Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Old Fashioned Fruitcake










I made fruitcake for Christmas
 this year, for the first time. 
A family tradition, 
my Mom made fruitcake each year.
After we moved away, 
if we couldn't make it home for Christmas, 
She would mail one to us





Unfortunately,  My Mom is no longer with us
 and I don't have her recipe.

I searched the net and this recipe 
seem to be the closest to hers. 

I adapted this recipe from
thejoyofbaking.com.
This recipe makes one loaf.




Light Fruitcake










Ingredients:

1/2 cup candied mixed peel
1/2 cup each, red and green cherries, (cut in quarters)
1/3 cup dark raisins, sometimes,  
(I substitute the raisins for apricots finely chopped)
1/2 cup mixed fruit.


Optional
Soak the above fruit overnight,
or up to 2 days, 
at room temperature,
 in 2-3 tablespoons 
of  brandy, cherry,  or rum
for a more favourable cake. 

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup white sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup ground almonds 
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Zest of one small lemon
(I substitute the lemon for an orange)
1/4 cup milk.







Directions
Preheat oven to 300 deg. F
Oil your loaf pan, or
line with parchment paper.


Mix all the fruit together in a bowl.
(If you haven't soaked them in alcohol.)

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, 
ground almonds, baking powder,
 salt and lemon zest.


In another bowl with an electric mixer, 
beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at a time,
 beating well after each addition.
Beat in the extracts.
Add the candied and dried fruit.
Add half of the  flour mixture just until incorporated.
Then add the milk and the remains flour mixture.

Spoon the mixture in the loaf pan, 
decorate the top with cherries or 
sliced almonds, if desired.
Bake 2 hrs. or until a toothpick 
inserted into the centre comes out clean.




Remove from the oven and let cool
 on a wire rack for about 10 minutes
 before removing from the pan.

The cake does benefit from being stored
 a day or two before serving.

The cake can be covered and stored
 about a week at room temperature 
or it can be frozen.













It is delicious!!

Thanks for visiting my blog. xo

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas,
good health and happiness.


This fruitcake has been featured at
Share Your Style Link Party
Thanks Barb.



I also made a dark fruitcake this year.
It is delicious also. Dark, rich and moist.
Packed with dried fruit, candied fruits, nuts, molasses
and spices. 
Click here to view.



It was a rewarding experience
 making these fruitcakes for the first time.
I understand my Mom's "labour of love"
and I'm grateful that she made this a family tradition. 

Thelma xo

4 comments:

A Whole Lotta Magic said...

Looks so good!

Pattie said...

This looks wonderful, and your tea set is so festive and beautiful. Merry Christmas, my friend. May 2020 bring you only the best.

French Ethereal said...

Oh my goodness, Thelma! I am so glad you shared this recipe based on your mother's fruitcake!! Definitely sharing here for our New Year's Share Your Style #237 post this evening. Thank you.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's Eve last evening! Charles and I are down visiting our daughter in Austin and visiting some places while here (movies, eating out).

Happy New Year's hugs to you and yours,
Barb :)

Betsy said...

I am new to your blog. I will definitely use this fruit cake recipe. Looks so good!
My mom used to make such good fruitcakes but I never got her recipe. She is in a nursing home and when I ask her about it, she said she doesn't remember. I wish I had paid more attention when she made hers. Happy 2020