Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Bernadine Brock's Fruit Nut Bread

2/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup soft shortening
3 tablespoons sour milk or buttermilk
1 cup grated apple or other fruit
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Blend sugar and soft shortening until well mixed. Stir in sour milk and grated fruit. Sift flour, baking powder, soda and salt together, and add to fruit mixture. Mix well. Stir in chopped nuts. Pour into 2 well greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Let stand 20 minutes before baking. Bake at 350° until it tests done.

- If using applesauce: Use brown sugar, not white. Omit sour milk.
- For orange date bread: Use recipe above and omit sour milk. Instead, add the pulp and juice from an orange along with enough water to make 1 cup. Add 1 cup cut up dates.

Bernadine Brock of Rose, Nebraska, placed this recipe in the Jolly Neighbors Extension Club's handwritten cookbook during the early 1960's. John and Bernadine Brock lived and worked on the ranch my parents bought at Rose when it was owned by Cecil Lee. Later, I believe they worked on the Shovel Dot Ranch. I have expanded the directions a little because all the recipes were greatly condensed to fit on one side of a 3x5" recipe card.

Another great Easy Recipe

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)