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Monday, December 22, 2014

Pass Along the Fruitcake!

It's tradition to pass along the fruitcake............or is that a myth?

I think I had fruitcake once in my life - so I can say
that I've tasted fruitcake!  So where did all the stories come from:
Auntie Em bakes a fruitckake
gives it to Grandma,
Grandmas passses it along to her daughter,
who passes it along to her best friend,
who passes it along to................
The Traveling Fruitcake

So, does anyone actually eat the fruitcake and
what's so horrible about fruitcake?

My Gram use to say:  A fruitcake has everything in it, 
but the kitchen sink in it!

Here's a recipe I came across:

Great Grandma's Fruitcake

Make 3 or 4 weeks in advance

3 cups maraschino cherries
2 cups chopped dates
2 cups pineapple tidbits
1 cup coconut
2 cups walnut halves
1 cups pecan halves
2-12 oz packages of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Beat the following ingredients on low for 30 seconds, then on
high for 3 minutes:
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup softened butter
2/3 cups creme' de cacao
1/2 cup cocoa powder
9 eggs

1. Pour batter over fruit and nut mixture.  Fold together.  Pour into 2 well greased loaf pans.  
Bake at 275 degrees for 2 1/2 - 3 hours.  
After 2 hours, check with a toothpick every 15 minutes.

2.  When cool, set each loaf on a large piece of plastic and pour a jigger of 
creme de cacao over each of them.  Wrap tightly and
place inside a ziploc bag, keep refrigerated three to four weeks.

I would call that a labor of love............

So, we're passing along the tradition of the
traditional Christmas favorite - or not!

George's Custom Towing
Whiteford, MD