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Becoming a fruitcake master

Fruit Cake

Here is how to become a fruitcake master:  The Ingredients:

3 cups of flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

½ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp ground allspice

½ tsp ground nutmeg

1 ¾ cup of brown sugar dark or light, dark is better

4 eggs

1 ¾ cup of melted butter

1 cup of orange juice, I like high pulp Florida orange juice

16 oz of chopped mixed candies

8 oz of chopped dates

15 oz of raisins (I like to use 8 oz of dark raisins and 8 oz of golden raisins)

4 oz of red cherries

4 oz of green cherries

¼ cup of candied pineapple

2 cups of chopped nuts, I use ½ cup walnuts, ½ cup of slivered almonds, ½ cup pecans, ½ cup macadamias (this is where you become a fruitcake master, vary the nuts to your liking but always use 2 cups)

Crisco

Strips of brown paper, cheesecloth and Lots of alcohol

Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees

Pick out enough good, unbroken nuts to use for making identifying designs, save these for later (this is another step that makes you a fruitcake master)

If the candies and nuts are not chopped, use a food processor to chop them (not the ones you will be using for designs) (this is another step that will make you a fruitcake master and set your cakes apart from the rest)

Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and spices with a whisk until thoroughly combined

With a mixer and whisk, whisk the eggs until frothy, then start adding the sugar, a little at a time, then add the butter and orange juice

Pour the candies and nuts into a large bowl, a very large bowl, if you don’t have one, get one. (all fruitcake masters have very large bowls for mixing ingredients)

Pour the flour mixture over the nuts and stir until evenly coated

Pour the egg mixture over this and stir until evenly coated

Line your pans with Crisco coated brown paper

Fill to about ¾ full

Make designs on top with the extra nuts and cherries, this will allow you to identify the cakes for basting

Bake at 300 for about an hour and a half, use the toothpick test.

If you don’t know what the toothpick test is you shouldn’t be baking

Just kidding, stick a clean toothpick into the cake and if it comes out with cake stuck to it, the cakes aren’t done yet

After the cakes are done, take them out of the pans, cool them

When cool, wrap in cheesecloth and baste with alcohol or your choice (another choice that makes you a fruitcake master), I like to use rum, brandy, Jack Daniels, wine, amaretto, even orange juice for the teetotalers.  Put a different alcohol on each cake.  It is not a bad idea to leave some plain without the basting.

This is why you make different designs on the cakes, they identify which liquor you will be using to baste the cakes, just be sure to write it down so you don’t forget.  For instance I use pecan halves to make a leaf pattern then use three half green cherries for the flower, I will baste this one with brandy, then I make a pattern and use red cherries, I will baste this one with Jack Daniels,  make a different pattern using slivered almonds for leaves and baste this one with orange juice, get the idea.

Don’t give anyone a fruitcake who says they don’t like fruitcake.  Charge them an outrageous sum of money if they ask for a cake.

I got this recipe from an old Betty Crocker Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, and it is one of the best, it is however the technique and choices that will make you a fruitcake master.  Don’t expect to arrive at this master level on your first attempt. After a few years of making these and hearing cliche people with their pat “I don’t like fruitcake” comment you will know that you have arrived.  I put these under Recipes, Dieting and Exercise because they are so good for you.  Just don’t eat a lot of it!

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Dieting, November 21

Weighed in today at 185, waiting to hit 184.  I have been eating a little more than I should.  It is hard to stick to a rigid diet plan, especially with visiting and holidays.  Traveling long distances doesn’t help either. I have to have snacks to fight the boredom.  I have to cut some extra Calories, so I won’t feel guilty eating a little more over Thanksgiving.  Do you see what I said “a little more,”  I am going to try to stick with that concept.

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Dieting, November 15

I am still weighing 185, actually my weight this morning was 186, but I feel like my pants are getting a lot looser.   I think it is time to start concentrating on my posture.  When you are overweight and at least for men, most of your weight seems to concentrate around your belly.  The excess abdominal fat squeezes your organs and causes reflux.  The forward leaning posture doesn’t help, it only squeezes the organs more.  Loss of a few pounds and a more upright posture can make a world of difference in how you feel.  It is supposed to be nice and sunny today so I will probably take the dog for a  good walk.

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Dieting, November 14

Weight is still hanging in at 185.  I think I am going to make the zucchini omelet again today.  I have some of the zucchini left over from yesterday.  Adding something like zucchini and onion to an omelet doesn’t add many Calories at all, but it sure adds nutrients and vitamins.  It is easy to make and tastes great.  I think it is a good way to start the day.

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Dieting, November 13

I am still staying at 185.  I should be hitting 184 in the next few days.  I have been eating a lot of Blue Apron meals.  I had fish tacos with mango, radishes and avocado Monday, and Pork chops with Kohlrabi cole slaw yesterday, so as you can see, I am not depriving myself of fine food.

This morning I will be having a zucchini-sesame omelet with an English muffin.  That one will be about 250 Calories. Check the recipe section on the blog and I will post the recipe.

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Dieting, November 12

Weight was 185 today, I am happy with that.

 

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Dieting, November 8

Weighed in this morning at 187,  I am getting  back on track after a series of setbacks.  That is going to happen.  Wednesday was our anniversary so we went out for dinner that night, last weekend was a class reunion, so we had dinner there.  We did some visiting while at the reunion, so more dinners.  The point is, it might set your diet back, back don’t let the diet alter your lifestyle or you will quit.  One or two days doesn’t mean anything.  It took you a long time to put the weight on so let it take a long time to come off.  Everything you do should be to make life more interesting and fun, avoid anything that is going to cause stress.

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