way to express your affection and kindle friendship than to share
a recipe with friends. Not only do you pass them the recipe, but
you give them a sample cake the recipe produced, and the starter
so they can make their own.
Mix in a four
litre (one-gallon) glass jar with a loose fitting lid:
1 ½ cuts starter*
1 - 20 oz. Can of sliced peaches, with juice
2 cups white sugar
Leave at room
temperature, and STIR every day for 10 days with a wooden spoon.
On the 10th
day, add one 20 oz. Can of crushed pineapple with juice, and 2 cups
of sugar. STIR every day for 10 days.
On the 20th
day, add two 9 oz. Jars of drained maraschino cherries. You may
use half red and half green if you wish. STIR every day for 10 days.
On the 30th
day, drain the juice off the fruit. You now have starter juirce
for your friends (1 ½ cups each).
Do not refrigerate
the starter. It must be used within 3 days.
To the remaining
fruit pulp add:
2 cups chopped heartnuts
2 cups raisins and/or
8 oz. Candied peel
1 dry cake mix (the kind with the pudding added)
In a separate
large bowl, beat:
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
3 more cake mixes (the kind with the pudding added)
Beat well and fold into fruit mixture.
into lightly greased baking pans. Decorate the top of the cakes
with whole heartnut kernels.
Bake at 325ºF
for 50 - 60 minutes. Yields eight 4"x8" loaves.
and remains very moist.
*If you don't
have a starter, substitute 1 ½ cups apricot brandy. Proceed
with the recipe as written above. When you are finished you will
have a starter to share with your friends. Give them copies of this
recipe so they can make their own and share with their friends as