No family dessert table at Christmas is complete without one of these delicious fruitcakes. The fruitcake is timeless, and so are the fruitcake jokes that are sure to follow. Johnny Carson once said famously that “There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.” He partially says this because fruitcake also has an incredible shelf-life, ensuring you can make them well in advance and they will still be as good weeks later as they are when baked. There is even one known to have been made in 1878! Although not sure many will dip a fork into that one…
What makes a fruitcake taste so unique, or be liked by only those who have developed their acquired taste, is the variety of fruits, nuts and, of course, the alcohol. That’s right, made with Sherry, fruitcakes offer a bit of a bite for those who like it. Sort of like Rumballs, the alcohol taste is pretty subtle, but it is in there. And for those who like Sherry, this dessert is a gem.
Fruitcakes have a as many variations you can create as you can think of….adding other types of fruits and nuts, adding or removing icing, the types of pans you make them in, etc, etc. We could go on. But to start, we are keeping it simple with this basic fruitcake dessert, nice and simple to make even with an extensive ingredient list.Print
Eat right away, store for weeks in your fridge, ship to your relatives, and take lots of pictures of your creation. Enjoy!