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Recipe for Fruit Cake

Posted on 12/20/2008 4:26:41 PM PST by JoeProBono

It’s the season to be jolly and we bring you the finest fruit cake recipe that will have you licking the last crumbs off the plate


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KEYWORDS: christmas; fruitcake; recipes
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Ingredients

1 cup golden raisins 1 cup currants 1/2 cup sun dried cranberries 1/2 cup sun dried blueberries 1/2 cup sun dried cherries 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped Zest of one lemon, chopped coarsely Zest of one orange, chopped coarsely 1/4 cup candied ginger, chopped 1 cup gold rum 1 cup sugar 5 ounces unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks) 1 cup unfiltered apple juice 4 whole cloves, ground 6 allspice berries, ground 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 eggs 1/4 to 1/2 cup toasted pecans, broken Brandy for basting and/or spritzing

Procedure:

Combine dried fruits, candied ginger and both zests. Add rum and macerate overnight, or microwave for 5 minutes to re-hydrate fruit.

Place fruit and liquid in a non-reactive pot with the sugar, butter, apple juice and spices. Bring mixture to a boil stirring often, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for atleast 15 minutes. (Batter can be completed up to this point, then covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before completing cake.)

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients and sift into fruit mixture. Quickly bring batter together with a large wooden spoon, then stir in eggs one at a time until completely integrated, then fold in nuts. Spoon into a 10-inch non-stick loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Check for doneness by inserting toothpick into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, it's done. If not, bake another 10 minutes, and check again.

Remove cake from oven and place on cooling rack or trivet. Baste or spritz top with brandy and allow to cool completely before turning out from pan.

When cake is completely cooled, seal in a tight sealing, food safe container. Every 2 to 3 days, feel the cake and if dry, spritz with brandy. The cake's flavor will enhance considerably over the next two weeks.

1 posted on 12/20/2008 4:26:41 PM PST by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 12/20/2008 4:28:35 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: All
ask the fruitcake lady
3 posted on 12/20/2008 4:34:57 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: JoeProBono
Buy a fruitcake from Corsicana, Texas. There is a company there that makes them better than most and has been for over a hunnert years.
4 posted on 12/20/2008 4:35:39 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: JoeProBono

One part Rosie O’donut and one part Richard Simmons.

Mix vigorously ((shudder))

Wait nine months.


5 posted on 12/20/2008 4:35:54 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: JoeProBono

macerate overnight?

I don’t think I can do that...


6 posted on 12/20/2008 4:36:02 PM PST by null and void (Hindsight is 2020, foresight is 2012)
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7 posted on 12/20/2008 4:38:30 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: JoeProBono

Some have said if I drink enough of my favorite recipie I act like a fruitcake

glass
crushed ice
scotch


8 posted on 12/20/2008 4:39:07 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: vetvetdoug

Ya beat me to it !! Collin Street Bakery Fruit Cakes are the best !

401 W 7th Ave
Corsicana, TX 75110
(903) 872-4970

But I will try this recipe !.....:o)


9 posted on 12/20/2008 4:40:48 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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10 posted on 12/20/2008 4:41:22 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: vetvetdoug; JoeProBono
Collin Street Bakery
11 posted on 12/20/2008 4:41:31 PM PST by SouthTexas (And a Blessed Christmas to all!)
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12 posted on 12/20/2008 4:42:35 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: JoeProBono

Be sure to have some Spam for dessert!


13 posted on 12/20/2008 4:43:50 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (appeasement is collaboration.)
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14 posted on 12/20/2008 4:44:30 PM PST by Dysart (Don't forget your change, America)
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15 posted on 12/20/2008 4:44:48 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: SouthTexas
I used to date a girl named Cindy from Corsicana that was as nutty as the fruitcakes made there. I don't miss her but do miss the fruitcakes.
16 posted on 12/20/2008 4:44:58 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: JoeProBono

I’m HUNGRY! Sounds delicious.


17 posted on 12/20/2008 4:46:33 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: JoeProBono

It sounds yummy......my friends and I ordered the Jack Daniels fruit cake from Tennessee years ago and the 3 of us ate the whole thing...It consisted of 17 shots of JD and I ended up leaving my inside car light on for 3 days without noticing till finally the battery died....I guess it was a REALLY good cake!!!!!!


18 posted on 12/20/2008 4:47:09 PM PST by geege
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To: JoeProBono

I’ve never understood people’s dislike of fruit cakes.


19 posted on 12/20/2008 4:47:52 PM PST by SouthTexas (And a Blessed Christmas to all!)
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20 posted on 12/20/2008 4:48:25 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: vetvetdoug

LOL, I used to know a blonde named Cindy that was about the same. I better stop now....


21 posted on 12/20/2008 4:49:40 PM PST by SouthTexas (And a Blessed Christmas to all!)
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To: JoeProBono
You must be with these people....


22 posted on 12/20/2008 4:50:10 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: cripplecreek

Wait 36 years and it will be appointed Senator of a northeastern State.


23 posted on 12/20/2008 4:52:19 PM PST by Farmer Dean (168 grains of instant conflict resolution)
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To: anniegetyourgun; Daffynition
"You must be with these people...."


24 posted on 12/20/2008 4:52:37 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: JoeProBono

That looks like Alton Brown’s Free Range Fruitcake. I wanted to try it this year, but the ingredients were too expensive. I’ve got a cheaper fruitcake baking in the oven right now. Smells good, but I doubt it will be as good as yours.


25 posted on 12/20/2008 4:55:13 PM PST by llmc1 ( Merry Christmas!)
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26 posted on 12/20/2008 4:55:20 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: vetvetdoug
Speaking of, Texas Blonde Pecan Cake:


27 posted on 12/20/2008 4:58:37 PM PST by SouthTexas (And a Blessed Christmas to all!)
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28 posted on 12/20/2008 5:06:55 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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For the standard loaded dark fruitcake in a tightly sealed tin, dribbling one tablespoon of dark rum over it every day will not make the cake sodden, but after a month, it will be like crystallized honey inside, with a strong alcohol content.

Traditionally, keep a small bowl of whole cloves next to the fruitcake, so that after a slice, they can suck on a clove to disguise their breath. While there is no great reason for doing so any more, it add a little something to the presentation.

I might add that this is also the time of the year to make German Honey cookies, that are something like fruitcake right out of the oven, but properly need to age for a year or two to reach their full potential. They are the brandy of cookies:

Chopped into small pieces:
3 ounces citron, 3 ounces candied orange peel, 3 ounces candied lemon peel.
Add 1 cup chopped blanched almonds
1 tsp grated lemon rind
3 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp ground cloves
3 1/3 cups confectioner’s sugar
Beat until light and add 6 eggs
Bring to boiling point, then cool until lukewarm, 1 pint honey
Dissolve 1 tbsp soda in 2 tbsp hot water
Add this to the egg mixture with the honey and
1/4 cut orange juice
Stir in:
5 cups bread flour
Let the dough stand for 12 hours or more.
Drop from a spoon, well apart, on greased baking sheets
Bake at 350 until done, about 10 minutes
Ice with 2 cups confectioner’s sugar with 3 tbsp or more boiling water and 1 tsp pure vanilla extract.

The cookies are not particularly pretty, but should be layer stacked in a large tin (like the kind used for popcorn), with waxed paper between layers. They taste far better at 6 months than fresh, are a wonderful Christmas treat after 1 year, and after 2 years are gourmet cookies too good for children. They darken as they age, but do not spoil.

One cook used gourmet black honey (aged over 10 years until it turns black and crystallizes), and prized his honey cookies like fine wine.


29 posted on 12/20/2008 5:10:56 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: JoeProBono

Yum!


30 posted on 12/20/2008 5:24:19 PM PST by Alia
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To: JoeProBono

There are only 3 of these in existence.

Everyone passes them around.


31 posted on 12/20/2008 5:24:26 PM PST by i_dont_chat
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To: JoeProBono

Owww.


32 posted on 12/20/2008 5:29:40 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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2 spoons of Ofraud
and a cup of water.


33 posted on 12/20/2008 5:34:22 PM PST by nxrisetaker
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I swear that’s true—and I get one every year. I stick it in the freezer and bring it out the following year and give it to someone else.


34 posted on 12/20/2008 5:55:33 PM PST by basil (Support the 2nd Amendment--buy another gun today)
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TEQUILA CHRISTMAS COOKIES
1 cup of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 cup of nuts
2 cups of dried fruit
1 bottle of Tequila
Sample the Tequila in a large glass to check quality
Take a large bowl, and check the Tequila again, to be sure it is of the h ighest quality. Pour one level cup and drink.
Turn on the electric mixer, Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again.
At this point, it’s best to make sure the tequila is still ok, so try Another cup.
Turn off the mixerer thingy.
Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
Pick the frigging fruit and damm cup off the floor.
Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, just Pry it loose with a drewscriver.
Sample the tequila to check for tonsisticity.
Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Check the Tequila
Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
Add one table.
Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.
Greash the oven.
Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.
Don’t forget to off beat the turner
Put the bowl through the window, finish off the booze and make sure to p ut the dirty stove in the dishwasher.
CHERRY MISTMAS TO ALL!


35 posted on 12/20/2008 6:00:01 PM PST by neal1960 (This space for rent.)
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To: JoeProBono

We never eat fruitcake because it has rum. And one little bite turns a man to a bum. Can you imagine a sorrier sight than a man eating fruitcake until he gets tight. Away away with rum by gum, rum by gum, rum by gum, away away with rum by gum is the song of the Salvation Army.


36 posted on 12/20/2008 6:07:29 PM PST by Mercat (God doesn't call me to be successful. God calls me to be faithful. Mother Teresa)
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To: JoeProBono

Go to store or internet.

http://www.claxtonfruitcake.com/

Buy a Claxton fruit Cake.

Slice and enjoy.

Why try to make something when you can buy perfection with ease?


37 posted on 12/20/2008 6:07:36 PM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: JoeProBono

Seriously, for our recovering friends, use apple juice in place of the alcohol. It’s just as good.


38 posted on 12/20/2008 6:09:09 PM PST by Mercat (God doesn't call me to be successful. God calls me to be faithful. Mother Teresa)
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To: Conan the Librarian

If it’s not soaked in dark rum, it’s not fruit cake.


39 posted on 12/20/2008 6:10:36 PM PST by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: JoeProBono

Rich Dark Fruitcake Recipe in my family for over 250 years:

4 pounds of mixed dried fruit (raisins, goldens, sultanas, diced prunes, diced mangoes, cherries, candied pineapple, for example)
5 oz brown sugar
5 oz light brown or very fine sugar or turbinado
2 oz ground almonds
6 eggs
11 oz flour
10 oz butter
Brandy
Parchment paper

Spice: 1/2 tspn cinnamon, 1 tspn allspice, 1 tspn nutmeg, 2 ground cloves, 1/4 tsp cardamon, 1/4 tspn salt

Soak the fruit, in enough brandy to make the fruit look damp and in a sealed jug at a minimum overnight and up to three weeks. A little liquid in the bottom of the jug is OK. (The closer you get to 3 weeks of soaking, the better)

Prepare cake by mixing half the sugar and the ground almonds thoroughly with the brandy soaked fruit in large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Cream the butter and the rest of the sugar with a beater. Add the eggs one at a time and blend each thoroughly. Add the spices/salt and blend. Slowly add in the flour and blend well. Batter should be thick.

Fold batter into fruit mixture in large mixing bowl.

Heat oven to 250 degrees. Line deep round cake pan with parchment paper. Place paper cup upside down in center or use pan with center cone. Bread loaf pan will work if that is your only deep pan. Pour batter into parchment paper lined pan. Cook 5 1/2 hours.

Let cool. Feed cake with a drizzle of brandy every 2 weeks until ready to use.

Final touches to cake begin 2 days before serving:

Marzipan
Apricot Jam
Royal Icing

Melt 4 to 6 oz of apricot jam.
Roll out marzipan in circle for top and long 5 inch wide strip for sides.
Coat cake with warm apricot jam. This will act as “glue” for the marzipan.
Let cake sit for day lightly covered.

Prepare Royal Icing. (1 lb confectioners sugar, 3 egg whites, 2 drops glycerine...CVS sells glycerine over the counter). Beat until stiff.

Spread on Icing on cake, decorate and let it cure for 24 hours covered but with a bit of ventilation. (I put a tupperware over it, but use chopsticks to prop it up a bit so some air still gets in.)


40 posted on 12/20/2008 8:39:03 PM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: Poser

Brandy or blackberry cordial works equally well, in my mind, better.


41 posted on 12/20/2008 8:39:48 PM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: TaxRelief

Marzipan is also called Almond Paste.

Is you do not have access to Odense almond paste, you may have to make your own. This is a time-consuming but satisfying process. Marzipan can be made weeks in advance and stored in airtight container for later use.

How to make marzipan:
1 pound sifted icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
1lb ground almonds
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond essence (optional)
1 tsp lemon juice

Prepare almonds for grinding by blanching to remove husks. Let dry on cookie sheets covered in paper towels for 15 minutes or so. Use food processor, coffee grinder, hand grinder or mixer grinder attachment to grind almonds.

Beat egg whites until lightly frothy. Add vanilla, almond essence and lemon juice. In large mixing bowl, blend sugar and almond meal well. Knead in egg white mixture until well blended and consistent in texture. If too sticky after kneading for several minutes, add more confectioner’s sugar.

When rolling marzipan, use confectioners sugar to “flour” board and rolling pin.


42 posted on 12/20/2008 8:55:00 PM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: JoeProBono

Nope. Sorry. The best is my family recipe which has been around for a LOOOONNNNNGGGGGGG time and appeared in the Joy of Cooking. Just leave out the citron and be generous with the brandy when incubating. I don’t know how the Joy of Cooking got it, but the dough is exactly the same.


43 posted on 12/20/2008 9:05:43 PM PST by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue (I choose virtue. Values change too often).)
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To: TaxRelief

Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to try it, but I don’t expect it to last longer than a few days. I love that stuff.


44 posted on 12/20/2008 9:48:12 PM PST by cookiedough
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To: Desdemona

I think there was just a “rule of thumb” for fruit cake that have been used for centuries...

1 pound flour, 1 pound sugar, 1 pound butter, 6 pounds of fruit, and 9 eggs for rich fruit cake. More eggs make the cake lighter. spice as available.

So most recipes are based on that.


45 posted on 12/20/2008 9:50:36 PM PST by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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46 posted on 12/20/2008 10:23:12 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: SouthTexas

Me neither. If you go by all of the anti-fruit cake sentiments that you see in prind media you’d think that NOBODY liked fruitcake.I really like the Claxton fruitcake that you can get in the grocery store. One of these days I will make one myself. I’m trying my first homemade mince pie this year. Hope it turns out well. It takes a lot of ingredients and time.


47 posted on 12/20/2008 10:29:11 PM PST by NellieMae (Here...... common sense,common sense,common sense,where'd ya go... common sense......)
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48 posted on 12/20/2008 10:50:08 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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To: JoeProBono

Manitou Springs, Colorado takes part in the Great Fruitcake Toss.

49 posted on 12/20/2008 10:55:38 PM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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50 posted on 12/20/2008 11:21:15 PM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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