This was one of my Gramma Hoover’s recipes. It was one of my dad’s favorites, but others of us like it really well too. :-) It is rather pricey to make with the cost of Brazil nuts being what it is, but it makes a great rare treat. I haven’t made this cake for some years now, and I interpreted her somewhat cryptic method of writing down recipes the best I could.
Brazil Nut Sensation
3/4 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
In a large bowl put:
3 C. shelled Brazil nuts (whole)
2 8 oz. packages pitted dates
1 C. well-drained maraschino cherries
Sift flour mixture over nut mixture. Mix with hands until nuts and fruit are well-coated.
In another bowl:
Beat until foamy: 3 eggs
Add: 1 tsp. vanilla
Stir this into nut mixture. Spread evenly in 2 9x5x3 bread pans, greased and lined with waxed paper.
Bake: 1 hr. 45 min. (or 1 hour to 45 minutes?) – or until cake tester comes out clean.
Cool, wrap in aluminum foil and refrigerate up to 5-6 weeks. (Or freeze.)