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I went downstairs to pick it up. The brown box had a FedEx label with a return address in Texas. Riding the elevator back upstairs, I held the box with both hands. Though small, it was heavy and solid, as if its contents were indestructible. I shook the package but nothing moved. In my kitchen, I opened the box with a bread knife, and there it was: a decorative tin holding the fruitcake my father had wanted me to taste several years earlier.
I lifted the tin cover and punctured the airtight plastic seal. The fruitcake before me was crowned with candied cherries, caramelized pecans and chunks of pineapple that had been dyed emerald green. I sliced into it, placing a big wedge on a plate. I made a cup of tea, as my father and his mother might have done. I sat down and ate the slice slowly, the only way one can eat fruitcake, really. It was as moist as my father had promised, and not too sweet.
After finishing every speck, I wondered about the fruitcake my father had ordered so long ago. Was it still lapping the heavens? Had it hitched a ride on the rings of Saturn? I had ordered it for myself, of course. The confection of known and mysterious morsels embodied his desire for me to enjoy a simple and not-so-simple piece of cake — and to never go hungry. Use a serrated blade knife when slicing your fruitcake. If your fruitcake is not dry, but still will not cut cleanly, try refrigerating it just before slicing with a sharp knife. Please do not store you fruitcake in the refrigerator as it may cause the sugars to crystalize.
I live in the South, so the red flag that goes up for me when reading about months or even more than a few days of storage at room temperature is MOLD. Does brushing the cake with liquor prevent this? I am using glazed fruits for my fruitcake. I have baked and iced a delicious rich fruit cake for over 30 years now. I would like to try decorating with fruit and nuts this year…my question is do I glaze the fruit and nuts once I have finished the decoration?
Thank you to all you clever bakers xx. I noticed that you did not reply to Joan when she enquired about glazing the fruit and nuts once they re decorated. I would like to know if the nuts stay fresh after decorating the cake, once they re glazed. Thank you very much. Happy baking. Hi… When my boiled fruit is tested with wooden long tooth pick it comes out clean… but they are still very moist… what is too moist…..
Wondering how far in Advance I can icing the cakes that will be cut into small pieces and wrapped individually for each guest. I was planning on using marzipan and the fondant. Click here to cancel reply.
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Pin 15K. Share Yum 3. Additional Tips and Hints for Perfect Fruitcake: Use fresh good quality ingredients — make sure spices are fresh. Place a pan of water on rack or on the oven floor below the baking cake. If cake is browning too fast, place a sheet of foil the top of the cake. Always cool fruitcakes completely in pan and remove when cold. Related Recipes. A chat forum on your problem: Fruitcake problems Reply. Reply Whats Cooking America October 19, Any fruitcake recipe that calls or liquor or fruitjuice can be substituted with blackberry wine.
I know this reply is dated, but perhaps it will help others. Joanna October 30, This might sound silly but which part of the oven do you bake a fruit cake? Reply Linda Stradley October 30, Normally, have your rack adjusted to the middle position. Kathy Gleason November 15, After a few decades of not baking fruit cake, I am all set for this holiday season.
Reply Linda Stradley November 16, Most shaped pans and pans with designs are made to be nonstick.
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Ilovefruitcake February 10, If you want to keep the shape or design of the pan you are using when lining, first grease the pan then line the pan with foil. Audrey Wylie November 23, I am using a very old recipe and have a question. Reply Linda Stradley November 23, I probably would also line this pan to be safe.
Min November 26, Can i use black treacle instead of apple sauce to make the fruitcake more moist? Reply Linda Stradley November 26, Black treacle is an extremely thick, dark, sugar syrup containing cane molasses. Stephenie January 12, Hi!! Reply Mary Ann wiggins November 10, Place a pan of water on bottom rack or floor of oven while cake is baking.
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Silvana Caruana January 25, Why all my fruit goes at the bottom of the cake after baking pls Reply Linda Stradley January 26, Tip: After measuring the flour, but before mixing it into the batter, use the flour to toss with the dried fruit and nuts. Reply Debbie October 17, How can I soften the dried fruit some what making fruit cake for older person.
Reply Julie November 19, Soaking the fruit for a few days or overnight makes it moist. Laura Golden November 25, If you flour your fruits and nuts, they should then not sink into the bottom of your batter. AileenCMM March 13, Hi Linda, I have wrapped my fruit cake in a cheesecloth and I will open it up again next week to put more liquor…should I use new cheesecloth for re-wrapping or could I use the old one that I first used?
I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience…Thank you… Reply Linda Stradley March 13, Just rewrap in the cheesecloth you have been using. Linda P October 28, Hi Linda — could you tell me where to buy the waxy, cardboard collar I see in the picture of your cake? Thank you so much! Reply Whats Cooking America November 20, To store for a long period of time, wrap the cake in brandy or wine-soaked towels, and then wrap in either plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Miz Whip November 8, If I leave my cakes in paper baking pans, what is the best way to: 1 soak with brandy 2 keep them moist for a long time thanks!
Reply Linda Stradley November 8, I have never used these paper baking pans and honestly do not know about them. Here is a link to a forum that discusses using paper loaf pans that might help you: Using Paper Loaf Pans Reply. Bernie November 18, I am from Canada and I usually boil my Fruits do I still need to soak it overnight or for two days.
Please also let me know if I can bake and feed this cake too? As I have never done this before. What does it mean when u say toothpick should be moist Reply Nancy November 23, To test for doneness you want to push a toothpick into the fruitcake and it should still come out with some sticky residue on.
Mary Austin November 26, I would like to buy a fruitcake from you the old fashion kind Reply. Marie December 3, What is the cause for my Fruitcake to crumble when I try to cut it? Reply Linda Stradley December 7, 1 Over cooking the fruitcake can cause this problem. Check out this interesting Sweet Success web page on How To Cut A Fruitcake If your fruitcake is not dry, but still will not cut cleanly, try refrigerating it just before slicing with a sharp knife.
Jackie December 4, with what do i stick my glazed fruit on top of my fruit cake? Terry January 5, I live in the South, so the red flag that goes up for me when reading about months or even more than a few days of storage at room temperature is MOLD. Gina reina Montellanoj March 11, I am using glazed fruits for my fruitcake. Joan September 18, I have baked and iced a delicious rich fruit cake for over 30 years now.
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Thank you to all you clever bakers xx Reply. Carol Pietersen November 21, I noticed that you did not reply to Joan when she enquired about glazing the fruit and nuts once they re decorated. Wendy December 9, Hi… When my boiled fruit is tested with wooden long tooth pick it comes out clean… but they are still very moist… what is too moist….. Thanks Reply. Name required.