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This has now become a two year tradition in our home. The making of the Holiday Fruitcake.

This is not just any fruitcake and nothing like the Jelly fruited, stuff made last year and can keep for eons confection but a masterful blend of dried fruit, nuts, spices and gold rum that makes your mouth water just thinking about it.

I was lucky enough to be given this recipe by a very dear friend whose family made it by the VAT each winter. Last year was my trial, After whipping up this batter that takes the arm strength of a line-backer from the Saints just to get everything incorporated I poured it into the designated 8x8 pan only to realize I had too much batter or not enough pan. The temptation to sit on the sofa with a big spoon and just devourer the batter that wouldn't fit was almost too much to pass up but I made a super large fruitcake.

Now you have to let this sit in your kitchen overnight covered by a clean towel and then bake for 4 hours at 250 F. The aroma is enough to drive even a diabetic crazy. Then you poke holes in the top and pour a mixture of brown sugar that has been dissolved into rum onto, wrap it all up and place it in the back of the fridge for a week.

This year, instead of one, I divided the batter into two loaf pans with the promise that my good friend would get one for her Holiday. I take care pride and I'm honored that she thinks my is worthy enough to stand next to her mothers. Thanks Skwirl.

You know we could go into business making these.

Never tell me you don't like Fruitcake until you've tasted this delight.

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Dec 22 @ 5:47PM  
Amen to that.. if all you've ever had is that crap with the glacee fruit that tastes like waxy plastic and chemicals.. you've never had fruitcake. It's not too sweet, it's not too boozy .. it's not too fruity or nutty.. it's JUST right. I took a bit over to Ed's just a minute ago and he went and got him a big cold glass of milk and sat there and stuffed it down .. moaning all the way.

Dec 22 @ 5:51PM  
Glad to see you two kissed and made up.

I'm glad he liked it. It proves your not partial LOL

Also glad you kind of like it. You eve shared some. Good Girl LOL


Dec 22 @ 5:51PM  
Too bad it would run about a hundred dollars a loaf, and we would have to have security pat down every factory worker trying to smuggle the shit home....

Dec 22 @ 6:12PM  
When I was nine or ten, we went to my grandparents for Thanksgiving. The elders had long been raving about my great aunt Bertha making the BEST fruitcake. It was made from the harvest from their orchard in Marysviille, Ohio. I had never had it before. It had arrived a few days days before. After we finished turkey and all of the turkey and trimmings, it was time for dessert. My mom insisted that my brother and I try it. She knew us, and it, enough to know the result, so she gave us small portions along side slices of homemade pies. "Please try it," she said.

My brother and I relished the homemade chocolate and cherry pie while all of the elders gushed about aunt Bertha's fruitcake. At about the same time (we sat across from one another at the card table) we had eaten everything else and all that was left was fruitcake.

We both took a bite at the same time...Ugh. My mother had been astutely watching us from the corner of her eye in her wisdom. She knew what would happen and just came and took our plates. "Not everyone likes the same thing," she softly said. " You did try it. Would like some more chocolate or cherry pie?" "Yes, ma'am."

Dec 22 @ 6:24PM  
Thanks now I miss grandma's fruitcake

Dec 22 @ 6:50PM  
I actually like a good, fresh Fruitcake. I miss my Grandmother's German version and I have never quite replicated it. Guess I don't have her "touch".

Dec 22 @ 7:06PM  
Never had fruitcake for the very same reason Skwirl explained, but this sounds...ohhhh!

I can haz fruitcaek nao?

Dec 22 @ 7:11PM  
I can haz fruitcaek nao?

Love that...

Yes, for the record, I HATED fruitcake and wouldn't allow it NEAR me....till this recipe...tastes nothing like any other kind I have ever tried before.

And I tried MANY as a kid, the idea was so tempting, but the taste...EWWWWWWW.

Dec 22 @ 8:10PM  
At our house, it is the plum pudding made with brandy or Irish whiskey, whichever is on hand at the time. Got the recipe from my grandfather which has been in the family for the last couple hundred years. Takes forever and you have to watch out for the steam when you are making it, but worth the effort. The trick is after you make it and it cools you soak it in more of whatever alcohol you put in it and keep it out of the reach of children. I also make one with apple cider instead of the alcohol for the kids.

Dec 22 @ 10:26PM  
I've never had it. But what I just read here, that sounded good.

Dec 23 @ 12:45AM  
I LOVE good fruitcake. Is there ane way I could get the recipe? I'll beg, if necessary. PLEEEEEASE!

Dec 23 @ 9:12AM  
This is a wonderful blog. I just put this comment in to float it back to the top of the most recently viewed list. Yeah, I am manipulating the system.

Dec 23 @ 7:52PM  
I've never had good fruitcake before and would like to change that someday....................

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