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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Classic Kids Easter Books Round Up.

You know I love anything classic and traditional and while I'm doing some last minute planning for the kids Easter basket this year, I'm getting all nostalgic about these classic Easter books for kids.

My kiddos love reading, especially at night so including a book or two in their basket is always a must. I thought I'd share this simple round up and hope you'll work in some classics this year too.

classic kids easter books round up / heirloomed

CLASSIC EASTER BOOKS ROUND UP


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12 Days of Christmas Cookies.

December is finally here (and so is my Mom) so that officially means holiday music non-stop on my radio, visits to Santa, decorating every square inch of the house and of course, Christmas Cookies.

12 days of Christmas cookies / heirloomed

I'm so thrilled to share a very special new hand-illustrated Holiday Tea Towel that you use have for the season. So, we're taking the first "12 days of Christmas" to celebrate 12 of our family's favorite classic Christmas cookie recipes.

Each cookie is featured on the tea towel and guess what? My mom is the one who illustrated it so it's all the more special to me. Not coincidentally she's the one that taught me to bake each of these cookies so this has truly been one of the most special, full-circle projects I've gotten the chance to work on to date.

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies / Free Download / heirloomed magazine

 

Stay tuned over the next two weeks or so as I share these classic recipes and a whole lot more about all the holiday traditions that I love. The nostalgia of the holiday season, from decor you use year after year, traditions that have been passed down and the recipes that just make the season what it is - it's what heirloomed is all about. And seeing the season through the eyes of my kiddos is all the more special.

I'd love for you to share some of your favorite decor, traditions + recipes too with hashtag #HEIRLOOMEDHOLIDAY all season.

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Old-School Game Night.

There are so many traditions I love creating, whether knowingly or not, for my kiddos during this very special time in their childhood.

I was just talking about how funny it is that some of the fondest memories I have from growing up were some of the most simple things of my life. Sipping hot cocoa on the front porch of a cabin, fishing with a cane pole and a can of corn in the middle of a creek, eating pecan sandies at the beach in a large hole we dug in the sand because it was so windy, and making "mud pies" with rocks + leaves we found in the driveway.

Because the simple things are often times the most special, and because of the ages of our kids these days (5, 3 + 2) the thought of game night every now and then is right up our "staying in tonight" alley.  

dominos for family game night / childhood traditions / heirloomed

Even our supper club has skewed toward game night lately in lieu of going out. I grew up playing Rummikub, SkipBo, Gin Rummy, Monopoly and Dominos, and doing puzzles on those rainy days at the beach. I love the throwback nature of a good game night and the kids love the challenge of learning something new and growing their little skills, beating each other (or us ..) and of course munching on a few snacks along the way.

I've included a few of my favorites below because they make great holiday gifts + stocking stuffers as the season grows closer. Love to know some of your favorite games to play with your family! #HEIRLOOMED


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Hand Drawn Sketches.

This time of year I'm scrambling to squeeze in a little photo session of my family so I can knock out my Christmas cards as early as possible. Which pretty much never happens. I'm generally rushing at the last minute to put them together, get my address list updated and cards out before the season is over. Maybe this is my year.

One reason I wait until the last minute these days is because my kiddos are at such a fun, young age and before my very eyes I wake up and they seem suddenly older overnight. I say that to mean that I hate taking the family photos too soon before the season because I love to capture them and their age + wonder at that very moment in life.

As I started thinking about my card this year it made me reflect on how we are capturing them as children forever. One way to do this beyond photography is a bit more old school through sketches and paintings of your children.

hand drawn childhood pencil sketches / heirloomed

I'm so thankful that my mom is an amazingly talented artist who can create just about anything I throw at her (which admittedly is *alot*). For each of the kids 1st birthdays she did these gorgeous pencil sketches of them, forever capturing that special first year for us there on paper. Such a special keepsake that I know they'll cherish later in life. 

When you're taking your family photos for your own holiday card this year, you may want to consider having your photographer capture a few individual photos of your or your child to keep and later have turned into a piece of art.

While some artists prefer to work with live models to capture the spirit and personality of the person, many work from a photograph so you'll want to plan ahead and keep in mind the style of art you want at the end of the journey. For example, if you're looking for more of a traditional oil painting, you may want to go with a sweet seated pose in a little chair in your home in a sweet little smocked outfit. It's great to do this around age 3-5, generally before your child starts loosing their teeth and still has the essence of childhood in their little face. Mom, get ready.

vintage red charcoal sketch of grandmother / heirloomed

I love the beauty of a sketch and this gorgeous bust of my Grandmother was passed down to me with a special caption handwritten at the bottom "Cecile Longley, my daughter a drawing."

I just love this so much because I see the artist has signed it, so I know the text handwritten below was probably added by my great grandmother, who I never had the pleasure of meeting. I love that she probably had this piece commissioned of my Grandmother, who is much older than a child so I often wonder if there was a certain occasion this piece was created to celebrate. A graduation perhaps?

I also have some paper cut silhouettes that my mom had created for me when I was very young, and I did these for the kids as well when they were younger. They're so sweet and classic.

I'd love to see some of your sketches, painting + family photos from your own family #HEIRLOOMED


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com