‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads …
It’s a good thing these children don’t have a head like mine – those sugar-plums would be rolling all over the floor right now, making a mess and then they’d be grounded for Christmas or find a lump of coal in their stockings.
Now, I’m not really sure what sugar-plums are and while it may appear that I am a bit of an air-head, I would assume that these are some sort of plum-like things with sugar on them? Perhaps there’s someone out there who does know?
I do know that I love baked goods. Except for stuff with anise in it…ugh. Chocolate on the other hand – now that’s something I can wrap my head around. So, some chocolate, toss in some nuts, maybe some fruit and, hmm, sounds a lot like a baked good I remember from when I was just a small Contour head without a body. I’m not sure where it came from, but I can tell you, it’s really good. It’s called, Bishop’s Bread (hey, it’s the title of the recipe – I personally am without any religious affiliations.)
2 cups of flour (the recipe doesn’t call for it – but unbleached flour will work best with the baking powder)
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cups of chopped walnuts
1 cup of maraschino cherries – chopped
⅔ cup of chocolate chips
4 eggs, separated
1 cup of sugar
Combine and sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Combine the fruit, walnuts, chocolate chips and coat with half of the flour mixture.
Beat the yolks until light; gradually add the sugar.
Stir the fruit mixture into the egg mixture; blend well.
Beat egg whites until stiff; fold into the egg and fruit mixture; gently add the remaining flour.
Bake for 1 hour or until tester comes out clean, in a 325 degree oven.
Makes one loaf. A glass or metal loaf pan will work. A ceramic loaf pan will result in a better crust.
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