Country Cooking with a Granville Flair: Rum Cake

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We have started rehearsals for our 2016 Valentine show, "Love Stories in Mayberry: Rations and Romance."

We have been very successful with our dinner theatre since we started doing the Andy Griffith plays, Andy why not? "The Andy Griffith Show" has not waned from popularity since the first show was televised on Oct. 30, 1960. Even though Mayberry was a fictional small community, it was a place everybody wanted to be from. It was a place where everybody knew their neighbors and was willing to lend a hand when someone was in need.

Granville has been compared to Mayberry, and as I was going to play practice one night, I realized what they said was true. As I turned onto Clover Street, I saw a very idyllic small town with rural simplicity. It was absolutely breathtaking! My chest swelled, and my eyes filled with tears. Because I was from Granville, and I could identify with my favorite TV show.

In one of the episodes, Aunt Bee and Clara Edwards wrote a song titled, "My Hometown." The lyrics are: "My hometown is the greatest place I know. Where the neighbors I find are gentle and kind and the living easy and slow. My hometown is the only place to be. Here the worries are small and the kids grow tall, and strong and healthy and free. It's my hometown, my hometown, Mayberry, Mayberry!" These words are Granville! So for some small-town fun, make your reservations by calling 931-653-4151 for our Valentine show. Event dates are Feb. 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12. We promise you will have a wonderful meal and some great fun!

Rum Cake

½ c. chopped pecans

1 18.5 oz. pkg. yellow cake mix

1 3.75 oz. pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix

½ c. rum (any kind)

½ c. water

½ c. vegetable oil

4 whole eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease bundt pan or tube pan. Sprinkle ½ cup pecans in bottom of pan. Combine rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into pan and bake one hour. Take from oven, leave in pan and while hot pour the rum glaze over and let cool in pan.

Rum Glaze

1 c. sugar

1 stick margarine

¼ c. water

¼ c. rum

Combine all ingredients in sauce pan. Let boil one minute. Then pour over hot rum cake. Let cool in pan.

This recipe was submitted by Anna Pearl Ragland and can be found in the "Historical Recipes of Granville Cookbook." Ann is one of the wonderful cooks of Granville.

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