The holidays are filled with memories. Precious ones like a first Christmas for a couple or a child. Thrilling ones such as waking up to see Santa left you THE gift you wanted ever so much. Startling ones like awakening to the sound of a newly decorated tree crashing to the floor. Funny ones of gag gifts passed back and forth among friends and family. Treasured ones of family gathered around the table for a holiday feast. One of my most treasured holiday food memories is of my dad and coconut cake.
My dad would not let the holidays go by without the three C’s; coffee, chocolate-covered cherries, and coconut cake. Well, there may be a few more than three c’s in there. Anyway, he loved coffee. He would go out for more coffee after having it with breakfast. He was a handy man for a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise after he retired. I think it was the job he enjoyed most of all. Every December a box of chocolate-covered cherries would be on the end table next to his recliner. And then there is coconut cake, oh how he loved it so much. Knowing I’ll never again sit with him and share his favorite cake brings tears to my eyes. I miss him so much.
There’s more to the coconut cake story too. I’m sharing it over on my friend Lora’s blog; Cake Duchess. Her post back in September, an Italian cake and grief, sparked a food memories series. I was thrilled when she asked me to contribute to it. To read my story and get the recipe for the cake click here: Coconut Cake
What is your most cherished holiday food memory? I hope you continue to make more and enjoy them for years to come. If you like coconut then also take a look at my golden coconut bars and self-crust coconut pie. There are more coconut recipes coming too. Stay tuned!