Monday, November 18, 2019

Fruitcake #2: Unbaked Fruitcake

The words "Unbaked Fruitcake", joined together as an adjective/noun pair and used to describe a food item, should strike fear into the hearts and stomachs of even the most festive fruitcake foodie.  Yet, here we are, with a recipe for that very thing, a gateau aux fruits never to see the inside of an oven.

This recipe is clipped from something.  Maybe a Christmas church bulletin or back of a Christmas pageant program?  I have no context other than speculation, and the fact that I grew up in a very small town where a fruitcake recipe on the back of a Christmas program would be quite plausible.

I think the "Store in refrigerator for 1 month" is a guideline for storage and not a prior-to-consumption instruction.  And "Chill at least 2 days before slicing" applies to the fruitcake, not to the chef.  Also, I might append "take a swig of said sherry or brandy as well, mates." to the optional sprinkling directive.

Actually, this look interesting, easy, and could be quite tasty.  Four cups of nuts seems a bit alarming, but c'est la vie.  I think I'll give this one a try this year, probably halving the recipe.  Might be good!  Especially with brandy!  As Santa says, Ho Ho!

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