Smoky Mountain Family Historian

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Christmas Foods

Did your family have any traditional dishes for the holidays? Was there one dish that you thought was unusual?

Turkey and dressing and ham were usually on the menu. Pies were usually pecan and chocolate. Mom always made candies, especially fudge.

While we are on the subject of fudge, I should tell a story. On one of Mom and Dad's trips after they retired, they found some wonderful cranberry fudge somewhere on the coast of Oregon. For several years, Mom would always order a box from them at Christmas. Later, the place went out of business, but she found out about another place nearby which supposedly had that place's recipe. Let's just say that the box of fudge was rather disappointing. Mom then proceeded the next year to devise her own cranberry fudge recipe. She got that recipe tweaked, and it's a family favorite now. I dare not share that recipe with you all though without asking Mom's permission.

Mom always made an “Amalgamation Cake” at Christmas. This was a very popular cake in northeast Mississippi as you can see by a recent mention at Itawamba History Review and Terry's description of it in today's Hill Country of Monroe County Mississippi . When I was little, I thought it was awful. Later on, I developed a taste for it. It's very rich. If you are watching your cholesterol, don’t even bother to look at the recipe!

Amalgamation Cake

2 cups sugar
2 cups butter
10 egg whites
1 ½ cups milk
3 Tablespoons baking powder
3 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream together sugar and butter. Sift together baking powder and flour and gradually add to sugar, butter. Add milk as needed while mixing. Add vanilla. Fold in egg whites last. Divide mixture into two 9 x 13 inch pans. Bake in a 350 degree oven until inserted toothpick comes clean.


3 cups sugar
1 pound butter
2 cups raisins
2 cups chopped pecans
10 egg yolks
2 cups grated coconut
1 cup coconut water (or milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar, butter, egg yolks, and coconut water (or milk). Add remaining ingredients. Mix well and frost.

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  • Man that Amalgamation Cake sounds good but it should come with a CPR card!

    I have one such cholesterol busting recipe that I make for Christmas - Tres Leches.

    By Blogger Thomas MacEntee, at 4:21 AM  

  • Sounds absolutely decadent! Yum!

    By Blogger Jasia, at 7:36 AM  

  • Lori, what part of Mississippi are you from? I'm writing an article on amalgamation cake, and am trying to pin it down geographically. It certainly seems to have its roots in northeast Mississippi.

    By Blogger Jesse Yancy, at 8:17 AM  

  • Lori, what part of Mississippi are you from? I'm trying to pin down the geographical origins of the amalgamation cake, and it certainly seems to be northeast Mississippi, where I'm from (Calhoun County).

    By Blogger Jesse Yancy, at 8:19 AM  

  • I love when Mom makes this cake! She makes one yearly at Christmas. Funny you mentioned NEMS because that's where my parents live!

    By Blogger Gwen, at 12:16 AM  

  • @Jesse Yancy - Amory

    By Blogger Lori Thornton, at 1:38 PM  

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