Monday, December 8, 2008

161- AH, HOMEMADE FRUIT CAKE AFICIONADO!...ARE YOU ONE?....MAYBE HOMEMADE POUND CAKE, INSTEAD?.....

Someone must like fruit cake 'cause they SELL! My maternal grandmere used to spend days baking up her "spacial" fruit cakes in that old-fashioned wood stove oven down on her farm! She used lots of those candied fruits and hand-cracked walnuts and spices. Once the cakes were baked, she soaked them with a dousing of "medicinal spirits", wrapped them in cheesecloth and stored them away in a cool place 'til Christmas...she was 'curing' them.
And what did she do with them? Gave them away as gifts! Oh mi ga!...once in a blue moon, she would whup up her homemade pound cakes, soak 'em and wrap the baked gems for a spell! I used to, as a kid, try to find out what her "medicinal spirts" actully were...I figure that it had to be, uh........rum.

It's OK...go ahead and love those fruit cakes, a slice at a time, though. I'll take the homemade pound cake...with a scoop of 'dirty vanilla' cream!

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