Fruitcake gets a bad rap. There are all kinds of old jokes about it that circulate especially this time of year. Stuff like how there’s only been one fruitcake ever made and it just keeps getting passed from person to person each holiday season getting harder and harder each year.
Then there’s the fruitcakes that we saw at Costco today. Big, brawny fruitcakes that cost $15 each—which really isn’t bad in the world of fruitcake prices. I saw a flyer recently wanting $32.99 for a small, round fruitcake. And that’s the stuff that hasn’t been soaked in enough booze to make it illegal to drive after one slice.
And one of my favorite all time Jimmy Buffet songs is “Fruitcakes”. Yes indeed folks, there is “a little bit of fruitcake in every one of us.”
I’ve been threatening to bake fruitcake for years. So far the last 2 or 3 weeks, Mrs. CB and I have had fun with me trying to get a recipe that makes a good fruitcake, is sufficiently “dense” but not too “dense” and which can meet the “Cheap Bastid” test—except in the case of fruitcake it’s kind of relative.
According to Mrs. CB, “If it’s overly sweet, sits like a brick in your tummy, and it’s clumpy then you’ve done it right.” Continue reading