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Lurker 12-03-2013 07:13 PM

To Fruitcake, or not to Fruitcake?
I've never made fruitcake before, but I thought I'd try this year. Actually, I'm not sure I've ever had it because it is so maligned.

Do you like fruitcake? Do you have a link to a favorite recipe or vendor you'd like to share? I'm leaning toward the King Arthur Flour golden fruitcake recipe because it's lighter.

wvwoman 12-03-2013 08:17 PM

i've steered clear of them most of my life--but have had a few that have been tasty. i like the ones that have lots of nuts and have dried fruit, like raisins--i don't care for the candied fruit.
i didn't fit any of the poll categories, so i went with the last one!

gryhnd51 12-04-2013 12:04 AM

Growing up in nothern New England, my French Canadian grandmother made some wonderful fruit cake. It had lots of different nuts and raisins, but it was "light" and somewhat refreshing, although you couldn't eat a lot at a time.
My grandmother would serve it with a dollop of freshly made whipped cream. Over the years, I've tried several different kinds of commercial fruitcakes and most of them are disgustingly sweet and cloying. I've come to think that it can only be good if it's homemade and fresh. Unfortunately, the recipe died with my grandmother. Good luck, Lurker

maradnu 12-04-2013 04:42 PM

Never been much of a fruitcake fan. I can eat it, but it is not something I'd choose.

wvwoman 12-04-2013 05:05 PM

and it has SUCH a bad reputation that if you're going to give it as a gift, it'd better be good---and perhaps it should come with a little 'sample' piece to try before opening, so the receiver doesn't just automatically toss it, or re-gift it, untried!

gryhnd51 12-09-2013 12:01 AM

the poll
The "poll" results so far are funny to me....only 25 % say "don't make it EVER" which should mean that more folks LIKE it than HATE it! SOme said they have a favorite recipe, and I hope they share it with you. You're a great imaginative cook, so I just know you'll figure it out. I just hope it gets posted on your site when you're done :-) I've tried out a few of your recipes and they are de-lish!

Lurker 12-10-2013 05:30 PM

Well, I did it. I have three mini loaves cooling, with a larger cake almost ready to take out of the oven. It isn't difficult. I always pictured it as much harder to make. I did pick a light recipe. Maybe I can take it to work and not tell them what it is until after they've eaten some. Mwah, ha, ha...

The recipe will be up on the blog in a few days.

gryhnd51 12-13-2013 01:07 AM

I'm so looking forward to reading your blog, Lurker!!! I might give your recipe a try for the holidays.

wvwoman 12-14-2013 08:10 AM

can you please give us the blog address (again!)? thanks.

Lurker 12-14-2013 05:15 PM

It should be on my user profile, but here:

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