It’s that time of year again, the fruitcake jokes will be rolling out faster than a tube of wrapping paper. We’ve heard them all, we know the connotation behind the dessert, but did you know that it doesn’t have to be the joke of the holiday season? It’s true, delightful and fantastic fruit cake exists, but there is one catch. You have to make it yourself. Huffington Post recently highlighted their top six fruitcake recipes that meet their qualifications for the ideal tasty treat of the season, and they are all worth taking a look at.
The one that catches most people’s attention is the traditional Holiday Fruitcake. It’s packed with dates, raisins, glazed cherries and walnuts. It is delightful right out of the oven and great a few days later with a little brandy sprinkled on top. It even makes a fantastic gift. To make it you’ll need:
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sour cream
1 cup chopped dates
2 cups raisins
1/2 cup chopped glazed cherries (to shake things up you can substitute dried sweetened cranberries)
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups AP flour (divided into 1/4 cup and 1 3/4 cup)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg (at room temperature)
grated rind of one orange
1 teaspoon of salt
1-2 ounces Brandy (optional)
Start by preheating the oven to 325°. Place two pans of water on the bottom shelf of the oven. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with greased parchment paper. This makes removing the cake from the pan after baking much easier.
Mix the sour cream and baking soda together in a small bowl and set aside.
Combine dates, raisins, cherries and walnuts with 1/4 of the flour, set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar together then add eggs, orange rind, and sour cream mix. Add in the flour and salt till it is well combined then finally add in the fruit/nut mix. Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake in the oven on the upper rack with the two water pans evenly distributed below it, for one and a half to two hours until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
This classic and enjoyable recipe is a great dish to serve this holiday season. It has all the classic flavor and taste of delightful fruitcake and is sure to delight all those who try it this year!