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Nov 23, 2022 09:08:40   #
samantha90 Loc: Fort Worth,Texas
 
I have a fruitcake which has been in my family for several years. Apparently, my family saves them for the following year and gives them as a gift to someone else. That's how the fruitcake that I gave my mother four years ago finally made its way back into my hands. (Mom gave it to brother, brother gave it to sister, then sister gave it to me).
Since the fruitcake tradition appears to be unstoppable, this year I've decided to replace our family's fruitcake with a more durable one which we will cherish for years.

Items Needed ------------- 4 Oz. Fruit Bits 1 Railroad Tie Wood Saw Large Rubber Mallet Safety Goggles

WEAR YOUR SAFETY GOGGLES. (Children Get help from an adult!)

Cut a one-foot section from the middle of your railroad tie. The resulting block of wood should be the size and shape of a loaf of bread.

Then, take some fruit bits and pound them into the block with your rubber mallet. Spread the colors around, or you might wind up with an ugly fruitcake. Don't be afraid to throw some elbow grease into that mallet! Good fruit bits should be much harder than the railroad tie, so you can't break anything.

For best result, you should pre-treat the fruit bits by setting them on top of your garage for a year (or by microwaving them on HIGH for 30 minutes).

Finally, cover it tightly in plastic wrap, and give your loved ones the time- less and enduring gift of fruitcake!

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Nov 23, 2022 09:12:16   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
About right.......

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Nov 23, 2022 09:21:39   #
markngolf Loc: Bridgewater, NJ
 
I have me three dentist appointments all lined up, Samantha.
Actually, my wife used to make fruitcake and it was delicious.
Mark

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Nov 23, 2022 09:22:47   #
BebuLamar
 
I much rather not giving anything than giving something that is not wanted.

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Nov 23, 2022 09:23:28   #
philo Loc: philo, ca
 
i love fruitcake...but will pass on yours. Costco should have them soon.

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Nov 23, 2022 09:35:22   #
riderxlx Loc: DFW area Texas
 
samantha90 wrote:
I have a fruitcake which has been in my family for several years. Apparently, my family saves them for the following year and gives them as a gift to someone else. That's how the fruitcake that I gave my mother four years ago finally made its way back into my hands. (Mom gave it to brother, brother gave it to sister, then sister gave it to me).
Since the fruitcake tradition appears to be unstoppable, this year I've decided to replace our family's fruitcake with a more durable one which we will cherish for years.

Items Needed ------------- 4 Oz. Fruit Bits 1 Railroad Tie Wood Saw Large Rubber Mallet Safety Goggles

WEAR YOUR SAFETY GOGGLES. (Children Get help from an adult!)

Cut a one-foot section from the middle of your railroad tie. The resulting block of wood should be the size and shape of a loaf of bread.

Then, take some fruit bits and pound them into the block with your rubber mallet. Spread the colors around, or you might wind up with an ugly fruitcake. Don't be afraid to throw some elbow grease into that mallet! Good fruit bits should be much harder than the railroad tie, so you can't break anything.

For best result, you should pre-treat the fruit bits by setting them on top of your garage for a year (or by microwaving them on HIGH for 30 minutes).

Finally, cover it tightly in plastic wrap, and give your loved ones the time- less and enduring gift of fruitcake!
I have a fruitcake which has been in my family for... (show quote)


HaHa, this is cute, thanks.
bruce

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Nov 23, 2022 09:58:59   #
47greyfox Loc: on the edge of the Colorado front range
 
The gift of a lifetime…. 😵‍💫🥴😳

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Nov 23, 2022 10:01:36   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
My father-in-law wrapped a brick one Christmas.
His wife thought it was a fruitcake.
She was disappointed.
He survived.......

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Nov 23, 2022 10:19:24   #
StanMac Loc: Tennessee
 
I don’t know why fruitcake has such a bad rap. It’s a holiday tradition in my family. Mom didn’t bake one, but one of my earliest memories was of my Dad bringing Claxton fruitcakes (a Southern tradition) home during the holiday season. I have continued to buy one of those fruit cake classics when they first hit the shelves in late autumn. A slice of the cake enjoyed with a port or brandy as a evening dessert is a comforting ritual.

Stan

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Nov 23, 2022 10:27:51   #
lamiaceae Loc: San Luis Obispo County, CA
 
Why is it people make and give Fruit cakes when it seems no one wants to eat it. I unfortunately have a couple times many years ago.

Most people like Chocolate Rum Balls for Christmas.

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Nov 23, 2022 10:28:39   #
BebuLamar
 
lamiaceae wrote:
Why is it people make and give Fruit cakes when it seems no one wants to eat it. I unfortunately have a couple times many years ago.

Most people like Chocolate Rum Balls for Christmas.


I actually like it and I don't like Chocolate. But still why give fruit cake when you know the person who receives it doesn't like it.

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Nov 23, 2022 15:08:48   #
charles tabb Loc: Richmond VA.
 
samantha90 wrote:
I have a fruitcake which has been in my family for several years. Apparently, my family saves them for the following year and gives them as a gift to someone else. That's how the fruitcake that I gave my mother four years ago finally made its way back into my hands. (Mom gave it to brother, brother gave it to sister, then sister gave it to me).
Since the fruitcake tradition appears to be unstoppable, this year I've decided to replace our family's fruitcake with a more durable one which we will cherish for years.

Items Needed ------------- 4 Oz. Fruit Bits 1 Railroad Tie Wood Saw Large Rubber Mallet Safety Goggles

WEAR YOUR SAFETY GOGGLES. (Children Get help from an adult!)

Cut a one-foot section from the middle of your railroad tie. The resulting block of wood should be the size and shape of a loaf of bread.

Then, take some fruit bits and pound them into the block with your rubber mallet. Spread the colors around, or you might wind up with an ugly fruitcake. Don't be afraid to throw some elbow grease into that mallet! Good fruit bits should be much harder than the railroad tie, so you can't break anything.

For best result, you should pre-treat the fruit bits by setting them on top of your garage for a year (or by microwaving them on HIGH for 30 minutes).

Finally, cover it tightly in plastic wrap, and give your loved ones the time- less and enduring gift of fruitcake!
I have a fruitcake which has been in my family for... (show quote)



Back when I was a young boy there was a lady in my neighborhood that had a bakery in her basement. She made Fruit cakes every year that were so good that a large department store started buying them to sell. They got so popular that she even had orders from other countries. My Mom bought one every X-Mas and would send me over each year to pick up the families order. Her fruitcake was called "Mrs. Bagby's Fruitcakes" and after a few Christmases she would give me one small one to go with mom's order. That was the best fruitcake I have have ever had.

Charles Richmond VA.

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Nov 23, 2022 15:54:32   #
dancers Loc: melbourne.victoria, australia
 
no way would I give away fruit cake.the food of the gods.

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Nov 23, 2022 17:11:34   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Way too close to New York City
 
My mother used to make fruit cake. Being addicted to sugar, I would eat it but I never really liked it. Once I got older I identified the noxious part as the candied citron. The pineapple and cherry was just fine. So I took a half dozen fruitcake recipes, substituted cherry pineapple mix for the generic "fruit mix" and averaged the recipes and made a batch. I thought it was pretty reasonable, so I started wrapping the fruitcake in cheesecloth and soaking the cloth with brandy. I preferred brandy to rum (by experiment). That worked fairly well but the brandy took forever to get distributed through the fruitcake. So I got a spinal tap needle and a 50cc syringe and used that to place the brandy into the fruitcake more evenly. The spinal tap needle was important because (1) it was about 2" long so it would get well into the fruitcake; (2) it came with a rod that fit into the needle. That kept the fruit or the cake from clogging the needle. So you would insert the needle, then attach the syringe full of brandy and inoculate the cake. That worked great, and with enough brandy the cake was delicious enough that several people asked for more and I could even donate a few of them to the Senior Citizens' bake sale, where they didn't last long.

The other thing I used to make for the Senior Citizens' bake sale was sticky buns. Lots of sugar sticky topping. Did I mention I'm addicted to sugar?

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Nov 24, 2022 05:50:35   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Ah, the poor fruitcake gets no respect. My family has handed down not a fruitcake, but a fruitcake recipe. It's delicious. I could eat the whole thing myself in a day.

Walnuts optional, depending on allergies.

FRUIT CAKE

1 cup raisins; ½ tsp cloves
1 ½ cup water; ½ tsp Allspice
1 ½ cup sugar; 1 tsp baking powder
1/4 pound butter; 1 tsp baking soda
2 cups sifted flour; 1 cup walnuts
½ tsp salt; ½ cup citron
1 tsp cinnamon; 2 eggs


1. Wash raisins and cook with water and sugar for five minutes. Add butter and set aside to cool.
2. Next, sift flour, salt, spices, baking powder and baking soda into a large bowl.
3. Turn oven on to 325.
4. Add nuts and citron to dry ingredients.
5. Beat eggs until very light & fluffy. Stir into raisin mixture. Add to dry ingredients.
6. Beat or stir thoroughly until all ingredients are blended.
7. Spray 8" Bundt pan with vegetable spray and pour in the batter.
8. Bake @ 325 degrees for 1 ½ hours.

30 minute prep time

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