Monday, December 6, 2021

Spirited

On my way home from work today I stopped by the nearest liquor store and picked up a bottle of brandy. Christmas is coming, and I'm making fruitcakes!



I'd already been buying dried fruits to use: cherries, dates, apricots, golden raisins, black raisins, prunes, and pineapple. They're all chopped up now and marinating happily in the whole bottle of booze. These are going to be "spirited" cakes!  The nuts I'm using (almonds, pecans, and walnuts) won't get added until the last minute. After all, nobody wants soggy nuts!

35 comments:

  1. I love all cakes, spirited or otherwise!!!

    Cheers!

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  2. I like the spirits, but fruit cake not so much. I mean, I love all the things in the cake but ... yeah, I'll just have a brandy!!

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    1. But this will be REAL fruitcake with quality dried fruit, not that nasty candied crap!

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  3. I miss my wife making her own cake and mincemeat this year. I always had one demand of her; no nuts, and no green bits of angelica!

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  4. I'd leave a comment, but the word "fruitcake" has left me speechless. I was never here :-)

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  5. I am sure your cake will get everyone who eats it in the right spirit :-)

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  6. A whole bottle of brandy! Goodness - that will be a very happy cake!

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    1. It's a lot of brandy, but then, it's a whole lot of fruit.

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  7. Well, I don’t know if NOBODY wants soggy nuts. But I DO love me some spirited cake (and otherwise). But I especially love fruitcake.

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    1. I wish I could ship you a small loaf of it to try. ☺

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  8. That sounds like a Great British Bake-Off joke!

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    1. I'd love to cut you a slice and pour you a cup of coffee!

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  10. It looks like it will be delicious but I never have liked fruitcake! Maybe I should give it another try!

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    1. As I said to Bob, it's different when you use good quality dried fruit instead of that awful candied crap!

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  11. I used to make my own fruitcakes. I think yours will be amazing!

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    1. Thank you! I hope so! I wanted to get an earlier start to let them "age" longer, but I think a couple of weeks will be adequate.

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  12. I'm not a fan of fruitcake, but I'd eat yours!

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  13. In case you didn't know, I love fruit cake! Used to make them myself, without citron, to give away as Christmas presents.

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  14. Did I detect some subtle innuendo in your last sentence? Perhaps it was the brandy talking!

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  15. I detested fruit cake in my youth but somewhere along the way I grew to love it. Maybe it's the brandy!

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  16. Yay for the holiday spirit in cake form! Although I don't like fruitcake, I do love baking at this time of year. Now if I hadn't had an upstairs toilet leak and currently have my house torn apart...very bad timing indeed. :(

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  20. Good for you!
    I have longed to make a proper fruitcake, or get one.
    I am going to make for Christmas dinner an ersatz Christmas pudding that looks like a sort of fruitcake.

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