I love my mother (the holy mothertude) but she is not so subtle sometimes when she does things like saying the other day:
“Oh we took the last of your fruit cake out of the freezer from last year. We just love it so much.”
(She totally cracks me up with this so, bum knee and all, I knew I was indeed making fruitcake this year.)
And then my lovely stepfather said something similar in his very adorable, very British way.
So I called my mother back today and said “I decided I will be making fruitcake￼ this year.”
The mothertude replies “I really wasn’t trying to get you to make it￼.”
Now you know you can’t ignore mother requests at Christmas, right? So…I made two today and will make two tomorrow so I don’t have any of that candied fruit to store. Because face it, what else do you use it for except fruitcake?
￼I make white fruitcake. I saw somewhere once and then couldn’t find it again, where it was referred to as “grooms cake”. It’s made with good brandy or whiskey and it actually tastes good.
Normally I like to make my fruitcake more ahead of schedule than I￼ am now, but it will still taste good.
The basis for my fruitcake recipe can be found in a 1959 edition of the Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Cookbook. But I have adjusted the recipe over the years based on personal tastes and recipe research and tweaked it a little.
This year I changed it again and I went back to only using almonds. And I didn’t use figs, I used chopped dates and golden raisins￼. I might change the second batch up a little, I will decide tomorrow￼.
I actually wrote about this a few years ago. (Follow this LINK to yes really…fruitcake.)
I will tell you I had blocked out what a mess your kitchen becomes making fruitcake.
Below is a photo of them going into the oven. I just took them out and they smell GOOOD! Try a white fruitcake…I promise you will like it!
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