In 1993 my brother Stan compiled a marvelous cookbook titled Lancaster Family Reunion Cookbook. All of our family was encouraged to send in some of their favorite recipes for the book. He did a remarkable job and sent a copy to every family member who contributed or requested a copy.
Lancaster is my mother’s maiden name. I believe the idea for the cookbook originated after the 1987 reunion when so many of us gathered in Oklahoma City after flying or driving in from various other states. It was a great and memorable reunion. Many of our loved ones have passed on since that time. The tradition carries on, we still get together each year, however the numbers are dwindling.
Today I am sharing a very special recipe from my Aunt Evelyn Lancaster. She was a grand auntie who suffered many losses in her lifetime. She had multiple miscarriages and then lost a six year old son after he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle. Even with a broken heart she always made me feel like a million dollars. I can remember many occasions walking into her living room to see her sitting in the middle of her couch. Her face would break into the biggest smile and she would spread her arms as wide as she could and say “Come over here and give “Anie” a big kiss.” She had so much love to give and she had a tremendous sense of humor, as you will see after reading the recipe she submitted.
1 cup butter
1 or 2 quarts Rum
2 large eggs
1 cup dried fruit
Before you start; sample the rum to check for quality. Good isn’t it?
Now go ahead, select a large bowl, measuring cup etc. To be sure rum is of the highest quality, pour 1 level cup of rum in to a glass and drink it as fast as you can. Repeat…
With an electric mixer beat 1 cup butter in a large fluffy bowl, add 1 seaspoon of thugar and beat again.
Meanwhile, it’s important to make sure the rum is of the finest quality. Try another cup. Open second quart of rum in necessary. Add to arge legs, 2 cups of fried druit and beat until hig. If druit gets stuck on the beaters, just pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample rum again.
Next, sift 3 cups of pepper or salt, (it really doesn’t matter). Sample rum again. Sift 1 pint of lemon juice, add 1 bafferspoon of brown thugar or what ever color you can find.
Mix mel. Grease oven and turn cake pan to 350 gredeese., now pour the whole mess into the voven and ake. Check rum again and go to ged.
I have one small request. After you try the cake…be sure and let me know how you liked it. 🙂