Growing Up- Jam Cake

1 cup butter
1½ cup sugar
3 cups flour
4 eggs
3/4 cup sour milk or buttermilk (or use sweet milk and a teaspoon of lemon juice)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cloves
1 cup raisins
1 8½ tin crushed pineapple (tinned really does work better)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup blackberry (or other) jam
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Soak raisins overnight in pineapple juice.

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, beating after each one. Stir in jam.

Add dry ingredients, spices and leavening first, alternating with buttermilk.

Stir in pineapple, raisins, coconut and pecans.

Bake at 350° for 50 minutes in a paper-lined or well greased loaf pan.

I have no picture for this… not because I’ve never made it but because I’ve lost the picture somewhere. I do, however, have a couple of stories about it!

The first story is about the recipe itself. Mom cut it out of a magazine and we made it for Christmas… and everybody loved it!! So fab… and then the recipe vanished. We could not find it for about 15 years, however hard we looked for it. Then the wasband’s grandmother, a wonderful lady, told me she had it (when I mentioned it to her) in a cookbook that she’s had for years and years. One of those little spiral bound things that companies and societies and schools put out as fund raisers? She had a recipe in there too. But when we looked it up, it wasn’t exactly the same… and then the magazine clipping surfaced at Mom’s… so I grabbed it and wrote it down and put it in a safe place. In a way, this recipe was the start of my determination to write my own cookbook so I could always be sure of finding my recipes again.

The other story is a little funny and very nice. I made jam cakes to send to friends for Christmas one year and one of them I sent to a friend in Norway ([info]caldair as a matter of fact.) When is father had a piece he told him- “Marry this girl!” I found that hilarious.

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