I have found that for me it has become an acquired taste--just like my Aunt Dorothy's brew she made in the bath-tub and I was the only one with a sophisticated enough palate to enjoy. Yum! Those were the days. Anyway, back to fruit cake, honestly I have found that I'm craving it.
So while I have taken a few days break from making fruit cake I thought I would still keep your appetites whetted by what my grandma suggested from her book. This should be your map to the fruit cake universe.
Grandma’s Christmas Cake Suggestions
Of Food and Thought, Page 375
*Don’t dry out fruit cake by over baking.
*Remember most fruit cakes are worth their weight in gold so follow directions carefully.
*Don’t skimp on ingredients—if you want to save, just make smaller recipes.
*Cool fruit cake in pan, and be sure it is cold before wrapping.
*Store fruit cake in foil or in air-tight container. Keep in cool place.
*Fruit cakes improve on storing; flavors blend and become more delicious.
*If fruit cakes are wrapped in cloth dipped in fruit juice, be sure the cakes are kept cool so mold does not form.
*Chill fruit cake before slicing, and the slices will be thin and perfect.
*Any of these cakes may be baked as cookies, if a little more flour is added.
*Try serving hot wassail and cheese with thin slices of fruit cake.
*Fruit cake crumbs are good sprinkled over ice cream.
*Fresh-colored gumdrops may be cut thin and take the place of candied fruit in fruit cake cookies.
*For New Year’s Eve garnish large silver platter of fruit cake with real sprays of holly.
I had to bold the information about mold--it is important--mold is bad. No moldy fruitcakes is my motto.
So then I thought--Hey I have some suggestions too:
*If you give fruit cake to anyone over 60 they will love you! It will bring back memories of their childhood and you will have fans!
*Fruit cake is heavy and is great for arm strength.
*Fruit cakes hold doors open really well.
*Fruit cakes seem like they are healthy, but really they are not, don't be fooled. You WILL GAIN weight if you eat too much. (My too tight jeans told me that this week!) And really, don't you want to get fat by eating uncontroversial yummy food like chocolate cake!
*Fruit cake is an expensive hobby.
*Be prepared for ridicule, here are some of the quotes I heard, "I didn't know anyone wanted to make fruit cake anymore." "My husband did not enjoy your fruit cake." I also heard a lot of guffaws and outright laughter when I handed people their heavy little package.
*Do not throw fruit cake--it will go through windows (Ours was caught before it actually hit the window, thank goodness.)
Please add your suggestions for fruit cake. It would be greatly appreciated.