Cookbook raises money to rebuild church destroyed by fire

Cookbook raises money to rebuild church destroyed by fire

In November 2007, Baileyton United Methodist Church in Morristown District was destroyed by fire. Church members decided to create a cookbook to help finance the rebuilding campaign. Touched by the Baileyton story, many people from surrounding churches and beyond contributed recipes, resulting in a 1,200-recipe collection, including two from TV cooking personality Paula Deen.

The cookbook, "Second Century of Hope," is now available for $18 each, plus an additional $5 per book if shipping is necessary. E-mail Myra Moore to order.

Here is one of several recipes contributed by the Baileyton United Methodist Women, paying tribute to late members:

Cream Cheese Topped Pineapple Cake

(In Loving Memory of Frances Jeffers)

2 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained
½ cup chopped pecans
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 9x13 inch baking pan. Beat eggs in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add sugar and continue beating until thick. Stir in flour, pineapple, pecans, baking soda and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until knife inserted into center comes out clean about 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting

2 cups powdered sugar
1 (8-oz.) cream cheese (softened)
½ cup margarine softened
1 tsp. vanilla
Chopped nuts for garnish

Combine powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter and vanilla in large bowl and mix until fluffy. Spread evenly over cooled cake. Sprinkle nuts over cake. Serve cake at room temperature.

Note: Frances and Guy Jeffers were beloved members of Baileyton UMC. For many years, we enjoyed Frances’ singing of “Oh, Holy Night.” She had a magnificent voice! Guy did not sing much but, on occasion, he would play his violin. What a wonderful pair!