Mom's Most Important Nut Cake

This has nothing to do with Real Estate, but it is almost time for the Holidays and I wanted to give you a gift. 

AJ's Lemon Nut Cake (soaked in Brandy)


3 sticks butter (coconut oil is healthier)

2 cups sugar (or any sweetener)
6 whole eggs (slightly beaten)
3.5 cups flour (I use Gluten Free)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 pkg white raisins
1 qt shelled chopped pecans
2 oz lemon extract


DIRECTIONS
Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs. Add dry ingredients, then raisins, then pecans. Add lemon extract last. Put in greased tube pan. Bake 375 for 1 hr & 45 minutes. Test for doneness with toothpick.  The toothpick should come out clean when inserted and removed, no wet ingredients sticking to it.

Optional (not really!): After cool, put a jigger of brandy in middle and drape cheesecloth or other cloth strips from brandy over cake (soaking cake slowly over a few days with a lot of brandy). Don't pour brandy over the cake, just drape the cloth strips over and slowly let the brandy soak into the cake. 

Anna Joyce Langeland - mom - making a pie for my wedding

My sister calls the cake "Mom's Most Important Nut Cake"

Mom was in hospice care at my brother, Stephen's, house.  A few days before Christmas, my sister, Suzan, and I decided to try to make THE cake.  Mom feebly dictated the instructions.  The most important instruction is to slice it into VERY thin slices (my guess is that slicing it thin was born out of three things: the CAKE is SO DAMN DELICIOUS, it fed a lot of people, and the ingredients were so expensive for us).  After the cake had soaked in brandy for about a day, Leo, mom's best friend, came for a visit.  He hadn't heard her admonition about thin slices - how could he know - he took a "regular" slice.  We didn't have the heart to tell her when she asked if we sliced it really thin - we lied and told her "yes".
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