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jroot

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12-03-2009 02:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: recipes fruitcake christmas cake honey

It’s that time of year again, and today I finished making my own original fruitcake, and thought I would share.

Fruitcake ... by J. Root

  • This recipe is made in TWO days, and uses honey rather than white sugar, & margarine rather than butter. – a lengthy process, but well worthy of the effort.
  • Makes 2 loaf pans, but the recipe can easily be doubled for more.
  • can substitute fruit, e.g. dried cranberries or cherries for dates etc. … whatever you have in the kitchen.

Ingredients:
A.
> 1.25 cups of pitted dates
> 1.5 cups light raisins
> 1.5 cups dark raisins
> .75 cups coconut
> .75 cups whole blanched almonds
> .75 cups pecans
> .25 cups of rum, OR brandy OR a light flavoured liqueur

B.
> 9.5 oz of crushed pineapple
> 1 cup honey
> .5 cups strawberry jam OR marmalade

C.
> 2 cups of flour
> .75 tsp baking soda
> 1 tsp cinnamon
> .5 tsp salt
> .25 tsp ground cloves
> .25 tsp allspice

D.
> 1 cup margarine
> 6 eggs

Day 1
1. Mix together ingredients A. (dates, raisins, coconut, almonds, pecans)
2. Stir in the liqueur or brandy
3. Cover and let sit overnight

4. In a saucepan, combine the first two ingredients B. (the pineapple and honey)
5. Bring to a boil and simmer to reduce for about 30 – 40 minutes
6. Add the jam or marmalade
7. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Day 2
1. Preheat oven to 275F, and place a large pan of water on bottom shelf of oven
2. Grease 2 loaf pans; line with parchment paper; re-grease

3. In large bowl, combine together ingredients C. (the flour, soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves, & allspice)
4. Take ½ cup of the mixture and coat the date & nut mixture

5. In large bowl, cream together the margarine ( ingredients D ).
6. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition

7. Alternately, add small amount of liquid and flour mixtures
8. Stir in the date mixture

9. Spoon into prepared pans

10. Bake pans for 1.5 to 2 hours ( time varies depending on the oven, so use a skewer or cake tester to see if it is done)

11. Wrap in clean cotton cloth or cheesecloth which has been soaked in rum, brandy and lightly squeezed out.

12. I often freeze mine to force the moisture throughout the cake, but it certainly is tasty right out of the oven. Sometimes, I just have to test it.
Right out of the oven after 1.75 hours. Let it stand for a half hour.

After cooling for 30 minutes, then remove from pan to finish cooling.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown



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jroot

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12-03-2009 04:50 PM

Does anyone have any suggested variations? Favoured fruit etc. ??

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Radicalfarmergal

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12-03-2009 07:47 PM

jroot, fruit cake is something I never have made so I have no suggestions, but the loaves look absolutely delicious!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Greenthumb

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12-03-2009 10:15 PM

not enough “booze” in it.

fruit cake is similar to booze in that if, .......enough booze, is added to fruit, allowed to sit and ferment,under cool conditions…...........................its cake made in heaven. Even the preacher will ask for seconds and thirds.

if you cheap out on the booze…....................the cake sucks.

Like cheese…...............Christmas Cake it has to age

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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MsDebbieP

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12-04-2009 05:42 AM

ooooooooh fruitcake…..
I’m drooling.

might just have to dig out my Mom’s recipe. Of course, I think I’ve looked at it before and thought “too much work”. :)
Every Christmas (when she made the big meal) we also had Christmas pudding which I believe was just some fruitcake with a hot caramel sauce poured over top.. ooooooooh I’m drooling again…

(no suggestions for variations. This looks yummy)
I wonder what the anise hyssop jelly would taste like in this … with what wee bit of licorice flavour to it lol )

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Greenthumb

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12-04-2009 08:16 AM

I hope you didnt take that the wrong way….............your Christams cake does look yummy

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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sharad

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12-04-2009 09:28 AM

jroot my mouth is watering just at the look of the picture. What will happen when I taste it? Very nice recipe, thanks for posting it at the right time.
Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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jroot

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12-04-2009 03:38 PM

Thanks for your kind comments. I try to keep the booze level low as some of my friends might go “off the wagon”. When it is cooked, the flavour remains but not the harmful effects for some people.

MsDebbieP, I have a completely different recipe for Christas pudding that is to die for, made with potatoes, carrots, and other good things. Maybe I’ll have to dig it out, – just for you. LOL

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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12-04-2009 04:41 PM

yah.. that’s it.
As I was looking up another recipe I saw “Christmas pudding” and saw “carrots” in the ingredients. I think that it must be similar to yours.

(Greenthumb: I chuckled at your comments) :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Orchids77

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12-05-2009 06:34 AM

Yum !!! I can smell that aroma fresh from the oven.

I like the idea of mixing crushed pineapple ,honey and jam… for added moisture.

During my baking days I used to start in October :)

Thanks for sharing.

-- Orchids77

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jroot

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12-05-2009 07:06 AM

I used to start in October too, but as I “mature”, I find that time is going by much faster than it used to.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

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12-05-2009 07:30 AM

jroot, your Christmas cake looks and sounds like it tastes great. I may just be tempted to try it. :-) The biggest problem for me, comes from living alone and eating it all myself. lol
I also used to make carrot pudding for Christmas. My family liked it better than regular suet pudding.
Even though I don’t often make either of these rich desserts anymore, I do make a wide variety of Christmas cookies——-different kinds than those I make at any other time of the year. Soon be time to start those. I aways take a plate of cookies with me when I visit at Christmas.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Bon

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12-05-2009 12:27 PM

Wow they look pretty yummy Jroot.I very seldom bake so I won’t be trying your recipe but is sure does sound good.Lucky for me our local bakery makes a pretty good one.(lol)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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jroot

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12-10-2009 04:23 PM

I tried some today. OMG, it is good. Even my wife, who hates fruitcake, wanted more. It WAS a very good batch.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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mario1360

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12-10-2009 04:31 PM

wow that looks fabulous….

-- south shore montreal, zone 5a, whish it was 9

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MsDebbieP

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12-11-2009 05:20 AM

ok ok ok.. I’ll have to make some!!
I’ll have to wear a mask so the drool doesn’t fall into the bowl lol

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Orchids77

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12-11-2009 06:11 AM

Happy baking Ms Deb

-- Orchids77

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MrsRustic

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03-20-2012 05:23 PM

I found a fruitcake recipe that I made 35 years ago. Took 6 weeks before it was ready to eat. I have GOT to dig that recipe out & make it again. It was so good I can still taste it. If I find the recipe I will post.

-- Nancy K . . . If it's purple . . .

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jroot

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03-20-2012 05:50 PM

I let mine mature for about 6 weeks also.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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