I am so ready for Christmas! I love this time of year as evident by the seven Christmas trees in our home and countless other decorations spread from one end to the other. This season, though it is so cold outside, has always filled me with warm memories and love! This year we will be having a large part of our family over for Christmas Eve dinner and I have already started baking! WHAT? But that is two weeks away! Exactly! I need at least that much time for my splurge item to be just perfect!
As many of our family and friends know, in August Nick and I changed our way of eating. We no longer think of it as a diet as we did but have now settled on making it a permanent change! We have watched our carb intake and it has been a wonderful change for us. After a rocky first couple of weeks getting over the cravings for all that sugar we have found our happy zone and I am proud to report that together we have lost nearly 60 pounds! We even survived Thanksgiving!
But Christmas I am already thinking of! Christmas dinner I will be careful but I am preparing myself now for a splurge, for a moment of childhood bliss and memories of my Granny’s kitchen. I am making her Blackberry Jam cake! I haven’t made one in years so I was nervous. My Granny passed away in 2000 and I miss her so much. I am thankful for all the things she left for her family that we can come together around and think of all she was in our lives. This recipe is one of them and I am going to share it!
After searching Jam Cake recipes on the internet I came to realize that there is nothing I have found so far anywhere close to this one. I do not know where she got it (if some one in the family knows please share!) But I do know I love it. I will warn you, if you are dieting in any form or have sugar problems, beware! I think even reading the recipe will make us gain wait and go into a diabetic coma! Please bear with the recipe, I copied it down directly from Granny’s card and just like a grandmother who has made a recipe countless times from memory there are parts that do not make a lot of sense and parts missing, but it still works wonders!
Granny’s Jam Cake
Pre-heat oven to 350.
2 cups sugar
4 cups flour, sifted
2 teas. baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
2 teas. cinnamon
2 teas. nutmeg
2 optional teas. spices (not sure what kind of spices she meant here but I usually add a little more cinnamon and nutmeg)
Mix all ingredients with 2 cups of the flour til blended, slowly add in the other 2 cups. Keep aside 1 1/2 cups of the batter to make the icing and pour the rest evenly into greased round pans. (I used 2 but would have probably worked better if I had made it three!) At this point my Granny didn’t write how long to bake but I timed mine and it was around 30 minutes. Depending on the size and number of pans you will have to adjust accordingly.
Icing (This is what I think makes this recipe so different and wonderfully delicious!!)
1 1/2 cups of prepared dough from above
3/4 cup sweet milk (regular milk)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 stick of butter (about the size of an egg)
Boil, stirring constantly until thick. Spread between layers and on top of cake.
I tried to time the cooking of the icing and over all it took between 5-10 minutes. You will start to see the change in color as it grows darker and gets more thick.
The hardest part about this recipe is the waiting. Once cooled you must store this in a cool area for about 2-3 weeks (I am going with 2) for it to work its wonderful magic! That was always difficult growing up. Everyday sneaking into Granny’s back bedroom where the cake was sitting, so peacefully, waiting for the holidays so we could all enjoy its yumminess! And now, I will have to suffer again as I stare at the cake carrier, knowing what is waiting!
I hope this recipe brings others as much joy as it has brought to our family over the countless years!! Merry Christmas to everyone!