I’ve mentioned before that I was a fussy eater as a child. It’s true. I didn’t like a lot of things like cheese, eggs, many vegetables, fish (except tuna that I insisted was actually chicken) and rice. The one crazy exception is my grandmother’s fruitcake.
This is a recipe that my father’s mother picked up from a friend. My memories of eating this goes back to before I have memories of other things. I think I ate it at first because my cousins wouldn’t and all the adults did. I got attention for it. It was served at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. My mother carried on making it for my father. Eventually when I was making the holiday meals we cut back on the fruitcake to every few years. This is the first one I’ve made in at least 8 years. I decided it made no sense to hold off until the holiday to make it since The Husband and I are the only ones who eat it now.
It’s one of those recipes that seems like it would be a bother but really it just involves dumping things in the stand mixer one after another. Finally it’s poured into a well greased, again well greased tube pan.
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup of cooled strong coffee with 1 tsp baking soda dissolved in it
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp each ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and mace
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 lb fruitcake mix
Cream brown sugar and butter. Add eggs one at a time mixing well. Add coffee. In a separate bowl sift flour, salt and spices. Add slowly to wet ingredients. Add raisins, walnuts and fruitcake mix. Pour into well greased tube pan. Bake at 350 for about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Mine took about 5 extra minutes.
Again, well greased pan. Mine always sticks in one spot. The fruitcake mix I bought had very finely chopped pieces. It was better than the big chunky pieces I used to get. I also splurged and bought the chopped walnuts. I used to buy the ones in the shell and chop them myself.
Do you have family foods you like that others don’t? What is your holiday food tradition?