In defence of fruitcake | Fruitcake

Pineapple fruitcake

Question: Has everyone who says they hate fruitcake tried it??

People love to hate fruitcake, there is a visceral reaction in most people when you mention it. Virtually anyone you ask will say that they hate it.

I blame Johnny Carson. In the seventies he made a joke the premise of which was that there really was only one fruitcake and people just keep passing it around. It’s been downhill from there.

There are two types of fruitcake – my Mom’s recipe and everything else. We won’t even mention the nasty brown bricks wrapped in cellophane, prepared months before they are to be eaten and shipped all over the globe. Those are nasty.

My Mom’s recipe, that she has been making for roughly 65 years or so (no joke), is a pineapple fruitcake. My whole family loves it. This evening I combined sultana raisins, chopped cherries and citrus peel. I added crushed pineapple, almond extract and vanilla extract. The smell is pure Christmas to me. Boy, is it ever true that scents bring back memories! Tomorrow I’ll combine the rest of the ingredients, add that to the  fruit mixture and bake it for two or three hours.

Try a piece of this super moist and crumbly cake with a piece of aged cheddar and now we’re talking.

Johnny Carson didn’t know a thing!



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