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Old 11-11-2019, 10:24 PM
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Lord God I hated fruit cake as a kid.....

Then......

Someone sent the wife and I a really good one, after we had been married about tens years, when we were in our 30's.

Holy Moses it was awesome! Not sure what happens to taste buds from 10 years old to 35... but it happens. And I was able to enjoy baking excellence.

Oddly, I haven't tasted fruit cake in over 10 years. Holidays of 2019, I might have to break the fast!
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I have a recipe in my binder for "Biblical Fruit Cake".

I haven't made it in several years, I should give it another go this coming Christmas season.
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:55 AM
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I have a recipe in my binder for "Biblical Fruit Cake".
Would you share the recipe? I didn't see it listed with the 51 I'll get in the mail today.
Yeah, I've noticed the cost is quite varied and expensive. The lowest price I've found is on Amazon Prime. Claxton's bars, 5ib's for $27.97. It averages out to $5.59 per bar before tax. Still going to try my hand at making my own .
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I posted this recipe last year but I have never tried it.

GRANDMA'S FRUITCAKE

Plump 1 1/2 cup raisins by putting them in a saucepan, covering with water and bringing to a boil; set aside
Cream together: 2 sticks of butter, 6 eggs, 1 3/4 cup sugar
Gradually add: 2 cup flour 2 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp brandy flavoring 1 tsp almond extract 16 oz candied cherries cut in half (prettier if you use half red and half green) 8 oz candied pineapple, Raisins (plumped and drained) 1 lb pecan halves
Grease and pour batter in an angel food cake pan. Place pan on heavy foil in the oven.
Bake at 300 for 1 1/2 hours. Take out of oven and cover cake tightly with foil.
Continue baking 30 more minutes. Turn off your oven and DON'T open the door. Let cake stay in oven until oven cools completely. Grandma says she leaves the cake in there overnight.
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Collins Street Bakery in Cosicana texas has the best fruitcake. They ship everywhere. But really good fruitcake is not cheap.
Iíll second this. Iíve been gifted with one every year for the last 8 Christmasís and love the stuff.
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Collins Street Bakery in Cosicana texas has the best fruitcake. They ship everywhere. But really good fruitcake is not cheap.
I really enjoy the apricot fruit cake. I don't know what their recipe is but it is delicious. All year long they are available, but not cheap.
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:14 PM
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Then there is logan bread. Also another homemade mountain bread i cant remember the name of.
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Would you share the recipe? I didn't see it listed with the 51 I'll get in the mail today.
Certainly, let me dig out my recipe binder, I'll see what I can do.
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I got the book and..WOW!..very descriptive in detail and none are alike, maybe in the call for pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc., but the fruits and instructions are REALLY varied. Most, but not all, have rum, brandy or whiskey in them. That's where it gets complicated . Fruitcake (the real deal) is certainly NOT a simple process. Oh, the book had a few "quickies" in it, but it'll take me hours to make most of them .
Two did have apricots, but it sounds like the Texas bakery might have their own recipe...don't know for sure. "Spiced Rum Fruitcake" is one. "Creole Christmas Fruitcake" is the other.
What I recall most, is the one I deemed the best was made with strong coffee and in a 1lb coffee can. I wondered at the time how she did this, tried a regular cake recipe and sure enough...it flopped . Not sure what I did wrong, but I'll try again sometime. Looking at the recipes in this book, I think I messed up by NOT lining the coffee can with paper and greasing the paper too. Yeah, this is pointed out many times over, but was young then and not now .
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I cannot imagine good fruit cake lasting long in our house . Not even so so, or rather sorry fruit cake .
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Old 11-14-2019, 12:31 AM
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Would you share the recipe? I didn't see it listed with the 51 I'll get in the mail today.
I found the recipe, it supposedly dates back to Colonial America.

BIBLICAL FRUIT CAKE

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Almonds (Genesis 43:11)
  • 1 cup Raisins (I Samuel 30:12)
  • 1 cup Figs (I Samuel 30:12)
  • 2 cups Flour (I Kings 4:22)
  • 3 Eggs, separated (Isaiah 10:14)
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar (Jeremiah 6:20)
  • 1/2 cup Butter (Judges 5:25)
  • 1/2 tsp each: Cinnamon, Mace, Ground Cloves (I Kings 10:10)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (Leviticus 2:13)
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder (Luke 13:21)
  • 1/2 cup Water (Genesis 24:11)
  • 1 tbsp Honey (Proverbs 24:13)


Directions
  • Grease and flour a 9.5" tube pan
  • Chop nuts and fruits finely, flour well with part of the flour
  • Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry
  • In a mixing bowl, blend the butter, sugar, spices and salt
  • Beat egg yolks and add to bowl
  • Sift in baking powder and flour, add the water and honey
  • Stir in the floured nuts and fruit, beat well
  • Fold in egg whites
  • Pour batter into pan, bake at 375F for 50-60 minutes

I made this recipe a couple of times, many years ago, and it's lighter than a typical fruit cake... more like a regular cake. My memory is that is was good, and well-received by others.
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Old 11-14-2019, 11:22 AM
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Got it . If anyone is interested I'll copy the list off the book and share the recipe requested. Otherwise, you might want to buy the book, it's sold on Amazon, $7.63 tax included. There was one other to be had, but that's all and I'm ordering that one later.

Traditional Christmas Fruitcake
Gumdrop F...
French F...
Quick F...
Sugarless F...
Texas Brazil Nut F...
New Orleans F...
Rich Dark F...
Ice Box F...
Holiday Bourbon F...
Crushed Pineapple F...
Traditional British F...
Traditional Scottish Dundee F...
Jamaican F...
White F... (heavy on the pecans 4 cups/8 eggs ).
Spiced Rum F...
Fruitcake Cookies
Whole Wheat F... Cookies
Carrot F...Ring
Cherry F...
Mango & Mixed Fruit Cake
Apple F...
Christmas Wreath Cake
Graham Cracker F...
No Bake F...
Diabetic Unbaked F...
Pressure Cooker F..
Fruitcake Rolls, Bars Squares
Salted Maple Syrup F...
Paleo F...
Texas Brandied F...
Tropical F...
F... Donuts (w/wo glaze)
Caribbean Black F...
German Stollen F...
Grand Marnier F...
Stout F...
Old English F...
Mexican F...
Christmas Chestnut F...
Gingered F...
Creole F...
Chocolate F...
Spiced Dark F...
Jam F...
Golden Glazed F...

Quite a list, but request will be honored...sooner or later .
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Old 11-14-2019, 10:54 PM
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Call me crazy, but I love a big slice of fruitcake and a strong cup of coffee.
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So do I, but not sure which to make first, lol.
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