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There is such a thing as great fruitcake

After reading recent posts I wanted to say that all (or most) of you folks who hate fruitcake have probably never had a good one. For years I made homemade fruitcakes as gifts for my neighbors and co-workers. I used organic fruits from WHole foods- dried pineapple, papaya, mango etc., organic nuts, country hen free range eggs, Kate's homemade butter etc. I soaked the fruits for weeeks in combination of black coffee, grape jelly and good bourbon. Alwys inculded a printout of the ingredients in a fancy font. Everyone loved them. Also made a chocolate almond fruitcake. Try making a homemade fruitcake with organicn ingredients.

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  1. My girlfriend's mom makes a wonderful chocolate fruitcake. I begin my training to eat it around November 15th.

    1. Another vote for delicious fruitcake. It's my grandmother's recipe that I make yearly.

      1. A link to an old post of mine from the Home Cooking board, where recipes are discussed....

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        1. You're my kinda cook! But I make mine with espresso, apricot jam and brandy. It's too bad we can't get together for a Fruitcake Chowdown, but it'd be too fattening. (Plus, all my fruitcakes disappear in a hurry as it is...)

          1. Look up a recipe for a "Black Cake." I believe it's an English version of fruitcake. Made one many years ago. Had to soak the fruit for at least a month. It was very large but very good.

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            1. re: rtmonty

              I 2nd, 3rd, and 4th the "Black Cake" recommendation!

              Laurie Colwin has a good recipe in one of her books, but it might also be online somewhere. I've got one of them from last year still aging in my cupboard, getting its periodic glug of spirits to keep the moisture in and the booziness factor high! :-)

              Those that have received my black cake as gifts have loved them and even decided to give the whole "fruitcake" class another chance.... Yay for black cake...

              I even went through my making process in my blog a while back - enjoy:
              http://tenacity.net/2004/12/gifts-fin...

              Andrea
              in Albuquerque

            2. We get a Deluxe fruitcake from Corsicana Texas every year. I love it!

              1. I completed the Black Cake(s) last Sunday night, 10:30pm EST. The process began late August/early September with the assembling of materials. Dried fruits were ordered. Dark rum purchased. Manishevitz procured in the dead of night. All was minced and mixed and slopped into the special glass holding jar.

                A contact high could be achieved merely by lifting the lid and taking a good whiff.

                The actual baking occurred Sunday, then I wrapped them in foil Monday night. They'll sit for the next few weeks, then I'll slice and send it out.

                I thought about soaking it in rum, which I did last year, but felt like it becomes too much of a good thing when guests pass out from the dessert. So, this year I'll leave well enough alone.

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                1. re: jnday

                  Life as I know it is not worth living: I forgot to start my fruit for black cake and now I'll have to make do with some other (lesser) form of fruitcake. I can think of several family members who won't touch fruitcake but think that blackcake is one of the finest things ever made. And they would be correct.

                2. Had a very rich chocolate fruit cake with cherries & pecans, among other things, that was sent to one of our bosses a few years ago, but didn't make a note of the purveyor. Anyone know who might have these?