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View Poll Results: Is fruitcake part of your Christmas holidays?
Yes, good stuff. It wouldn't be the holidays without some fruitcake. 31 39.24%
It's present at ther holiday gatherings but I wouldn't eat it. 3 3.80%
Who the heck wants to eat all that icky candied fruit. It looks like it has wax fruit in it. 6 7.59%
I can't stand the sight of it, let alone eat any of it. 12 15.19%
Skip the fruitcaker and pass me another beer. 27 34.18%
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:32 AM   #21
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HEY!!! Send the recipe to me please sir. I may decide this is the year to make one myself.
Sure! Maybe I could just post it on the FTF.
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Take all the fruit out and just make it cake, nuts and rum and I could deal with.

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The pricey ones have rum in them, the cheaper ones don't and the taste difference is very obvious.
If you're ever in a store that sells Tortuga rum cake do yourself a favor and buy one. Expensive as hell, but you'll be glad you did.
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I like a good fruitcake! Someone post a good recipe for us to try.
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You know, there was a fruitcake that was passed around the family for a while. It seems like each year the same cake was passed to the next.

When it was my turn to get the dern thing, I marked it without telling anyone.
The following year, Yep, I passed it on.

Ten years later, I got the dern thing back again (and it still had my mark on it).
And it was probably still good. The real ones with rum just get better with age.
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My Grandmother, rest her soul, made them about this time of the year for sale. GAWD they were GOOD! I mean the BEST! Totally unlike the store bought mess of congealed sugar and Red Dye #2. Light batter, tons of fruit and nuts, and 2 shotglasses of rum in each cake (AFTER they baked)

A strict, teetotaling Baptist, she would nevertheless send Dad to the liquor store for 4 quarts of light rum for her fruitcakes. She made a LOT of them!
Don't they take a long time to make. If I remember right, you have to let them sit several days before baking. Maybe I'm mistaken.
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There wasn't an answer that really suited me. I am of the "Meh. Take it or leave it" group. But then I am pretty much that way about most all desserts. My mom used to make a ton of them every year and gave them away as gifts. Her recipe was pretty good too but there are a couple of ingredients that I didn't care for. Can't remember what they are though. C3 is right, fruitcake is not light and airy, it is dense and robust yet it doesn't sit on the bottom of your stomach like a rock. I think I have mom's recipe here somewhere if anybody is interested.
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I think I have mom's recipe here somewhere if anybody is interested.
I would be. A good fruitcake must be 'weighty'. It's not a cakey sort of cake.
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This is why they take so long to make (if you want to make them right).

http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Holiday-Baking-Fruitcakes/Detail.aspx
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Winds, here you go. it's Mom's secret recipe so don't tell her where you got it!

HOLIDAY FRUITCAKE RECIPE.


You'll need the following:

1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
4 large brown eggs
2 cups of dried fruit
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of brown sugar
Lemon juice
1 cup of nuts
1 bottle of whiskey.

Sample the whiskey to check for quality.

Take a large bowl. Check the whiskey again. To be sure it's the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar and beat again.

Make sure the whiskey is still okay. Cry another tup. Turn off the mixer. Beat two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Mix on the tuner. If the fired druit gets stuck in the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewscriver.

Sample the whiskey to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who cares? Check the whiskey. Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever you can find.

Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 degrees. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Throw the bowl out of the window. Check the whiskey again and go to bed.
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a good fruitcake is wonderful. problem is most people have only had the massed produced bastardized version sold in retail stores and not a true fruitcake.

here in East Texas, we have a company called Eilenberger's Bakery that makes ome of the best fruitcakes ever made. they used to sell locally and would be backed up on orders for weeks. they were bought out several years ago by another company and now only sell off their website.
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