Fruitcake to Celebrate
Fruitcake day is celebrated on December 27th each year just a couple of days after December 25th. You can celebrate this day with fruitcake because it is more than likely that you received one for Christmas.
Over the years the Fruitcake has become a common dessert during the holidays and is also known as Christmas cake.
Fruit Cake is not a Popular Dessert
The poor forgotten fruitcake has a notorious reputation of being disliked as a dessert and an unwanted gift at Christmas. The reason why is that it can be heavy and the fruit is chewy and sticky and this can be less than appetizing. But it's tradition and traditions continue in spite of their waning popularity. New recipes have emerged that produce a far lighter fruit cake that is tastier. There are many variations of the fruit cake. You just have to try them to find out what suits your palate and hopefully the palate of your guests.
Advantages of Fruit Cake
The advantage of fruit cake is it can be wrapped up and frozen for a later date. Most fruit cakes contain alcohol so they keep very well. But remember that the lowly Christmas cake does have it's own holiday so bring that cake out to celebrate on December 27th!
The History of the Fruitcake
The fruitcake first appeared in back in the time of the Romans so it's history is long.
It was originally a concoction of pine nuts and raisins that were mixed with a mash of barley. Later on during the middle ages it became popular to add fruits, honey and spices. The fruit cake started to evolve into what it is today during this period.
Hunters and Warriors Depended on Fruitcake
It became a popular food for hunters and warriors to carry on long trips away from home as it kept well for long periods of time. During the 1400's it became very popular in Britain especially when dried fruits started to be imported from the mediterranean.
Later in 16th century Europe the fruitcake became a harvest symbol and good luck charm. The nuts of the current harvest were baked into the fruitcake which was stored till next year to be eaten at harvest time. This was considered good luck for each years harvest and became a tradition. This was how the cake first became a celebration cake.
Today the fruitcake is most popular as a wedding cake and of course, a traditional cake of Christmas time. It is usually made with dried fruit, candied fruit combined with nuts and spices. It can be soaked in liquor as well this is what keeps it from spoiling. In the United Kingdom they often decorate their fruit cake with icing.
Did you know that Queen Victoria did not eat a fruitcake for a year after she received one for her birthday. She thought this showed restraint which was a virtue in Victorian England.
How to Make a Fruitcake - That people will love!
Making a Fruit Cake or Christmas Cake
Make Your Fruit Cake Two Weeks Before
This is a very easy to follow video for making a fruit cake. The recipe uses alcohol but you can substitute for the alcohol with juices. Another factor is if you are making it for a special occasion (likely Christmas!) it must be made at least two weeks ahead of time.
Non-Reactive Pot is Required
The shopping list is long on ingredients and you do need a "non-reactive" pot. This means stainless steel, glass, plastic, enamel or clay cookware. Reactive cookware, like aluminium or copper, conducts heat very well but apparently creates a chemical reaction with the food you are cooking. This will spoil the cake by changing it's consistency and taste.
Fruit cakes were originally called plum cakes! They are also known as Christmas Cakes due to their popularity at this time of year.
Did You Know...
That 1/3 of all the fruitcakes sold every year in North America are never eaten.
They end up in the freezer and eventually are tossed out.
Thinking about Fruitcake - On December 27th
Do You Like Fruitcake?
Did you know that fruitcake was actually banned in the early 18th Century because it was considered "sinfully" rich.
© 2012 Sharon Bellissimo