For those of us throwing parties this weekend and into Tuesday for America's '16 Presidential Election, this recipe, lifted off the New England Today food page, ought to set your course straight back to hearth and home (after stopping in at your local voting booth!).
Here is what their researchers say about Election Cake:
... turns outs out that we've been eating it for centuries. When our Colonial ancestors arrived here from Europe, they brought with them a fondness for open-air celebrating, whether it was for a successful harvest, barn raising, or wedding. Often included in the fiddling and feasting were enormous fruited, spiced breads or "great cakes." Election Day, which was a springtime tradition back then, was celebrated in kind, not only because it was one of the few times a year when everyone was gathered together, but also because the act of voting was a treasured expression of freedom. And the cake? As Schmidt succinctly summarized: "Election cake is simply a version of the great cake they baked on election day." The recipe was so popular that there's even a recipe for it in the second edition of Amelia Simmons' American Cookery, the country's first cookbook. MORE ON New England Today