Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Advent Calendar - December 14 - Fruitcake

Today is Fruitcake day at Geneabloggers.com (a group of worldwide genealogist writing about their family history) the prompts or suggested ideas for the month related to the Advent season. This is my sixth (hopefully not last) post using the Advent prompts.
I apologize - I was unable to keep up with the prompts over this past weekend as we were out of town for a family reunion/Christmas party.  Read my post for Sunday, December 12 to hear all about it. 

Our Prompt for today is: Fruitcake 
Did you like fruitcake? Did your family receive fruitcakes? Have you ever re-gifted fruitcake? Have you ever devised creative uses for fruitcake?

Did you like fruitcake?  

No, and I'm a lover of most anything.  Oh, I'll eat it, or a small portion of it, just to keep the maker of it happy.

Did your family receive fruitcakes?  

Mom and Dad use to receive fruitcakes.  Mom use to make them every year also and give them as gifts.  My family never received them...unless mom and dad gave us one...but I would not swear to that.

Have you ever re-gifted fruitcake?  

No, never received one to my knowledge to 're-gift'

Have you ever devised creative uses for fruitcake?

Maybe using it for an odd shaped ball to toss around when all the gifts were unwrapped and while waiting for dinner. 

A couple of Fruitcake Recipes provided to me by my sister (these are ones mom used to make and so has my sister). 

Refrigated Fruitcake
1lb graham crackers, ground up
1lb marshmallow's
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup Brandy
1lb mixed glazed fruit
Melt marshmallows with milk
Add brandy
After melted, add ground up graham crackers, mix well
Add fruit, mix well
Form into 2 loaf pans pressing in
Slice thin and keep refrigerated
2nd Fruitcake Recipe
2lbs pitted dates,
1lb candied cherries
1 lb whole brazil nut meats
1lb halved or broken walnut meats
2 cups all purpose flour, leveled
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
4 eggs
Leave the dates and cherries whole and mix thoroughly with the whole Brazil nuts and walnuts.
Add flour and baking powder and salt into fruit and nut mixture. Stir until fruit and nuts are
well coated.
Beat eggs and add to mixture mixing well with your hands so that fruit and nuts are thoroughly coated.
Line a greased 10 by 6 inch baking pan and press down with your hands so there are no empty spaces.
Bake in a slow oven 300 for 1 hour 15 minutes.

To crack Brazil nuts easily, freeze them with shells on and crack frozen
4 Cups of shelled walnuts = 1lb
3 Cups pitted dates = 1lb
3 Cups Brazil nuts = 1lb

Lets don't forget the REAL reason for the season!

Mary Post Warren
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