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Old 11-16-2005, 08:58 PM   #1
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Fruitcake

Does anyone here like fruitcake?

My mother's recipe is so good. It has just enough batter to hold the fruit and nuts together...4 cups of pecans make two full sized loaves. It calls for whole bottles of extracts, mucho butter, and of coarse, all that candied fruit.
I used to make it up in smaller containers, the week before Thanksgiving, wrap ithe loaves in cheesecloth, put in a big cooler, and douse with Apricot Brandy once a week.

My beloved hates fruitcake, (though he's never tasted mine), so I don't fix it anymore. But if anyone wants the recipe...it's a good one.

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Old 11-16-2005, 09:16 PM   #2
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I love fruitcake. My Auntie Sylvia used to be the family's dedicated fruitcake maker - we eat them mostly around Christmas and at weddings, christenings and other special occasions. Poor old Auntie Syl is not doing too well at the moment - I'm going to have to hunt up her recipe and if I can't find it, give her a ring before she completely forgets. I think I'll try my hand at a fruitcake this year.

Please post your recipe, Constance!

My mom and Auntie Syl also douse their fruitcakes with brandy - as well as put an apple in the cake tin, once the cake has been cut.
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:57 PM   #3
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I want to like it. I really really do... but the candied fruit - I just don't care for. I can't help but giggle whenever I hear the name "fruit cake" because of all the jokes like - nutty as a fruitcake, use it as a door stop, a recylced gift, and on and on. Without the fruit, it's okay.
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Old 11-16-2005, 10:58 PM   #4
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I'd like to try making my own fruitcake. I love it.
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Old 11-17-2005, 01:52 AM   #5
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I don't like bought fruitcakes or even the homemade with all the filler stuff in it. My recipe only calls for lots of pecans, candied cherries and pineapple and we love it. I always make it in October so it will be ready for Christmas.
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Old 11-17-2005, 04:06 AM   #6
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I make a traditional British christmas cake which is a dark, rich moist fruitcake, covered with marzipan and then iced. I also make Dundee cake, a Scottish cake which is rich with fruits.
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:23 AM   #7
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I'm with mish, rather spend my time making something good. I have never tasted a good fruit cake. Maybe there is a good one out there someplace.
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Old 11-17-2005, 07:53 AM   #8
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Yep! we like it, it's already made, and now we're in the process of getting it drunk!

(And boy, do we EVER get it drunk!)

We have to card my wife's cousins to make sure they're of legal age before they get any of the fruitcake...

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Old 11-17-2005, 10:06 AM   #9
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Mama's Fruitcake

Here's my mother's recipe:

1 cup sugar
1/2 lb. butter
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups flour.
5 large eggs
1 oz vanilla
1 oz lemon extract
3/4 lb. candied cherries
1 lb. candied pineapple
4 cups pecans.

Mix flour and baking powder with butter. Mix eggs with sugar and extracts. Combine mixtures. Stir in fruit and nuts. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans or 1 bundt pan. Bake at 200 degrees till toothpick comes out clean...about 2 hours for a large cake. Cool, remove from pans, and wrap in clean tea towel soaked in apricot brandy. Store in an airtight container for one month. Open lid and add more brandy once a week. Keep in a cool place.
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Thanks, Constance!
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