Black Walnut Cake Recipe from Grandma


| 2/23/2016 10:35:00 AM


Erin SheehanIn 2014 we harvested more than 30 pounds of butternuts from neighborhood trees, thinking we’d have some free nuts. The only problem with our plan is that butternuts are notoriously hard to crack and yield only a small meat. With our move and setting up our new homestead last year we never got around to cracking the nuts, but over last weekend we finally made some progress.

Grandpa had black walnuts and he had a special log where he would hit the nuts with a hammer to get them open. Then he and Grandma would sit on the porch and scoop out the meats. After we realized we had butternut trees nearby, Jim bought a supersized nut cracker made especially for butternuts and black walnuts, hoping it would help us with the nuts we had so easily available.

After looking at those nuts in a box for the past year and a half, Jim and I finally used the nutcracker out on the back deck on Saturday. He cracked, I scooped. We opened up about 20 pounds of the nuts. It took two hours and we ended up with 1/2 cup of nuts. Yes, half a cup! It’s truly a labor of love!

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