Tuesday, November 17, 2009


My mother never made fruitcake. Instead she made fruitcake cookies. They were amazing good. I wish I had the recipe but I don't. So, I thought to myself, why not make an actual fruitcake? I know. I know. Fruitcakes have been ridiculed and feared for over a century. But I want to try it. So, I'm reviewing recipes and, I hope, shall have something good to report back here during the 12 days.


Joey said...

Hi, Matt. I have a fruitcake recipe I can give you if you would like it. People who hate regular fruitcake seem to really like this one. I think I got it (40 years ago) from Sunset magazine. Aunt Nettie even uses my recipe. Let me know if you want the recipe. Aunt J

Joey said...

Here's the recipe: "Inexpensive Fruitcake"
1 1/2 cups chopped dates
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups boiling water
5 Tbsp. shortening (Crisco)
Simmer above ingredients for 20 minutes. Cool and add:
3 cups flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. each: cloves, baking soda & salt
Add nuts (I use walnuts)
and candied fruits (I use everything except the citron) Bake @275 for 2 hours.
Good luck with it...I think you'll like it.

Matt said...

Thank you! I am so happy you gave me this.

Mimi said...

My grandmother makes one every year. Thankfully, my oldest loves it.

Matt said...

Aunt, Joann. How long will this fruitcake stay fresh?

Matt said...

I know. Weir punctuation. Let me try again.

Aunt Joann, how long will this fruitcake stay fresh? If I mail it to someone will it arrive fresh enough to eat?