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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
...because there are 11 fruitcakes sitting on my stove.

I have this sudden need to channel The Count. "1. 1 Fruitcake. 2. 2 Fruitcakes. 3....."

In two weeks, they'll be ready to eat.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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acelightning From: acelightning Date: December 9th, 2006 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)
two weeks? my mother used to start soaking her mixed candied/dried fruits in liquor in March... then she baked the fruitcakes usually in October - you could get a buzz from the fumes while they were baking. she kept them wrapped in brandy-and-rum-soaked cheesecloth (and wrapped airtight over that) until about now, two weeks before Xmas, when she'd glaze them with syrup (with more booze in it) and decorate them with more candied fruits - pineapple-ring "wreaths" with angelica "holly leaves" and maraschino-cherry "ornaments", or maybe a mosaic of pecans and blanched almonds, all finished off with a few more coats of glaze. and i remember one time when she had some fruit soaking for three years before she made fruitcake with it. everybody said it was the best fruitcake they'd ever tasted.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: December 9th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am not that dedicated. The fruit gets a week to soak in the rum, then they get baked, and they get brushed with brandy every other day for the next two weeks, then they get given away. I usually tell people to let them sit another 2 weeks before eating. I had one get lost in the fridge one time for six months, and honestly it wasn't appreciably better then it was a month after it was made. So, a month it is. :)
acelightning From: acelightning Date: December 9th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
my mother didn't drink at all, and she didn't even like fruitcake. but i think it works just as well if the cook soaks in rum for a week ;-)

greeneyedsadie From: greeneyedsadie Date: December 9th, 2006 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)

driftingfocus From: driftingfocus Date: December 9th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Why so much?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: December 10th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Is it possible for there to be such a thing as too much fruitcake?
From: respice Date: December 11th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ready to eat ≠ edible.


And yes, we've had this discussion before.
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