I made fruitcake yesterday. Awright, awright, pipe down, nobody’s going to make you eat any of it. In fact, good luck wrestling any away from us. We all love fruitcake in my family, and I don’t want to hear any cracks about “You are what you eat,” either.
Here’s my recipe, in case you care, adapted from one I got from a fellow Recitopian in World Wide Recipes:
FRUITCAKE BITES (again, no wisecracks)
makes several dozens
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup orange juice with bits in
- 2 Tbs bourbon (at least)
- 3 cups pecan and walnut pieces
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups fruit cake mix, blond raisins (sultanas), chopped dates, other candied fruit
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (better than foil). Measure everything out, nuts in one bowl, fruit mix in another bowl. Stir the bourbon into the fruit mix while you do everything else.
Cream together butter, sugar and eggs. Add the flour, cinnamon and baking soda and mix well. Add the orange juice, bourbon-and-fruit, nuts. With you hands–Wait, go wash them first. Go on, I’ll wait. Let me see them–Okay, with your hands, mix all together. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto baking sheets. Bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes, depending on how big you made the blops.
When they’re done, let them cool on the pan for 10 minutes but, while they’re cooling, sprinkle them with bourbon.
Line an airtight container with paper towels. Sprinkle them liberally with bourbon. Put the cooled cookies into the container. Place more paper towels over them and … Do what, children? … That’s right, douse with bourbon. Cover with cling wrap and put the cover on.
Put that in the fridge and don’t open it for a week. Then check to see if the towels are still damp. If dry, add more bourbon. Cover again and don’t open until the week of Christmas.
This is why I made these so early in the month: they need to steep and age.
WRITING PROMPT: What–or whom–does your main character like which or whom nobody else does?