Danica was a friend my
motherís and who my Mom and I took care of during her last few years of her
life. She was 102 years young when the Lord took her home in the early 1980's.
Her son was going to throw away most of her stuff and I asked if I could have
them. In her kitchen things were a few old recipes clip out of newspaper and
from flour bags inserts too. This White Fruit Cake is from a newspaper clipping
but do not know if it is from New York City or Detroit newspaper. Paper is so
brittle that it will crumble in your finger tips if not careful. Very good fruit
cake. One day, I am going to make it without the fruits and almonds.
White Fruit Cake
One-half cup shredded
citron or candied orange and lemon peel
One cup seedless raisins
One-half cup shredded blanched almonds
Two cups sifted flour
One-half teaspoon baking powder
One cup butter or margarine
One cup white sugar
One teaspoon lemon extract
One teaspoon vanilla
All citron or a mixture of citron and peel may be used. If they are bought in a
large pieces, place on a pan in a warm oven for a few minutes. This will soften
them enough so they may be shredded easily with scissors dipped in cold water.
Wash raisins and dry on a clean cloth, removing all stems. Blanch almonds, cover
with cold water, bring to boiling point, boil one minute, drain, cover with cold
water, slip off skins, dry on a cloth and shred. Mix fruits and nuts and flour
lightly with a little of the flour mixture to be used in the cake.
Sift flour before measuring, then sift again with the baking powder. If
margarine is used instead of butter, sift 1/4 teaspoon salt with the flour.)
Separate eggs, beat whites until stiff, then with same beater beat yolks until
thick. Cream butter until it can beaten with a spoon before adding sugar. Add
sugar, gradually beating mixture until creamy. Add beaten egg yolks, slowly,
which gives "curdled" effect. Beat well. Add a portion of the flour mixture and
stir (do not beat) until smooth. Fold in part of the beaten egg whites. Continue
to fold in flour and egg whites alternately. Add flavoring and lightly floured
fruits and nuts.
Pour into pans lined with greased paper and bake in a moderate oven (300 to 350
degrees F.) one hour unless a deep bread pan is used. A longer time will be
needed for a thicker cake. Cool a few minutes then remove from pans and cool on
cake cooler so air may circulate around cake. Cake must be cold before cutting.
Will keep moist at least two weeks.