Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fruitcake ~ The Spirit of Christmas Treasure Hunt!

Welcome to The Spirit of Christmas Blog to Blog Treasure Hunt!

One of the ‘spirited’ things that my sister and I do for our Christmas celebration is to make our annual batch of fruitcake. Not just any fruitcake – but the one that our grandmother always made.

Nana received the recipe as a wedding present from her first landlady in the apartment where she and my grandfather began their lives together. This recipe has been passed down through generations of fruitcake lovers since about 1860. Back then, treasured family recipes were rarely shared and the secret ingredients were carefully guarded. One of Nana’s secret ingredients was her homemade brandy. She would make her own peach brandy to use in the fruitcake and also to soak the cloth that wrapped the fruitcakes. I told you that this was a ‘spirited’ thing!

The original recipe only listed the number of eggs and the pounds of the other ingredients with not a lot of instruction on how to make the cakes. Nana (when she had decided that she would share the recipe with us!) wrote out the recipe in ‘modern’ measurements and then wrote the directions on how to prepare the fruitcake.

Of course, there are a few things you need to know if you are going to make this fruitcake. One is that you will need the biggest wooden spoon that you can find. The batter is very thick and if you don’t have a hefty spoon, I guarantee that it will break. If you make the 18 egg fruitcake, you will also need a bowl about the size of your kitchen sink. Yep. No kidding! Do NOT try to make this in a bowl that is smaller than that or you will be hunting for a bucket to finish the mixing of all those ingredients. Yes, that is the voice of experience. And, yes, we did find a bucket that was big enough. Mary and I now make two 9 egg batches of fruitcake… not the 18 egg batch.
Well, all this talk of fruitcake has made me want a nibble of it. Tell you what – you go check out all the other blogs on this great Treasure Hunt and I will go and have a little fruitcake. I’ll share the recipe – with instructions! – tomorrow...


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Comment at least once at each of the blogs by December 11, at 12am EST to be eligible to win one or more ACEO's. One winner will be chosen from each blog.

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  1. Wonderful post Kathy, Oh my it is hard to believe I have known you this long as I remember you talking about your fruitcake last Christmas, can't wait until tomorrow to get the recipe.

  2. Wow! An 18 egg fruitcake. Wonder how many goose eggs that would be as my crazy goose is laying eggs in the middle of winter. It's much too cold for her to raise little goslings right now so I have been taking her eggs away from her and using them in baking. Your art is beautiful!

  3. Marlene - Wow! It has been that long =) time flies when you are hanging around with good friends *winks*

    angelandspot - thanks for the compliment on my artwork *big smile* Too funny about your goose laying eggs! roflol! I had a goose, but she never layed in winter. Tehe - I bet 9 goose eggs would make the 18 egg cake =p Drives my sister crazy when I do that, but I am always adding up egg sizes from banties to geese with a peahen thrown in for good measure! lol!

  4. 18 egg fruitcake...bet i could finish that up in an hour. ANyway...cant wait for recipe tomorrow!

  5. Hey, Noble - it is totally good eating!!!

  6. What a great thing to pass on, sounds like many people have enjoyed it!

  7. Indeed, Pam - I don't remember a Christmas without fruitcake being made by one of us somewhere! LOL!

  8. patk - *winks* c'mon there - where is your Spirit of Adventure????

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