Nebraska Convent Shares Christmas Baking Tip

by Sister Marie Bernadette on December 22, 2010

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Marie Bernadette Dorn from St. Mary Convent,  West Point, NE, shares a Christmas fruitcake baking tip and her delight of gifting others with bakery.

Franciscan makes Christmas Fruitcake

Franciscan Sister Marie Bernadette Dorn shares her Christmas fruitcake baking tip from St. Mary Convent, West Point, NE.

I love to bake and this time it was fruitcake for the Christmas season. Ten years ago I was missioned at St. Francis Convent, Manitowoc, WI. There I observed someone making the fruitcake and I got in the tasting party.

Many fruitcakes are wrapped in a piece of cheese cloth soaked in brandy. Since so many of the elderly Sisters would not be able to enjoy the brandy, the head baker brushed warm karo syrup on it. Once it dried, a second coat of syrup was applied. Then the fruitcake was stored in a cool place for several weeks til Christmas. We all loved the end results.

So what you see is my first attempt at making fruitcake by myself. I must admit that I added a few extra pecans which makes it taste so good.

But it isn’t Christmas without baking some good cookies like:  kipfles, church windows, andres mint and rice cripies to mention a few. Home made candy is also a necessary item to add to the Christmas spirit such as carmels,peanut butter fudge, colored meringue, divinity, fudge and mounds of raisins, nuts, chow mein noodles covered in chocolate and/or almond bark.

Remember humans don’t live on sweets alone, so several loaves of whole wheat, molasses and honey bread are made for the enjoyment of the Sisters and our visitors. Several variations of the above make for nice plates of gratitude to our benefactors.

Click here for the Franciscanized Candied Fruitcake Recipe.

What are some of your Christmas baking favorites?

5 thoughts on “Nebraska Convent Shares Christmas Baking Tip”

  1. Srosangela says:

    Sister Marie Bernadette, I'm sure the Sisters and others are glad to enjoy all the goodies you make for them. The pictures make my mouth water. You have a real talent. May you and all the Sisters have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year.

  2. Anne Marie Lom says:

    I always think fruit cakes get a bad billing at this time of year. I love fruitcake and have great memories of my mom making it. Thanks for posting such a homey and delightful story!

  3. Sister Lucy Dorn says:

    Sister Marie Bernadette! Your Christmas display of bakery and candies is a mouth-watering delight to behold — although the sight of them doesn't satisfy the “sweet tooth.” GOD BLESS YOU FOR SHARING — AND MAKING OTHER PEOPLE HAPPY WITH YOUR GIFTS!! Your sister, Sister Lucy

  4. Sister Kay says:

    Dear Sister Marie Bernadette: WOW! Another of your great talents showing up in those delectable goodies we see featured here!! I didn't know you could do all this type of thing! You will add Christmas joy to so many people around you!! We're proud of your accomplishments!! Crowd Member, Sister Kay Elmer

  5. srsharon says:

    Sr. Marie Bernadette, it won't be LONG and we will be enjoying all your delicious goodies–and such a variety. Thank YOU for all your efforts and talents! But, first we must give the new BABE born in Bethlehem priority in honoring HIM as we “unite our praise and gratitude to that which the Holy angels gave HIM on that first Christmas night for while all things were in quiet silence and the night was in the midst of her course, your Almighty Word came down from Heaven from your royal throne.” “The Lord is GREAT & exceedingly to be priased!” A holy and Blessed CHRISTMAS to all from our house in Nebraska to yours!

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