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How do you feel about fruitcake?

I've never tried fruitcake.
I can't stand fruitcake.
I have regifted fruitcake.
I like fruitcake.
I do everything in my power to reduce the world's supply of fruitcake.

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Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« on: December 22, 2019, 03:16:36 pm »
So the question is, "Fruitcake: love it or hate it?"

Discuss.
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Re: Fruitcake?
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2019, 08:39:45 pm »
Love fruit cake! Dark fruitcake, light fruitcake, Genoa fruitcake, in between dark and light fruitcake, small fruitcake, large fruitcake, patty cake sized fruitcake!

There is nothing like sinking one's fangs into a moist, dark fruitcake that has been curing in just the right amount of alcoholic beverage, accompanied by a sharp, vintage cheese, and beverage of choice. Dark fruitcake for the winter, light fruitcake for the summer!

When I was a kid my paternal grandmother used to make a Christmas fruitcake and send it down to us, and later on an aunt on the other side of the family would send me a pudding and a cake every year. As she got older that just became a cake - she was still making and sending cake until she was into her early nineties!

Reminds me, I must get some fruitcake for Christmas!



 

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Re: Fruitcake?
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2019, 09:00:19 pm »
I don't dislike fruitcake but usually have always something handy to wash it down.
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Re: Fruitcake?
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2019, 11:07:57 pm »
I, as I indicated with my vote, am sworn to do everything in my power to reduce the world's supply of fruitcake by eating it at every opportunity.

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Re: Fruitcake?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2019, 01:38:02 am »
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Re: Fruitcake?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2019, 02:26:13 am »
Dundee Cake or Christmas Cake, even a Christmas pudding style?

Whatever type, as long as there is cake, and fruit!

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Re: Fruitcake?
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2019, 03:10:56 am »
Dundee Cake or Christmas Cake, even a Christmas pudding style?

Whatever type, as long as there is cake, and fruit!

Seasoned/steeped in huge amounts of booze aswell?  ;D

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Re: Fruitcake?
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2019, 05:26:37 am »
Dundee Cake or Christmas Cake, even a Christmas pudding style?

Whatever type, as long as there is cake, and fruit!

Seasoned/steeped in huge amounts of booze aswell?  ;D

Absolutely!! Although the alcohol has mostly gone by the time you eat it!
Dammit, I want some now, and I haven't got any!

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Re: Fruitcake?
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2019, 05:50:32 am »
Dundee Cake or Christmas Cake, even a Christmas pudding style?

Whatever type, as long as there is cake, and fruit!

Seasoned/steeped in huge amounts of booze aswell?  ;D

Absolutely!! Although the alcohol has mostly gone by the time you eat it!
Dammit, I want some now, and I haven't got any!

Janurary is the best time to start to make one & every fortnight inject a couple of oz of good booze, right up til Xmas day (heck you could possibly use small chunks of it as fire lighters).

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Re: Fruitcake?
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2019, 09:40:57 am »
Dundee Cake or Christmas Cake, even a Christmas pudding style?

Whatever type, as long as there is cake, and fruit!

Seasoned/steeped in huge amounts of booze aswell?  ;D

Absolutely!! Although the alcohol has mostly gone by the time you eat it!
Dammit, I want some now, and I haven't got any!

Janurary is the best time to start to make one & every fortnight inject a couple of oz of good booze, right up til Xmas day (heck you could possibly use small chunks of it as fire lighters).

I just had to go out in the heat and smoke and walk across to the IGA and buy a fruit cake, dammit!  ;D

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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2019, 08:31:56 pm »
I had one once that was probably two thirds pecan halves, held together with a little bit of cake, chopped dried dates, and spice; that one was good.

But I've had some that were pretty awful.

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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2019, 08:54:42 pm »
LOVE THEM...!
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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2019, 05:09:34 am »
Mother-in-law’s fruitcake = one tablespoon of the cheapest dried fruit you can find, cook for as many hours as it takes to blacken; this ensures the driest crumb.

My fruitcake = start steeping the fruit in booze in October. Make glacé pineapple and glacé apricots to ensure they are moist and have lots to put in the cake. Stick fruit together with the smallest amount of cake mix as is possible. Bake in tin lined with five layers of paper to ensure it doesn’t burn or dry out.


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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2019, 11:31:48 am »
Mother-in-law’s fruitcake = one tablespoon of the cheapest dried fruit you can find, cook for as many hours as it takes to blacken; this ensures the driest crumb.

My fruitcake = start steeping the fruit in booze in October. Make glacé pineapple and glacé apricots to ensure they are moist and have lots to put in the cake. Stick fruit together with the smallest amount of cake mix as is possible. Bake in tin lined with five layers of paper to ensure it doesn’t burn or dry out.

I'll have some of yours, please, Synistor, hot, with custard and ice cream!!

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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2019, 12:38:52 pm »
I like fruitcake as it comes, hot or cold, no cream or silly nuts, just fruit and cake.

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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2019, 08:47:04 pm »
'Tis my opinion that the temptation to add nuts to fruitcake must be sternly resisted.

But, that's just me. Anyone else agree?

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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2019, 10:16:44 pm »
'Tis my opinion that the temptation to add nuts to fruitcake must be sternly resisted.
But, that's just me. Anyone else agree?
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Agree completely, fruitcake does not need nuts! ;D

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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #17 on: December 25, 2019, 08:00:04 am »
'Tis my opinion that the temptation to add nuts to fruitcake must be sternly resisted.

But, that's just me. Anyone else agree?

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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #18 on: December 25, 2019, 08:46:24 am »
'Tis my opinion that the temptation to add nuts to fruitcake must be sternly resisted.

But, that's just me. Anyone else agree?

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That sounds quite nice - might hunt up the recipe and give it a go when the ambient temperature in my kitchen  is less than that of the oven!

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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2019, 06:23:25 pm »
I now want to try a fruitcake
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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #20 on: December 25, 2019, 09:36:38 pm »
I now want to try a fruitcake

A nice, rich dark, moist fruit cake, (preferably moistened with brandy), sharp cheese and hot beverage of choice - nothing better! Have a go!

Fruit cake has to be moist - if it's too dry, then it has probably been slightly overcooked, or not enough fluid added in the first place.
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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #21 on: December 26, 2019, 02:04:52 pm »
Fruitcake - good, marzipan on fruitcake - good, royal icing on marzipan - good. (Fondant icing on marzipan bad). Tiny model of Santa trick-skiing over top of cake - excellent (he lost one of his ski's sometime in the late 1960s and that was my Mother said every year afterwards - when she said she was going to buy a new Santa the entire family said no - he was part of our Christmas traditions!)
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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #22 on: December 26, 2019, 10:07:53 pm »
Fruitcake - good, marzipan on fruitcake - good, royal icing on marzipan - good. (Fondant icing on marzipan bad). Tiny model of Santa trick-skiing over top of cake - excellent (he lost one of his ski's sometime in the late 1960s and that was my Mother said every year afterwards - when she said she was going to buy a new Santa the entire family said no - he was part of our Christmas traditions!)

Fruitcake - very good, if not excellent, marzipan on fruitcake - never good, icing on fruitcake - nah, not unless it's a special occasion cake, like wedding or birthday.
'They' put marzipan on my 21st birthday cake, despite me asking 'them' not too! I think the stuff is horrible!
It is just my opinion - everyone else is, of course completely and fully entitled to theirs! ;D

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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2019, 07:37:04 pm »
Fruitcake - good, marzipan on fruitcake - good, royal icing on marzipan - good. (Fondant icing on marzipan bad). Tiny model of Santa trick-skiing over top of cake - excellent (he lost one of his ski's sometime in the late 1960s and that was my Mother said every year afterwards - when she said she was going to buy a new Santa the entire family said no - he was part of our Christmas traditions!)

Fruitcake - very good, if not excellent, marzipan on fruitcake - never good, icing on fruitcake - nah, not unless it's a special occasion cake, like wedding or birthday.
'They' put marzipan on my 21st birthday cake, despite me asking 'them' not too! I think the stuff is horrible!
It is just my opinion - everyone else is, of course completely and fully entitled to theirs! ;D


I will selflessly volunteer to take care of any unwanted marzipan ......

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Re: Fruitcake: Good or Evil?
« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2019, 02:28:18 am »
I will gladly send you any and all marzipan that comes my way in the future!