Shaker Recipe of the Month

Church Family Kitchen - Hancock Shaker Village
Kitchen of the Church Family, Hancock Shaker Village
Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, September 1873

December 2016

Fruit Cake

2 cups butter, scant 2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups flour 12 eggs
2 cups citron 2 cups currants
2 tsp. allspice 2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 pint brandy

Soften butter, add sugar, eggs, beat well. Add dry ingredients sifted together. Add fruit and brandy, mix thoroughly and bake one hour in slow oven.

Lucy Ann Shepard, Canterbury, N.H.

Other Shaker recipes can be found in Shaker Cook Book, by Caroline Piercy and Arthur Tolve (Bowling Green, Ohio, Gabriel’s Horn Publishing Co., 1984). Used by permission.

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