I visited my aunt and uncle a few weeks ago on our cross-country ski trip to Charlo. It was a very nice visit and at one point during the visit my aunt offered me a recipe book that had belonged to my great-grandmother Annie. The recipe book was given to my great-grandmother in 1968 by her daughter-in-law, my grandmother Imelda.
I don’t remember my great-grandmother as she passed away while I was still a little girl, but I’ve heard lots of stories about her, especially how she was a great gardener with a large vegetable garden and beautiful rose bushes.
Yesterday I decided to try her recipe called “Gateau a la Tibodo” which is a fruit cocktail cake. Since we’re still trying out a gluten-free diet I substituted the wheat flour in the recipe with a mixture of quinoa, almond, and all-purpose GF flours.
Gateau a la Tibodo (from great-grandmother Annie)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cup flour (to make it gluten-free I used 1/2 cup quinoa flour, 1/2 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose GF flour)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 14 oz. can fruit cocktail (including juice from fruit cocktail)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or more, I used 3/4 cup)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine sugar, flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Mix in egg and fruit cocktail.
- Pour into greased 9-inch square cake pan (or similar size pan).
- Sprinkle brown sugar, then walnuts on top of mixture
- Bake for 45 minutes (top should brown, but not burn).
Do you have a favorite family recipe?