Gentle Friends, I reserve Tuesdays for some sort of baking or cooking Post... and today I thought I'd post about my determination to create a Traditional Christmas Cake.....
... as I cast my mind back into my murky past I do not remember ever really enjoying "manufactured" fruit cake (and Christmas cake is basically a fruit cake). I think the part of the cake is not the cake but a specific fruit..... that basically makes me gag.... it is the candied Citron, and you find it in a majority of American fruit cakes. I did however adore my Granny's "fruit cake." She made it once a year and it was a family tradition that passed when she did. Here "fruit cake" was mostly cherries, pecans and whiskey with a little candied lemon and orange peel - without a hint of citron - so I figure if I left out that detestable citron - the cake I make would be safe. I really enjoy a heavy cake, I also enjoy dried fruits, booze, nuts and spicy things so why not try my hand at this cake?
I didn't have a recipe for this cake and so I started looking for one on the web - and find that there seems to be dozens of variations to the recipe out there for these lovely cakes. All different amounts of ingredients and all sorts of fruits.... I've pulled together some of the more interesting recipes and sort of made up my own - and I've be tweaking it to include a wider variety of fruits and nuts - like cranberries, pineapple, pecans and walnuts.
So, with that in mind "Stir-up Sunday " is on the horizon ( 11/22),
That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!