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Old 11-24-2008, 07:29 AM
 
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I made my annual holiday fruitcake yesterday and I wanted to pass along a recipe note for those of you who are thinking of making some this year.

Last year, I tried Alton Brown's Freerange Fruitcake for the first time. It is simply wonderful! Its a fruitcake for those who don't normally like fruitcake. Its got none of the neon candied fruit in it. Instead, its full of things like raisins, apricots, dried cherries, dried blueberries, currants, pecans, apple juice and rum. Its not cheap but it is worth every penny.

I made 4 small loaf pans from one recipe and I will be bringing some to my Thanksgiving host.

Just curious if any of you have made this recipe and what you think of it.

Time for a sliver of fruitcake and a cup of tea!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I love fruitcake. It has to be really, really bad to turn me off, but the fewer candied fruits the better. Either that, or the more rum the better.
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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FlightAttendant, thanks so much for that great looking recipe! yum!!

I've been promising my better half for years now, that one day .. I'm going to make him a really good one, lol.

Used to bake for a living and can still smell that nauseating smell of Xmas cakes baking. We used fresh apples, dried apricots, raisins, currants, orange and lemon peel, etc .. topping it with orange brandy.

It was quite good, but the one you posted looks fantastic! So my guy may just get one yet, thanks to you!

Happy Thanksgiving to you also!
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Fruita, CO
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I made my annual holiday fruitcake yesterday and I wanted to pass along a recipe note for those of you who are thinking of making some this year.

Last year, I tried Alton Brown's Freerange Fruitcake for the first time. It is simply wonderful! Its a fruitcake for those who don't normally like fruitcake. Its got none of the neon candied fruit in it. Instead, its full of things like raisins, apricots, dried cherries, dried blueberries, currants, pecans, apple juice and rum. Its not cheap but it is worth every penny.

I made 4 small loaf pans from one recipe and I will be bringing some to my Thanksgiving host.

Just curious if any of you have made this recipe and what you think of it.

Time for a sliver of fruitcake and a cup of tea!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
That sounds heavenly! I'd love a slice, just a little teeny slice!
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:38 AM
 
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yummieee! i just like fruit cakes. its one of my favorite at the time of dessert after dinner. but it needs lots of cycling to loose calories. anyways its yummii!!
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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Sounds delish!! I was going to make a fruitcake for Dad this year instead of buying one - and the blueberries sound great!
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:55 AM
 
Location: NH. NY. SC. next move, my ground condo
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i heard that fruitcake is good to seal up those drafty spots around windows and doors....lol
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:27 PM
 
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That sounds really good. I wished I trusted my baking skills a little more, but I'm afraid to attempt to bake anything when pricey ingredients are involved. I was going to try to make Ina Garten's gingerbread as shown on TV the other night. When I saw that a jar of crystallized ginger was $8 alone, I quickly abandoned that idea!
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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Default More than one fruitcake

Thought you would enjoy this story, considering the time of year. It is from the current Darwin Awards newsletter. This is one of those where they say "The stupidity displayed by the participants in the following tales stops short of the ultimate Darwin Awards sacrifice. Nevertheless, we salute the spirit and innovation of their misadventures."

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Reading 'My Father, The PhD; reminded me of my own father, and in particular, one little incident that came to be known in the family as "The Great Fruitcake Incident."

I love cooking. Every year I bake a few fruitcakes for family and neighbors. I mix in various alcohols, so people actually EAT my fruitcakes. Now, I've been known to experiment with various types of alcohol. In 2005 I was suffering from a shortage of Jack Daniels whiskey, so I searched the kitchen and settled on a bottle of tequila. After mixing a measure of the Mexican liquor into the batter, I poured it and slid the pan home.

Alcohol burns, so when you bake a fruitcake you use a low temperature. Set the oven no higher than 250 degrees so your cakes don't catch on fire--never a good thing, and besides, it's hard to explain why the top of the cake is charred.

As I slid the pan in, my father came into the room. He also loved cooking, and he was darn good at it. Poking around, he started making suggestions. I remember seeing him look at my oven, look back at me, and laugh, "You'll never get it done like THAT." He reached over and turned the heat up to 350...

Remembering my previous flambe, I sighed and reached toward the stove. I started to say, "Dad, you have to cook it that low, alcohol..." But all I had uttered was, "Dad..." when my hand touched the knob. There was this loud WHOMP! The oven door blew open and a sheet of blue flame shot straight up out of it, burning ALL the hair off my arm--which never grew back!

I stood there dazed, the smell of fruitcake and burnt hair filling he air, my dad with a look of utter shock on his face... Before heading to the ER, which he was nice enough to take me to to, I managed to finish my sentence. "Alcohol burns."

And YOU try explaining to the ER that your fruitcake exploded...
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Default Fruitcake, Tell the Truth

The last 20 years or so, I've heard so many fruitcake jokes I can't believe it. I grew up eating it & most people in our town in eastern NC liked it. People gave it as gifts and we all ate it. I know a lot of people must still eat it or Claxton would have gone bankrupt years ago.

How many like me are out there? Do you joke about it in public and eat it in secret? Do you really dislike it? Have you ever tried it?
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