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Old 10-21-2013, 01:22 PM   #41
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Oooooooh I love a good home made fruitcake , what could be nicer with a cup of tea ?
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:26 PM   #42
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I've seen episodes of The Great British Bake off, and it's neat to see how much more dried and candied fruits are used in baking. Some day when I I make it to the UK I'm going to eat a lot of sweets!
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:30 PM   #43
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We should have a virtual Christmas cookie recipe swap. I have a recipe for Christmas biscotti with candied fruit. The slices look very festive
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:39 PM   #44
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That's a lovely idea GG how about starting a Chrimbo thread with your recipe ?
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:18 PM   #45
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I understand people consider fruitcake a joke. That's probably because there are some crappy fruitcakes out there. I happen to like fruitcake and have had some good store bought versions. I haven't yet made a fruitcake. I don't even have a recipe.
My mother adored fruitcake. It was her Christmas present from me for years, ordered from Trappist monks.

I used to make fruitcake when I was in high school, eons ago. I put tons of dried fruit and nuts in, and actually had to double or triple the baking time, it was so dense. I'll have to see if I can find the recipe, as I recall, it was from a church cookbook.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:21 PM   #46
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Oooooooh I love a good home made fruitcake , what could be nicer with a cup of tea ?
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:21 PM   #47
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I love a good fruitcake with dried fruit soaked in brandy...none of that candied stuff that is sickly sweet.
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:25 PM   #48
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I am also a big fan of fruitcake, with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese and a cup of tea.

It costs so much to make one these days that I think it is a better value to buy one.

The folks at Collins Street Bakery in Texas do a great job.

If you order once you will get junk mail for the rest of your life, but it's worth it, lol!

https://www.collinstreet.com/pages/o...uxe_fruitcakes
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:39 PM   #49
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I don't think you can walk into the supermarket here and buy suet. When my mother needed it, I worked for a company that owned a chain of supermarkets. I knew most of the store owners, so I went in and asked him for the suet.
You can. You just have to ask for it. I get mine for free only because I went to school with my butcher. But when I can't get to his store, I have gotten it at my supermarket. They charged me like $.10 a pound. I spent less than $1.00 total. I asked the meat manager if they get any other requests for the suet. Only around the holidays. And it is only the Latino folks who ask for it. I was the first non-Latino who had asked for it. In my supermarket, they do have pig skin for sale. I have no idea what you would do with that. It is not salt pork, just the pig skin.
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You can. You just have to ask for it. I get mine for free only because I went to school with my butcher. But when I can't get to his store, I have gotten it at my supermarket. They charged me like $.10 a pound. I spent less than $1.00 total. I asked the meat manager if they get any other requests for the suet. Only around the holidays. And it is only the Latino folks who ask for it. I was the first non-Latino who had asked for it. In my supermarket, they do have pig skin for sale. I have no idea what you would do with that. It is not salt pork, just the pig skin.

I can get loads of pigskin, no suet.

Since the meat started coming to the butcher in large cryovaced packages suet and even a nice fat cap are a thing of the past in my area.

I miss those nice beef cracklings on a roast or a good steak.
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