken, doing a little bit of social media, reading every and anything that looks like a book, traveling a little, and taking snapshots with his mirrorless camera.
Having lived in Germany, Costa Rica and the USA, he is fluent in the languages of these countries. As a professional geographer he traveled profusely throughout Latin America. He is living in Southern California for over thirty years. Find more of his work at http://www.merrillius.net
It’s Holiday Baking Time!
This Friday marks the 1st of December and while we can start opening the first door on our advent calendar (Yay!), we still have to wait a few days to lighten the first candle on our Advent wreath. The first Sunday of Advent is near however and on December 3rd we will officially enter the 4 weeks of Advent before Christmas Eve.
Typical for the Christmas season in Germany is having an Advent calendar helping you countdown to the 24th December, an advent wreath that is the centerpiece in the dining room or living room, and… lots of homemade Christmas cookies to share with family and friends! And some families do take holiday baking really seriously! It’s not uncommon for some families to sport up to 15 different cookie varieties. No kidding!
So…, how is your holiday baking coming along this season?
If you are still struggling with deciding what to bake and want to get inspired, check out our posts on Thursdays. Every Thursday until Christmas one of our CaliforniaGermans contributors will let you in on his or her favorite baking recipe for the holiday season.
We hope you’ll discover your favorite one among them!