I’m a little late on this, but I have already admitted that I’ll be baking Christmas cookies for months in an effort to make up for not baking them ever before.
More than one person asked me if I baked a fruitcake this holiday season. In a word, no. The video above, which is absolutely wonderful, will explain why.
Besides, not only do you risk that nobody will eat your fruitcake, but there’s something in the way back of my mind that says in order to make fruitcake, you have to start soaking fruit in liquor months ahead of time. I didn’t start Learning to Bake early enough for that. And I don’t much like liquor-soaked fruit.
I have had fruitcake that I liked. If it doesn’t have those candied green and red things that don’t really look like fruit at all – I’m all for it! Next holiday season, I may make it my mission to make a likeable fruitcake. I think the secret may be to not call it a fruitcake. Maybe I’ll call it an nut-spice cake and not mention of the fruit.By the time the recipient realizes they’re eating fruitcake, it’ll be too late, they’ll already like it! (Yes, I’m on a flight of confidence.)
Anyway, watch the video. It’s worth it. Even if the holidays are long gone in your oven.