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Dec 8, 2008 12:08 PM

How best to enjoy fruitcake?

I just got in the mail a fruitcake as a gift.

I am told this fruitcake -- from Gethsemani Farms -- is supposed to be one of the better ones on the market. Perhaps even an artisanal fruitcake, if that terms isn't an oxymoron.

So, this time I'm actually going to eat fruitcake.

What I'd like to know is if there are ways to enhance the experience.

Should I heat it up?

Eat it with ice cream?

Top with whipped cream?

Or is it best served and eaten, straight up?

Do tell. Thanks.

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  1. I like it very thinly sliced at room temp, no adornments. Accompanied by a cup of black tea. I find the warmth of the tea in your mouth brings out all the flavors.

    1. Just as is and at room temperature, or with some heated custard poured on. I've ordered a Trappist fruitcake this year, and am looking forward to its advent!

      1. yeah, you've got a good one. a sliver of good cheddar can be nice, too.

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        1. re: marthasway

          Yes, I agree. I like to eat a slice of rich fruitcake with quite a lot of thinly sliced sharp cheddar and a tangy perfumed sliced apple (Cox's, ideally).

        2. With apologies to Claxton, GA, the best way to enjoy a fruitcake is to re-gift it..:)
          Actually, I am a fan of fruitcake and enjoyed a delicious one from Bien Fait in Greensboro, VT, last holiday season. Room temp, no adornments, but whipped cream sounds good.

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          1. re: Veggo

            I was going to suggest eating it in the closet to avoid all those fruitcake haters that tell you how nasty it is while you are enjoying it.

          2. Assuming it's a really rich dark fruity one, then Wensleydale cheese is by far the best accompaniement.