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My Fruitcake Adventure

| 12/13/2013 8:56:00 AM

Country MoonAs Jim rummaged through some of his mother’s mementos, he ran across the fruitcake recipe her mother’s mother’s mother – I think – used to make. He asked, “Do you think we could try and make a batch?”

My first thought was of those pretty little tins with the cakes inside that nobody really likes to eat. But then I was informed that there’s fruitcake and then there’s FRUITCAKE! So, we decided to try a batch.

The first task was to try and decipher the recipe. I didn’t have a clue how much a shot glass of whiskey equaled in cups, and the measurements for dry ingredients were listed in pounds. A conversion chart would help with this challenge, but then I had to actually figure out what some of the ingredients were. Citron and glazed – not candied – fruit had never been a staple in my pantry.

With nearly $100 worth of glazed fruit, dried fruit and nuts, I was ready to start. I proceeded to dump all the fruit, nuts, coconut and jelly together, adding just enough flour so everything wouldn’t stick together in a clump. I graduated to larger mixing bowls three times until I had my extra large mixing bowl brimming with fruit and nuts.

The Fruit and the Batter

Making the batter was actually a cinch although I couldn’t possible see how the small bowl of batter would be enough to mix with all the fruit and nuts. But, after a lot of elbow grease to mix everything, I had 26 little loaf pans sitting on the counter waiting to become little fruitcakes. This was eight pans more than my oven would accommodate, so I baked them in two batches.

3/21/2018 7:37:12 AM

What exactly is "4 large containers" of chopped, glazed fruit mix? Is this in addition to the other chopped, glazed fruits noted earlier in the recipe?

3/21/2018 7:37:06 AM

What exactly is "4 large containers" of chopped, glazed fruit mix? Is this in addition to the other chopped, glazed fruits noted earlier in the recipe?

11/11/2014 7:14:58 AM

I am one those who a good home made fruit cake. My recipe is similar to yours though I use Amaretto instead of the whiskey. Never thought to use whiskey - may try that this year! Thanks for sharing!

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