Today’s Contest Spotlight is shining on Judy A. Colosimo of DIckinson, ND and her grandmother’s recipe for Poor Man’s Cake.
We like this recipe for its simplicity, its pretty presentation, and for the meaning in its name. In her story, Judy (via her grandmother) tells us to remember the poor and needy at Christmas, and we are grateful for this reminder. Oftentimes, in the midst of the holiday frenzy, overwhelm starts to set in and we can overlook what is truly important.
Over the next few weeks, take time to gather up your gently-used goods to take to your favorite local charity in need. Or stock your pockets and purse with dollar bills and thank the bell ringer as you place them in the red buckets scattered all around this time of year.
Work with your church or local charity to find a family or child in need, and volunteer to be a Secret Santa. You’d be surprised how little it takes to make someone’s Christmas special.
If you don’t have extra money to give, give your time, if you can. Or just find ways to be grateful for what you have, and try not to pass your stress on to others. Take long, deep breaths throughout the day, and pray for extra patience. Seek peace and joy, and pass it on.
Do you have any holiday “giving to others” traditions? Post your answers in the Comments section below, then make some Poor Man’s Cake and share it with your loved ones.
Thank you for sharing your special recipe and story with us, Judy, and GOOD LUCK!
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Judy A. Colosimo’s Poor Man’s Cake
It’s that time of year again when people gather for their holiday meal, time to throw out that old fruit cake and try this tradition instead.
This recipe is handed down from my grandmother. She said at Christmas it is important to remember the poor and needy.
She said that this cake is called the poor man’s cake because it was made by a farmer’s wife who needed a Christmas dessert and found only the few ingredients in her cupboard. Her chickens never laid any eggs for her so this cake is what she made.
So every year at Grandma’s this cake was made.
1 ½ cups raisins (soak to clean)
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Cloves
½ cup shortening
2 cups hot water
1 ½ cups sugar
½ tsp. salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups flour
Boil all ingredients for 5 minutes, except the baking powder and flour. Cool to lukewarm or cold.
Mix in the the baking powder and flour. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes in a 9 by 13 in. greased pan.
When finished and cooled, frost with plain vanilla frosting or cream cheese frosting. Top with chopped walnuts or sprinkles if desired.
Submitted by Judy A. Colosimo of Dickinson, ND