Christmas fruitcake

And now for something a little different … Christmas fruitcake. Yes, I know the humble fruitcake is universally reviled in the US, but in England and Canada, it’s a beloved centuries-old tradition—probably because we make it properly. I make mine in November—Thanksgiving weekend, in fact—because they have to cure for at least a month before eating. A few friends encouraged me to post my recipe, so here it is. The original was very traditional, but since I don’t live in a traditional place, I’ve made some changes that only make it yummier.

California Christmas Cake

The night before:

  • 3 cups each dark and golden raisins
  • 1 cup brandy, bourbon, whiskey (I use Jamieson’s), sherry, or clear fruit juice
  • 1 cup coarsely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup milk

Heat raisins in alcohol or juice and soak overnight. Soak coconut in milk overnight in small bowl in fridge.

In the morning:

  • 2 cups chopped dried fruit (peaches, apricots, apples, pears, etc.)
  • 1 8-oz tub glace red cherries
  • 1 8-oz tub citron peel
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Mix all the fruit in a very large bowl and toss with sifted flour.

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp each vanilla and almond extract

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs 2 at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla and almond flavorings.

  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Re-sift the flour with baking powder and salt. Add alternately to the creamed mixture with the coconut and milk mixture. Combine batter thoroughly into fruit. It will be heavy; you may need to use both hands instead of a spoon (in which case, take your rings off).

Preheat oven to 275F and place a pie pan half filled with water on the lowest shelf (a “slow, moist oven”). Line 3 loaf pans with brown paper, then waxed paper. Fill pans with fruit batter and bake for 2 hours. Test for doneness.

Remove from oven and cool in pans. When cool, baste each cake with 3 tbsp whiskey or other liquid. Remove from pans with paper and wrap in zip bags or airtight container. Once a week, baste each cake with 3 tbsp more liquid. Store for one month or more before eating. Keeps up to 4 months in airtight container.


3 thoughts on “Christmas fruitcake”

  1. Cris MirkinCris Mirkin

    Dear Adina

    I have just finished reading your tempted soul book and it gave me peace. I am not Amish, Christian or baptist, in fact I am jewish but your soft tone spoke to me. The quilting aspect also very close to my heart as I am a quilter. I look forward to reading more.

    December 11, 2015
    • m00nshellb00ksm00nshellb00ks

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked it–and I’m glad to meet a fellow quilter!

      December 26, 2015
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