Saturday, December 03, 2011

A Christmas Fruitcake

The Hostess of the Humble Bungalow posted a recipe for fruitcake the other day. I'm not a fan, but the man I love really enjoys it, so I make it for him. He doesn't like it too sweet, nor full of citrus peel. I have a dark cake I usually make, but this recipe sounded good.

So I chopped the fruit, poured the brandy over it, stirred it occasionally and let it sit overnight. I toasted the nuts (using almonds in place of pine nuts), and let them cool. I cut the marzipan into cubes and put it onto a plate and into the freezer. I let the butter soften on the counter top overnight.

I carefully buttered the pans and lined them with parchment paper.

The next morning, I creamed, measured, stirred and inhaled the wonderful scents of spices, brandied fruit and buttery goodness.  I spooned the mixture into the pans and set them into the oven to bake. Ah, what a glorious scent.

When the baking time was nearly complete, I had a horrid thought.

Yes, Yours Truly had forgotten the marzipan in the freezer. And those marzipan cubes are what intrigued me in the first place.

The cake is still delicious - I had a piece myself. And the marzipan cubes are good for nibbling on. But I think I'll put them away for another use. 


  1. The cake looks very tempting and even more so without the marzipan, which I hate!

  2. It's just the sort of thing that I would do/have done!

  3. Oh, I hate it when I do that!! I have done this numerous times--skipped an ingredient and then found when typing it out for my recipe blog that I had neglected something!

  4. Oh dear! Perhaps another batch for gifts might be in order!
    Happy to see that you tried the recipe!

  5. Oops! I have certainly done that before too, Lorrie.

  6. Oh non ! Je pense que ça doit être meilleur avec la pâte d'amande (parce que j'adore ça, et en ce moment en Allemagne il y en a plein partout pour Noël), mais le gâteau a quand même une tête sympathique.

  7. Mmmmm, that looks good!
    At least you left out a non-essential ingredient... let's just say that brownies minus the sugar are quite disgusting!!

  8. Oh no! Hope that you come up with something good to make with them. The fruitcake does look yummy.

  9. That made me smile! It's a bit like finding the salad in the fridge at the end of a dinner party.....something any of us could do. I'll be you'll find another use for that marzipan.

  10. It looks good...all right! Which reminds me that fruitcake needs to happen over here shortly...if we are to enjoy it over the holidays.

  11. Anonymous3:40 AM

    nice post! thanks for sharing... God bless you...loves soraya


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