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Thank you for sharing..it looks delicious..something to be had for very very special occasions!!

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2/22/18 9:45 P

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Fiddling with the original recipe took it down from a whopping 50 g netCarbs to 16net simply by replacing all purpose flour with coconut & almond flour. And of course I used sugar substitute instead of sugar

FAMILY HEIRLOOM HERMIT CAKE - Lower Carb KETO version- 16 netCarbs

The original version of this recipe for my Great Grandmother's (Josephine Price Lowe) FANTASTIC dark nutty pound cake has been handed down as a treasured "family secret" for many generations. Over the years, I've seen inferior versions online so I'm beyond pleased the REAL HERMIT CAKE recipe will live on.

THIS IS THE LOWER CARB VERSION where I replaced the sugar and all purpose flour. Everything else remains the same.
Calories:559
16 g netCarbs; 8 g Fiber; 48 g Fat; 14 g Protein
(See the original version with sugar & wheat flour for 50 g netCarbs/ 668 Calories)
Both recipes are shared now on CopyMeThat

***The nuts are to be purchased already shelled. If bought in shells buy 1 lb instead of 1/2 lb. ***

* My older sister came up with a cost saving shortcut; She substitutes the various nuts with 1 3/4 lb "mixed nuts" but I strongly suggest you try the recipe as written if you can!

* Its very rich so I recommend a thin serving size & you'll need a sharp knife to cut through those nuts!
One cake serves 16 (80 oz slices)



10 Eggs
1/2 lb real Butter, softened
1 cup Stevia or Equivalent Sugar Substitute for baking (or more to taste)

1/2 cup Coconut Flour
1/2 cup Almond Flour (or just enough to coat the following chunky ingredients)
1/2 lb Pecans
1/2 lb Brazil nuts (may also use Almonds)
1/2 lb English walnuts
1/4 lb Black Walnuts
1 cup pitted, chopped Dates
1 cup Raisins


Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Cream butter & sugar substitute. (May heat butter on stove & stir sugar substitute in but let it cool before adding the eggs.)

Add Eggs ONE AT A TIME, beating mixture after adding each.

In separate bowl, flour remaining ingredients (nuts,dates, rasins) lightly. They'll all look white.

Stir floured nut mixture into Butter, Sugar, Egg mixture.

Right before you spoon the cake mixture into the pan, grease a 10 inch spring form angel food tube pan really REALLY well. Then flour the pan, spoon in the cake mixture and pop it into the oven. (I tried using a bundt pan and it was murder getting it out in one piece.)

Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.

After removing from the oven, place the pan, right side up, on a wire rack, and let cool for 10 minutes away from drafts. This allows the cake to become firm enough to remove from the pan without breaking apart. Cooling too long in the pan will cause the cake to stick.



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We're getting closer to the Family Heirloom Hermit Cake Recipe. Mom did send it but left out the amount of flour and no instructions. I'm guessing it will be "a pound" since thats the way they measured way back when. LOL

Tomorrow for sure!
Oh and its not 10 lbs of nuts...its 10 eggs....oops...faulty memory

***The nuts are to be purchased already shelled. If bought in shells buy 1 lb instead of 1/2 lb. ***

10 Eggs
1/2 lb real Butter, softened
1 lb Sugar (This is generally considered to be 2 cups)
All Purpose Flour ( I'll substitute half coconut flour & half almond flour to lower carb content)
1/2 lb Pecans
1/2 lb Brazil nuts
1/2 lb English walnuts
1/4 lb Black Walnuts
1 box Dates, chopped (I'd use half a box)
1/2 box Raisins

Edited by: JUSTFURKIDS at: 2/22/2018 (00:51)
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Yes, Carol. I did find a few ways to use up some of the nuts before moving. I think we seasoned some, put some in a stir fry, maybe gave a package to my mom, and then moved the remaining. Im having a hard time using the cashews because they are so high carb.

10# of nut does sound like an expensive recipe!

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oh Carol PLEASE share when you find it..but 10 POUNDS of nuts??? what an expensive cake!!

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Thanks ladies for the reminder about hidden Xilytol- - - peanut butter!!!? Can't have the kitchen wolves getting into anything like that!

PIPPAMOUSE did you find the nut recipe you needed? I realize this is an old post but it got me thinking...reminiscing about an old "secret family recipe" all the matriarchs in my family, from Appalachia Hill country, served a very special HERMIT CAKE around Christmas time. I googled it and the recipes I found so far are close but not right; Not nearly awesome enough!

I'll see if I can't find the real deal and post...heck...I want to MAKE it! Ingredients include 10 pounds of nuts of all sorts (which is what gave away the recipes I found as inferior.) 6 eggs..dates, which I never liked (I'd lose that for Keto version) just enough flour to coat the nuts...cook real low for 2 1/2 hours! Anyway thanks for SPARKing the good memories! Sitting around the table with my sisters shelling nuts...Walnuts, Pecans,Gosh those Brazil nuts were hard to dig out of those weird hulls! lol Good Night!

PS seems to me using canned mixed nuts is a short cut & cost saving measure we figured out a few years back.

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yogurt..peanut butter...breath mints...its in so many things!!

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Sugar free gum and candy isn't something I've thought about in years! We have been without a dog since 2010. Now we have a dog and two preschoolers. My 3 year old has some sensory issues, and chewing gum can really help him. But he is 3 and doesn't understand that the 60 pound dog could literally die from a piece of gum. I think I read that sugar free gum is something like 70% xylitol by volume. And even chewed is really dangerous. People do not suffer the same fatal consequences as dogs. In people it is actually helpful to teeth, which is why it is in gum and candy and toothpaste. If you have dogs, for real xylitol needs to be Locked up. In dogs it basically binds to blood glucose, so their blood sugar drops very low very fast.

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you have to be careful with everything. my point was that someone said they didnt know what erythritol is..and swerve is mostly erythritol. however, walmart sells a huge bag marked STEVIA I made the mistake of believing the package. its got malitol in it, it is NOT just stevia, despite their advertising tactics. in the garbage it went...
and someone else says any time i say truvia that it is not stevia..the BAKING blend isnt, but the packets, and if you buy regular, it IS. my label says stevia leaf extract. thats it. nothing else.
the point is, read EVERYTHING. and know the things to watch out for...

and it cant be said enough..if you have dogs lock up any xylitol you might have. i own a newfoundland. shes small for a newf but big to most..130 pounds. and one small bit of xylitol would kill her dead. and its in EVERYTHING from peanut butter to yogurt. Read those labels!

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Swerve is MOSTLY erythritol. It's got some added indigestible carbs (oligosaccharides) to bring up the sweetness so you can measure it out by volume like sugar ( swervesweet.com/about/whats-
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Stevia is something completely different from erythritol, but some commercial dry stevia products, e.g. Truvia, use erythritol to add bulk because stevia is about two hundred times sweeter than sugar so the amounts needed are so tiny as to be difficult to measure out accurately. That said, Trader Joe's carries a pure stevia extract powder. Be careful not to confuse it with the stevia bulked out with lactose. The pure stuff is in smaller bottles. Note that liquid stevia products do not contain erythritol although some use glycerine, which is also sweet, as a solvent.

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swerve is erythritol. and stevia has erythritol..both will work fine..just melt them into the butter..i use this ratio...3 tablespoons sweetener, 3 tablespoons butter, to 2 1/2 cups nuts. i mix walnuts, pecans, macademias, and a few peanuts. and then just also mix in whatever spices you like..i use cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves. i love cloves!! melt the butter, mix in the sweetener and spices, then stir in the nuts. cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 mins. pour out on a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet and let cool. sometimes i mix them with sugar free chocolate chips if i'm hiking...really yummy!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR - that sounds amazing! Gonna do that TODAY!!

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Oooh you are my new favorite friend - that sounds yummy and I like the candied nuts too. I wondered if stevia or erythritol would work.

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11/24/17 10:39 P

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Here is a recipe to make muffins from almond flour (and other stuff).

So take those almonds, put them in a blender, or food processor, and chop them into itty bitty bits.

Here is a recipe, with 3 grams of carbs per muffin. Note my suggestion in that discussion to not sweeten them with Splenda, but with stevia. Certainly worth experimenting with. Muffins are easy to eat on the road too.

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Yup. Gonna do that. I was just looking at how to keto a shrimp and walnut recipe. And I was seeing things like this one. I will be doing some pecans and almonds for the recipe and some extra for snacks. I wonder how that would be as an addition to a meat with coconut milk. (Got some of that to use as well)

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umm..i have an addiction i will admit to. its candied nuts..put 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet. turn heat to medium and melt the butter. stir in 2-3 tablespoons of erythritol or stevia..half a teaspoon of cinnamon, about a quarter teaspoon each of cloves, ginger, cardamom, or your favorite spices. i use more but i love the baking spices so its natural for me. Now stir in 2-3 cups of nuts..i mix peanuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, macademias, whatever i have. stir to coat..continue stirring for about 5 mins till fragrant..be careful not to burn them.
spread on a parchment covered cookie sheet and let cool. break them apart if they clump..but i love the little clusters just like that. omg so so good...

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Thanks Julia. We are moving 45 min away. I have purged the junky stuff months ago. All that remains is some of the crackers my kids eat. I so plan to save some almonds for snacking, but we have so many. Hence looking for ways to incorporate them in recipes. In prep for the move I've also purged a lot of clothes from closets. I still have more stuff than I want, but it's less than it was.



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Moving? How far? Across town or across country? I think I would get a box of those snack size zippy bags and pack up your almonds in those bags so you can have protein & healthy fat energy every few hours while you are packing up and schlelpping stuff on and off the truck and in the new place - that way your moving party also has foods to eat without taking out time for big meals etc during the move. I've moved across from OK to Fl and then Fl to Kansas and Kansas to Calif. then back to Ks, and another move to Little Rock, where I moved twice in the two years I was there (started out at dorm and then moved out to west edge of town to a cheaper and safer apartment.). Sooo over the past 55+ years, I've had 40 different addresses. And moving is HARD WORK!

So that's one thought. Also - a few years ago, SparkRecipes got a bunch of awesome almond recipes from the national Almond growers bunch - here's a recipe I've used for Super Bowl and it's popular with the guys (pretty much all inhaled and potato chips were left over...go figure!!) - and would probably work fine if bagged up for snacks for your moving gang

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So that's some ideas off the top of my head, such as it is...

And I'm sure if you go to top and enter Pepitos in the search bar you can find recipes to use up those, or the pecans.

Personally, we put pecans in everything we can think of - breakfast cereal, ice cream, green beans (almonds are great toasted in coconut oil or butter along with the green beans too), but we're not a bit biased towards pecans - being as we're both from Oklahoma, and I think pecans are like the state nut tree (state tree is actually the Eastern Redbud, which I had no say so in the selection process, because my vote would have been for Pecan tree. But that's just me, not a bit biased, noooo... hahahahaha! NOT

Even yesterday, we ended up taking a friend from our house to a mutual friend's for their after Thanksgiving dinner and the lady had her cranberry sauce ridiculously sweet (she doesn't like tart!) - she even admitted she put twice as much sugar as recipe called for (*choke*) because that's how her aunt always did it...but at least she had the sense to dump in a LOT of pecans to help stench the sugar bleed and give the body some protein to fight back. WOOAH (I still have tinnitus from all that sugar, yowza - I dumbed a lot of STEVIA in my cranberry salad to a) give it sweet taste and b) not kill us all with the sugar...)... so anyway, you see, pecans are almost life-savers in that way. Almonds too.

So you have an interesting problem, but I would save the pecans and almonds and throw out the junk food you might have like pasty bread products or storeboughten processed anything or bags of white flour etc and just keep the good nuts. But... I may be nuts for saying that - since I have NO clue at all what else is in your kitchen. Shoot, you might have a healthier kitchen than I do, in terms of foods. In which case, throw out the junky clothes that don't quite fit and donate them or whatever, so you save space not having to haul that stuff, and keep the good food!!!

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Hope any of that helps. I need to go wash the crud off my son's suit for church. Later!

Julia


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In an effort use the food we have on hand, and not buy as much, and not move as much (in TWO weeks!!!) im looking for some recipes that will help us use some items. First up are pecans and almonds. I think I can find a use for the pecans, but I have a LOT of almonds. Some are raw, some are sliced, some are slivered, etc. I use them on salads, and we do snack a bit on them, But again, a lot! I also have some pepitos id like to use.

So, toss your favorite/best ideas as ways to use these! Thanks!

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