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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:38 am
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Now is the time that folks start making fruitcakes for Christmas so they can age them with rum or brandy (or down here KY bourbon) for 2-3 months before the holidays. I’ve heard of folks aging them for 5-10 years. Fruitcake is OK – I’m not one of those vehement anti fruitcake people.

 

I’ve never made one – though I am considering it. How do you feel about fruitcake?

(Can you tell I’m already getting excited about Christmas haha?) animated-smileys-christmas-118_gif

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Love fruitcake, all of us sibs do, but we sadly don’t have our mother’s recipe. It was more of thin batter that held the candied fruit, pecans and dates together than a cake. In fact there was no part you’d call cake-like in hers. It was sticky batter, fruit etc then put in buttered paper loaf pan. If anyone has a recipe please let me know! 

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I don’t know if I’ve ever had a fruit cake. I definitely didn’t know they were aged. I thought you just bought them at the store and they were supposed to be plastic-y and dry. I can picture how they taste, but I don’t know if that’s because I’ve had them, or if I’m just assuming based on what I’ve seen. My Dad likes them. They look like those gross recipes you get from the 50s and 60s. Like the crazy jello molds/salads they used to have. They used to put weirdo fruit cubes in everything. 

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I don’t know if I’ve ever had a fruit cake. I definitely didn’t know they were aged. I thought you just bought them at the store and they were supposed to be plastic-y and dry. I can picture how they taste, but I don’t know if that’s because I’ve had them, or if I’m just assuming based on what I’ve seen. My Dad likes them. They look like those gross recipes you get from the 50s and 60s. Like the crazy jello molds/salads they used to have. They used to put weirdo fruit cubes in everything.   

Im glad you said this. A homemade fruitcake is different from a storebought one. The best storebought one Ive had is Collin Street bakery in TX. My dad ordered them for years

Granted I havent had one lately but IF YOU LIKE ALOT OF NUTS ITS A GOOD ONE

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Kumquat said
Love fruitcake, all of us sibs do, but we sadly don’t have our mother’s recipe. It was more of thin batter that held the candied fruit, pecans and dates together than a cake. In fact there was no part you’d call cake-like in hers. It was sticky batter, fruit etc then put in buttered paper loaf pan. If anyone has a recipe please let me know!   

I hate to hear people losing their family recipes. I never used dates in mine. And I always left out the citron which I believe is the dealkiller with most people who say they dont like fruitcake.

We never had a family recipe. I always found a recipe and modified it to my own taste.

Perhaps this is a great opportunity to create a new family one

For instance Im from New England so I would use cranberries.

Going indigenous is fantastic because with people being so mobile because of job opportunities, having a recipe based on place of origin reminds people of where their roots came from… from generation to the following generations no matter where they land.

Something to think about…

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I love fruitcake….but it’s not so good for me. The sugar hit is intense…heartburn! 🙂

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:22 am
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Love that drawing, Jilly!

My Italian uncle, who was a baker and caterer, carried on my grandmother’s fruitcake tradition, baking up dozens the day after Thanksgiving.  Dense rum-soaked cakes filled with walnuts, pecans, raisins, currants, candied fruit, and maraschino cherries.  He stored them in the unheated hallway and soaked them with rum weekly until Christmas.

I loved the rummy cake but always picked out the candied fruit — yuck.  So tried another version as a young wife, one using just Brazil nuts and cherries, found in the huge old 80’s era Good Housekeeping cookbooks which you can still find for sale in thrift shops today.  Very good, but best of all was simply grandmother’s recipe omitting the candied fruit! 

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I’ve made fruitcake.  I get heartburn from citrus peel, so I don’t – didn’t – put any in.  Fruitcake is pretty much idiot-proof… my favorite kind of recipes.

Anyone thinking about making some, a good tip is to put parchment paper (or brown paper, as in, cut up paper grocery bag – yup, I’ve used that, and so did my Mom) inside the pan-s, and then grease the paper. (Any edible grease… Well, except, not bacon grease, unless you want an odd tasting desert.)

I love the big gigantic smooshy raisins.  And currants, mmm.  Happy baking, Jilly!  🙂 

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I am hard-pressed to recall any fruitcake that I could finish one slice. Anything (baked) with raisins in it I do not touch….. I prefer raisins “raw”.

Now if you all will excuse me, I got a slingshot that’s calling out for fruitcake.

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I’ve had some really bad ones, and some really good ones. The good ones were home made. The main difference seemed to be the moistness and freshness of the fruitcake. 

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The great thing about fruitcake is that if it’s home made, and omits anything anyone dislikes, it keeps on being delicios for a long, long time.

My Moon in Virgo son had a variety of food intolerances (aka vomiting if he ate them) when he was young – same as my sister, also Virgo Moon.  Both of them, now, can eat anything, I strongly suspect because the offensive foods were removed from the menu as soon as it was obvious.  I grew up with that idea: any food that causes discomfort is banished, so when my son followed in his aunt’s footsteps, it was simple for me to adapt our menu.

Fruitcake can be a delightful dessert, keeping for special moments,  to dole out in skinny slices and enjoy, if absent of anything that the person eating it dislikes.  🙂

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While I’m not a fan of fruitcake, my husband is. Every time the holidays come around, I have one mission critical:

FIND A CLAXTON FRUITCAKE.

 

He’ll try other fruitcakes….he just won’t finish them. But he’ll gladly finish this.

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I like those too!

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I’m not really a fan of fruitcake, I love rum cake at Christmas though 🙂  When I was in Hawaii over christmas once year, I discovered these: 

Hawaiian Happy Cake

It’s called Happy Cakes, it’s a pineapple, macadamia nuts, & coconut in a sweet cake recipe.
Sure made me happy 🙂
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I don’t like fruitcake.  They never seemed fresh to me and I remember when I was a kid in the ’50s that my Aunts always gave these as gifts.  I thought they were disgusting and confirmed it when I ate a little piece. 

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