The Christmas Fruitcake Post

A friend of mine recently read me this recipe over the phone. It reads better aloud, to be honest, but I couldn’t resist posting it here in spirit – Hic! – of the season. I asked for proper attribution, but he said he found it on several Internet sites and in true recipe fashion tweaked it a bit to make it his own. I’ve done the same. After all, most fruitcake tastes alike, right?

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Old Scottish Fruitcake recipe

1 cup water
1 cup of sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups dried fruit
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
lemon juice
1 gallon whiskey

  • Sample the whiskey to check for quality.
  • Take a large bowl.
  • Check the whiskey again to be sure it is of the highest quality.
  • Pour one level cup of whiskey and drink. Repeat.
  • Turn on the electric mixer; beat 1 cup butter in a large, fluffy bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon sugar and beat again.
  • Make sure the whiskey is still OK.
  • Add another cup of something. Turn off the mixer.
  • Break some of the eggs — although I’m not really sure how many — and add to the bowl; then chuck in the cup of dried fruit.  Or was it two cups?
  • Mix on the turner again.
  • If the fruit gets stuck in the beater things, pry it loose with a screwdriver.
  • Sample the whiskey again.
  • Next, sift 2 cups of salt. Or something …Who cares at this point?
  • Check the whiskey.
  • Now sift the lemon juice and strain something.
  • Add one table…ah, tablespoon…of sugar or something…Whatever you can find.
  • Grease the oven and turn it to 350 degrees or 400 or whatever you feel like.
  • Oh — Don’t forget to turn off the beater or whichever appliance you were using.
  • Check the whiskey again carefully….

Now throw the whole bowl of batter away. You might as well go to bed because nobody likes fruitcake anyway!

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2 Responses to The Christmas Fruitcake Post

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  2. Tom says:

    This is an oldie but goodie! Still, it is possible to make good fruitcake. Check out the recipe in Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Desserts. I make it every year and it’s delicious. Not that I wouldn’t drink while making it, though.

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