We’ve all heard the fruitcake jokes and many of us have believed them. For many of us, fruitcakes are on par with something as culinarily frightening as the episode where the kids on The Little Rascals came across some Limburger cheese.
In the popular culture, fruitcakes are often depicted as the scary, unwanted Christmas gift you get from the strange lady down the street who knits booties for her goldfish. But done right, a proper fruitcake is a pleasure to eat; a delicious traditional food that expresses the spirit of the holiday…a spirit which is all about preserving the flavor of the season with friends and family.
Below is a fruitcake recipe video which combines the best notes of the traditional fruitcake with some delicious modern twists.
Since this is a preserved fruit cake, ideally you’ll want to make it a couple of weeks before you plan to enjoy it or give it as a gift. This fruitcake recipe can be made with liquor, or for those who wish to avoid using liquor, you can use orange, cranberry, or apple juice instead of bourbon or rum.
As the video points out, despite fruitcake’s bad reputation, in 17th century England, singles used to put a slice of fruitcake under their pillows to help them dream of the person they would marry…a surprisingly romantic history for such an unfairly maligned cake!
Curious where many of the commercial fruitcakes you see come from? Claxton, Georgia, home of the Old Fashion Claxton Fruit Cake Co. and Georgia fruitcake Co. holds that honor.
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