Doris Hart’s Dark Fruitcake Holiday Recipe.

If there’s one recipe that seems to have gotten a bad wrap over the years the fruitcake is surely it.

Now you know that one of my favorite things about the holiday season is the passing down of recipes through the generations. I love being able to have my family over and make the same recipes my mother did when I was a child. This one was one of my Grandmother’s favorites, a Dark Fruit Cake. She got the recipe from “Doris Hart” who I was lucky to learn was a neighbor friend of hers when she lived in South Florida.

This fruitcake is such a family staple that it actually inspired one of our new Family Recipe series Tea Towels. And I was so honored to be included in this month’s issue of Taste of the South, sharing this beautiful heirloom family recipe card and the story behind it (Nov/Dec 2018) so be sure to check out the full story there.

Fruit Cake / heirloomed
Fruit Cake / heirloomed

DORIS HART’S DARK FRUITCAKE:

  • 1 lb sugar

  • 1 lb butter

  • 1 lb flour

  • 1 lb walnuts

  • 1 lb almonds

  • 1 lb pecans

  • 1 doz eggs

  • 4 pkg seedlees raisins

  • 2 lb dates

  • 1 lb candied cherries

  • 1 lb pineapple

  • 1/2 pound each: citron lemon & orange peel

  • 1 jar jelly

  • 1 t each: cloves, cinnamon, allspice

  • 2 squares chocolate

  • 1 cup dk molasses, coffee, and brandy

  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Cream butter, sugar- add egg yolk, creamed till lemon color. Add liquids and flour alternately, then spices and slightly beaten egg whites. Add fruit (cut, floured, and dredged first.) Grease and line pans with greased brown paper. Bake slow- 300 degrees then lowered to 250 degrees for two or more hours until tested. Cool- dribble with brandy and wrap in cheesecloth or paper towels and aluminum foil (not to be places next to the cake) and store in a cool place. makes several cakes- bake in tube pans or loaf pans- Different sizes will require different time schedules for baking. May be frosted, glazed or left plain.


Taste of the South magazine / Nov Dec 2018 / Handed Down Fruit Cake Recipe


Thanks to the article in Taste of the South, we have gotten so many requests from readers for the full version of this recipe, so I hope this serves as your go-to recipe for years to come! If you give it a try please let me know how you like it in the comments!


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Granny's Caramel Pecan Turtles.

The first year I was dating my husband I went out to his family farm for the holidays and I got to hang out with his great grandmother, Granny, and help make Christmas cookies.

Just like my Grandmother, she had an assortment of cookie recipes that you could tell were her go-to’s year after year. One of my favorites were these little jelly-filled German cookies, dusted in powdered sugar and filled with a special fruit jelly that she could only buy at specialty markets.

I quickly learned the family favorite of her assortment - the Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles, as she stashed away bagfuls for each of her children and grandchildren so they all got their fair share. I don’t think they lasted 5 minutes among any of them.

chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed

The pecans from her Turtles were hand-picked, cracked and shelled right there from an orchard of trees on the family farm. We lived at the farm for 10 months while we were building our house and picking pecans with Granny was a favorite activity of my kids, and myself too.

At 90+ years old she rides out there on her Gator with a pecan roller in hand and walks among the old pecan trees and between the five-or-so horses that are constantly roaming the pasture. They like to eat the pecans too.

Then we’d bring the bucket-fulls of pecans back to her house and sit together at the kitchen table to crack them and carefully pick out the meat. She has a little quilted jam jar that sits beside her while she’s cracking for the coveted whole pecan halves that make it out in once piece. This little stash is squirreled away in her storage fridge until she’s ready to make her holiday pecan. Truly the cream of the crop.

Chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed

CHOCOLATE CARAMEL TURTLES

  • Fresh, whole pecans, shelled + halved

  • 2 bags of Kraft caramels

  • 1 bag Ghiradelli dark melting wafers

"Cross" the pecans on a wax-papered cookie sheet using four pecans for each turtle. Melt the caramels in the microwave and carefully pull of a spoonful of caramel,  place and flatten onto each pecan cross. Once caramel has been applied to each grouping of pecans, melt the chocolate and spoon a dollop on each turtle to complete. Allow them to firm and dry, then indulge. Enjoy!

chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed
chocolate caramel turtles / heirloomed

Granny has this special little trick of lining up the counter with waxed paper, making her pecan crosses and then heating up the caramel. She has a little bowl of ice water right next to her as she works, quickly dipping her fingers to cool them so as not to burn them, and then right into the hot, melted caramel to place on top each cross. Then a dollop of melted chocolate to finish them off, swatting hungry hands away while she works.

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I truly hope you’ll give this family-favorite recipe a try. It even inspired our “Pecan Orchard Pleasantries” IceMilk Apron.


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heirloomed magazine : pie issue.

This holiday season I wanted to pay homage to a true holiday staple: PIE. No matter the holiday function pie will always be there for us to enjoy. And, no matter your pie preference you can always find a sweet or savory pie that suits your fancy.

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In this month’s issue of heirloomed magazine issue you will find all of my favorite pie recipes, a behind the scenes look at how our pie birds are made, and so much more.

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Stovetop Apple Cider.

If you know me you know I love warm weather, BUT one of the best things about a chill in their air is getting to enjoy some of the most classic Fall favorites. I love spending time time with my family cozied up by the fireplace enjoying a treat and this is one we always break out on Halloween and sip all season long - Apple Cider.

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Today I am going to share my favorite apple cider recipe. This is the perfect quick and easy recipe to get the kids in the kitchen to help with, and even if you don’t love drinking it I promise you’ll want to put a pot on just to make your house smell amazing for Fall. This is also an easy recipe to move to the crockpot too, especially green when you’re entertaining because it stays nice and warm for your guests.

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STOVETOP APPLE CIDER

2 quarts apple juice

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 apple (cut in half + with peeling)

1 small orange (cut in 1/4 inch slice + with peeling)

2 tsp whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp allspice

Begin by inserting the whole cloves into all sides of the apple. Using a dutch oven or saucepan begin heating the apple juice over medium heat. When it becomes heated begin to stir in the brown sugar until it dissolves. Add in the remaining ingredients and let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove the apple, orange and any other whole ingredients. Serve hot in your favorite mug, and enjoy.

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Southern Baked Pie Company.

Amanda Wilbanks never imagined she'd be spending her days baking some of the South's best pies. I got the chance to meet Amanda over coffee about two years ago when she wanted to bring some of our aprons into her gorgeous new pie shop a few miles down the road from me.

Amanda started Southern Baked Pie Company after a buttermilk pie stole her heart, and her tastebuds. In the kitchen with her mother in law, she watched as she made the pie from scratch, right down to the crust. The aroma that filled her home was sweet, unmistakably nostalgic, and captivating. The rest is history.

Her connection to pies is one that ultimately goes back to a love of the kitchen and the preservation of the technique and patience it takes to make homemade baked goods from scratch. 

Amanda baked hundreds of pies out of her house with one tiny oven until she realized it was time to expand to Southern Baked Pie Company's first shop in Gainesville, Georgia. After three years in the Gainesville location, the company opened additional locations in Buckhead and Alpharetta. Her pies are well-known in Georgia, but are reaching far beyond. The caramel pecan pie even won the 2016 Taste of Georgia award! They're not all sweet though; one of the best-sellers is her unbelievably savory chicken pot pie (I can attest, it’s a family favorite over here). 

These signature recipes come from both sides of Amanda's family, dating back decades. Now, the recipes have been given new life and a legacy that's carried out by Amanda, Southern Baked Pie Company and their team of bakers. 

I sat down with Amanda and we talked over how to make a gorgeous, old-fashioned pie crust using timeless techniques. She uses an all-butter pastry dough because of both the taste and texture of a 100% butter crust. 

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When I make pie dough, I tend to get flour absolutely everywhere. Amanda had this problem too, until her mother-in-law showed her the mess-reducing trick of rolling her dough between two pieces of parchment, eliminating the need for flour. Once rolled out, she double checks the size of the dough by placing the upside down pie pan on top, making sure there's about an inch extra for pleating the crust. 

Amanda showed me what she calls "The Fold-Under" -- a crust technique that requires folding under the edge of the crust and pressing it back down onto the pan to form a thicker outer edge. On that outer edge, she and her bakers pleat the crust beautifully, using a simple finger method. It tastes as good as it looks!

We then went on to the ultimate challenge: a gorgeous lattice crust. Amanda showed me how simple it can be to achieve the classic look of a woven crust, even in my own kitchen. We cut half-inch strips out of a piece of rolled pie dough and proceeded to weave the pieces together loosely. A woven crust works best for a fruit pie, so it's best to weave loosely so that you can see how colorful the filling looks underneath. Amanda's pie crust tactics play on those feelings of nostalgia and the image of a perfectly pleated and woven pie on a picnic blanket or in Grandma's kitchen. 

Born from a small oven and inspired by sweet smells and even sweeter memories, Southern Baked Pie Company brings a little bit of homemade, hand-pleated goodness to Georgians (and they even ship nationwide!)

At this moment, Amanda is probably out on the road sharing her brand new cookbook, Southern Baked: Celebrating Life With Pie - just in time for holiday baking to begin. And she’s offered up a beautiful signed copy and a delicious pie for one lucky winner too so be sure to enter below for your chance to win.

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