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Fruitcake! 
16th-Dec-2007 10:38 am
cooking
I will freely admit that I enjoy SOME types of fruitcake quite a bit. I am attempting to make one today that is solely for my pleasure, with all the ingredients I've always wanted to make one out of. I am loosely basing it on Alton Brown's Free Range Fruitcake recipe. Care for a slice?

Poll #1107010 Fruitcake

What is your general opinion of fruitcakes?

Never tried one
8(33.3%)
Great gag gifts, not to be taken seriously
0(0.0%)
Hideous waste of stuff someone might consider food
1(4.2%)
Met a few that were tolerable, might nibble a piece at a party
10(41.7%)
I rather like them.
3(12.5%)
I am searching for the perfect one which I am sure exists and the hunt is half the fun.
1(4.2%)
GIMMEEE!!! NOW!!!! Must Have!!
1(4.2%)

What do you like in a fruitcake?

Weren't you paying attention? EWWW...Nothing!!
1(4.5%)
Candied Fruit
0(0.0%)
Dried but not candied fruit
0(0.0%)
Booze!
1(4.5%)
Icing
0(0.0%)
Small diced pieces
0(0.0%)
Large chunks of goodies
0(0.0%)
Dark cake
0(0.0%)
Light cake
1(4.5%)
Nuts
0(0.0%)
Ginger
0(0.0%)
Heavy, Rich Spices
0(0.0%)
Cinnamon
0(0.0%)
Molasses
0(0.0%)
Dates
0(0.0%)

Care to share a secret ingredient or hint?

Comments 
16th-Dec-2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
i always try a bite, but i've yet to taste a fruitcake (why oh why does that sound obscene?) that says "yup this is it" to me. i love how they smell, and i love how heavy they feel in my hand. (okay yeah, everything is sounding delightfully obscene today - i'm blaming the snow!)
16th-Dec-2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
generally, i think they're utterly disgusting -- but if there's anyone who can create a delicious fruitcake, it's you!
17th-Dec-2007 01:41 am (UTC)
The "fruitcake" I really like is called a Friendship Cake and I just got the recipe from my mom so I'm trying it this year for the first time. Basically, you pass on the recipe and the "starter" to your friends (which is where the name comes from obviously).

To make it, you use the "starter" liquid (think sourdough bread starter, etc), and add peaches and a lot of sugar and let it sit for 10 days stirring once a day. Then you add chunk pineapple and sugar, and 10 days/stir again. Then maraschino cherries, 10 days, stir. Then you set aside the juice to give away or use as starter, and divide the fruit into 3 equal parts, and make 3 cakes. My mom uses yellow pudding cake from a mix, but I'm going to try to find a homemade recipe this year.

Generally though, I avoid fruitcakes when I see them because they are often very disgusting.
17th-Dec-2007 02:57 am (UTC)
I just made my mom's recipe up this year, it's based on about 3lb of dried fruit that's soaked in 2 bottles of port for as long as you can (I like 3 months, this year only a month and a bit). Then it gets breadcrumbs, lots of eggs and sugar and butter added, and baked in a waterbath in a low oven for 4 hours. It's worth the work, but it's the only fruitcake that I'll eat - it's always been called Christmas pudding.
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