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Evelyn's white fruitcake

meljanbil's picture

I've decided to try Evelyn's white fruitcake recipe.  Mainly because I had most of the ingredients at hand.  Problem is I want to doctor it.  I want a pretty boozy cake.  I've taken 1/2 the raisins and replaced them with dried cranberries.  I also ran short on dried apricot so added enough dried mango to make 1 cup.  Now I am soaking all the fruit (except ginger and pineapple) in rum.  How is this going to effect the cake portion of the recipe?  Will it make it too moist?  Do I need to make some additions?  Should I still add the canned pineapple or omit it due to all the rum moistened fruit?  Also I want to make 1 large fruit cake or maybe 2...I'm not good at math so what size pans should I use.


I do not want to ruin a perfectly good recipe, just booze it up.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #63309, reply #1 of 20)

You can't ruin a fruitcake. 

meljanbil's picture

(post #63309, reply #2 of 20)

I think you are right.  I made it without the pineapple and it seems to have turned out fine.  It's wrapped in rum soaked cheesecloth now.  Will let you know in a month how it turned out.

Syrah's picture

(post #63309, reply #3 of 20)

Why are you so convinced that everyone should agree with you?? Obviously people do like fruitcake... otherwise there wouldn't be recipes around, would there??


"The truth lies in between the first and the fortieth drink" Tori Amos, Concertina


Edited 11/10/2004 10:07 pm ET by Syrah

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

venturedone's picture

(post #63309, reply #4 of 20)

 I LOVE fruitcakes.  Even MeanChef.  :-)

 

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meljanbil's picture

(post #63309, reply #5 of 20)

I'm thinking that the reply was sarcastic and went completely over my head.  Oh well I do love fruitcake when done right.

Syrah's picture

(post #63309, reply #6 of 20)

I suspect it was. I love fruitcake as well. Every year I give half to my FIL because my MIL won't make him any, and I felt sad when I thought he was going to eat the premade yukky ones from the supermarket.

"The truth lies in between the first and the fortieth drink" Tori Amos, Concertina

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

JoanneB17's picture

(post #63309, reply #7 of 20)

Fruitcake is like politics or religion, it seems--it riles us up! I love good fruitcake but there are a lot of imposters out there giving fruitcake a bad name.

leeannr's picture

(post #63309, reply #8 of 20)

I LOVE fruitcake, but you just can't eat the ones from the grocery store...you just can't. blech.

Syrah's picture

(post #63309, reply #9 of 20)

Exactly.. they need a good recipe and lots of fruit and lots of booze for moisture.

"The truth lies in between the first and the fortieth drink" Tori Amos, Concertina

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

ashleyd's picture

(post #63309, reply #10 of 20)

They don't actually need lots of booze, I have had some decent sober ones, but OTOH it never hurts!


“In victory, you deserve <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Champagne, in defeat, you need it.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Syrah's picture

(post #63309, reply #11 of 20)

yes they do, but then I am an Australian... we do like booze.

"The truth lies in between the first and the fortieth drink" Tori Amos, Concertina

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

JoanneB17's picture

(post #63309, reply #12 of 20)

And to Ashley. Now that you two mentioned it, what is it about cricket? We had one of our young British choral scholars over for tea yesterday and he talked for an hour about how wonderful cricket was. He explained the game, jumping up to demonstrate. And he said Australia has beaten the UK since 1982. He says the U.S. should really start playing cricket. I said they would have to change the name first.

ashleyd's picture

(post #63309, reply #13 of 20)

Well I'm not a cricket fan but I think the closest analogy is baseball in that when something is actually happening it can be exciting, like when the pitcher/bowler delivers the ball and the batsman actually hits it and then some running takes place as the fieldsmen/fielders retrieve the ball. After that it degenerates into some level of boredom with cricket being the worst and the longest. To take up to 5 days to play a game and then the result is a draw seems a total waste of time. Admittedly they have tried to improve it, first by one day matches which at least compresses it into a tolerable timespan (each team has a limited number of overs, usually 50 - 300 balls - to bowl in a single innings and the winning team is the one with the highest score). Recently we have been introduced to the joys of speed cricket or twenty20 cricket in which team only has 20 overs (120 balls) to get the other side out (when bowling) or get as many runs as possible (when batting). Aimed to last about  three and a half hours this brings it into a reasonable timescale comparable with an American football or baseball game.


And it was 1987.



“In victory, you deserve <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Champagne, in defeat, you need it.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

JoanneB17's picture

(post #63309, reply #14 of 20)

Ah, 1987. That's not so bad, then!;)


Yes, our friend was saying twenty-twenties is an abbreviated version that would be more suitable. That's still not a name that would go over well in the US, I think. Apparently cricket can be lethal or close to it, so that's always a draw for the gladiator crowd. Our friend said he was knocked cold with a ball once and was out for 5 minutes during which time the teams argued over whether the ball had been caught, since it landed on his fallen body. The decision was yes. (I'm sure I have the terminology wrong, since I only learned a bit about it yesterday.)

Syrah's picture

(post #63309, reply #17 of 20)

And it was 1987.


I hate cricket and even I relish in that!


"The truth lies in between the first and the fortieth drink" Tori Amos, Concertina

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

leeannr's picture

(post #63309, reply #15 of 20)

Totally agree. I'm getting a craving, lol.

evelyn's picture

(post #63309, reply #16 of 20)

I love white fruitcake - not too keen on the dark ones, but I will eat a slice if there's nothing else around.  I once made a humungous batch of fruitcakes and syringed them with good brandy every couple of weeks for a few months...those cakes were really boozy and my father enjoyed thin slices with his evening coffee for over a year!!!

 

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
Syrah's picture

(post #63309, reply #18 of 20)

Mine doesn't have glace cherries (blech), but I do use glace pineapple and apricot, the usual fruits like sultanas prunes dates and Grand Marnier..

"The truth lies in between the first and the fortieth drink" Tori Amos, Concertina

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #63309, reply #19 of 20)

It doesn't count unless you use the hard inedible green things

Syrah's picture

(post #63309, reply #20 of 20)

Of course it does you silly man..


 


"The truth lies in between the first and the fortieth drink" Tori Amos, Concertina

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie