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Title: Fruitcake
Post by: AbueloBill on December 14, 2017, 08:14:45 AM
Wise Man and the fruitcake, a little know fact.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 14, 2017, 08:17:33 AM
Good one Bill!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 14, 2017, 11:07:59 AM
Wise Man and the fruitcake, a little know fact.

  It's quite obvious, that was an inferior fruitcake.  All the well educated, and informed citizens of the world know, a well made fruitcake is a thing of beauty and a source of wonderment.

  Often, one might make the mistake of trying to enjoy a fruitcake in the middle of Christmas merriment. The good company of others, music and song, brightly decorated living rooms with the scent of a Christmas tree in the background.  It's just too much, add a good fruitcake to that mix and the senses become overwhelmed.

  You see my friends, a good fruitcake should be enjoyed in a bland, quiet environment.  Don't let your senses become distracted, take your time and enjoy.  Admire the appearance, the almost jewel like glow in contrast to the golden brown texture of the 'cake.  Gently insert your fork into the cake, be careful to take note of the varying amount of resistance as the tines of your fork encounter the different texture of the cake, dried fruits and nuts.  Carefully lift your fork near your nose and take a gentle whiff.  Can you detect how much care has gone into the creation of just this small sample?  The amount on your fork should be small, say half a bite, take it in slowly.  Give your taste buds ample time to admire the spices, nuts, and fruits and again make note of the different textures like you did with your fork a moment ago.  First those flavors will be individual, then they will become one.  Repeat this process until only crumbs remain on your plate.

  Now, go back to what remains on the serving plate an cut a much larger piece.  This time plow into it with all the grace of a wrecking ball into the side of a 10 story building.  You know you want to.

  Or, maybe it's just me.

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: AbueloBill on December 14, 2017, 11:31:35 AM
Actually, Ferrous, we are great friends of fruitcakes.

Kathy and I make a double batch about every other year, when we can find the radiant mix at the grocery.  We make several sizes and share the smaller ones with a few epicurean friends who appreciate the finer things in life.  This year we found some semi-exotic dried fruits at a middle eastern grocery and added chopped papaya and kiwi, both were excellent. 

She and I then enjoy the fruitcake throughout the year, lightly heated and topped with whipped cream.  If they ever dry out, however slightly, we top with a bit of brandy.  This restoration works every time. 

Regards,
Abuelo
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 14, 2017, 11:49:19 AM
Actually, Ferrous, we are great friends of fruitcakes.

Kathy and I make a double batch about every other year, when we can find the radiant mix at the grocery.  We make several sizes and share the smaller ones with a few epicurean friends who appreciate the finer things in life.  This year we found some semi-exotic dried fruits at a middle eastern grocery and added chopped papaya and kiwi, both were excellent. 

She and I then enjoy the fruitcake throughout the year, lightly heated and topped with whipped cream.  If they ever dry out, however slightly, we top with a bit of brandy.  This restoration works every time. 

Regards,
Abuelo

  @AbueloBill (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=26),

  I always suspected you were a well educated, and informed citizen of the world.

  That is an interesting note about restoring a dried fruitcake with brandy.  Although, fruitcake rarely lasts beyond New Years at our house.

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: bc45 on December 14, 2017, 07:24:36 PM
  It's quite obvious, that was an inferior fruitcake.  All the well educated, and informed citizens of the world know, a well made fruitcake is a thing of beauty and a source of wonderment.

  Often, one might make the mistake of trying to enjoy a fruitcake in the middle of Christmas merriment. The good company of others, music and song, brightly decorated living rooms with the scent of a Christmas tree in the background.  It's just too much, add a good fruitcake to that mix and the senses become overwhelmed.

  You see my friends, a good fruitcake should be enjoyed in a bland, quiet environment.  Don't let your senses become distracted, take your time and enjoy.  Admire the appearance, the almost jewel like glow in contrast to the golden brown texture of the 'cake.  Gently insert your fork into the cake, be careful to take note of the varying amount of resistance as the tines of your fork encounter the different texture of the cake, dried fruits and nuts.  Carefully lift your fork near your nose and take a gentle whiff.  Can you detect how much care has gone into the creation of just this small sample?  The amount on your fork should be small, say half a bite, take it in slowly.  Give your taste buds ample time to admire the spices, nuts, and fruits and again make note of the different textures like you did with your fork a moment ago.  First those flavors will be individual, then they will become one.  Repeat this process until only crumbs remain on your plate.

  Now, go back to what remains on the serving plate an cut a much larger piece.  This time plow into it with all the grace of a wrecking ball into the side of a 10 story building.  You know you want to.

  Or, maybe it's just me.

Cheers,
Ferrous



I guess I have never been taught the correct way to eat fruit cake, I have always resorted to cutting a good size hunk off. But as Bill says Brandy goes well with it.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 14, 2017, 08:08:18 PM
 You @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) have put waaaay more thought into eating fruitcake then I ever did, or would have. But I bet from now on your method of consumption will come to mind the next time I put fork to cake to pallet. I will, once again, miss my mothers fruitcake this Holiday season. I believe her and I were the only ones in the family that ever truly enjoyed it. Happy Holiday's to you and yours.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: Princess Bueller on December 14, 2017, 08:56:23 PM
Every December, one of the many things I look forward to is the arrival of The Fruitcake. I'm sure some people dream at Christmas of a box of Cuban cigars arriving at the door, or a beautiful bottle of red wine or snow...Ferrous practically waits on the porch for the postman to arrive with The Box, the best package of the year. He's not joking about the elaborate tasting procedures either... fruitcaking is serious business and he's got it down to a science.

While I don't share his love of the fruitcake...I do love watching him enjoy it every year.   

Merry Christmas!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: r_k_dragon on December 15, 2017, 08:19:18 PM
Finished up my second piece just hours ago and a fork never crossed my mind!  However Ferrous and Princess made me reflect back on the moments.  I must admit, the smell, texture, and taste all come together.  I enjoyed both then and now just remembering!  Thanks and Merry Christmas!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: NoSuperSlabs on December 16, 2017, 01:13:50 PM
I had not planned on buying a fruitcake but all this talk has made me want one now!  :)
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 16, 2017, 05:18:01 PM
I had not planned on buying a fruitcake but all this talk has made me want one now!  :)
Finished up my second piece just hours ago and a fork never crossed my mind!  However Ferrous and Princess made me reflect back on the moments.  I must admit, the smell, texture, and taste all come together.  I enjoyed both then and now just remembering!  Thanks and Merry Christmas!
You @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) have put waaaay more thought into eating fruitcake then I ever did, or would have. But I bet from now on your method of consumption will come to mind the next time I put fork to cake to pallet. I will, once again, miss my mothers fruitcake this Holiday season. I believe her and I were the only ones in the family that ever truly enjoyed it. Happy Holiday's to you and yours.


I guess I have never been taught the correct way to eat fruit cake, I have always resorted to cutting a good size hunk off. But as Bill says Brandy goes well with it.

  My work here is nearly done.

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: AbueloBill on December 16, 2017, 05:50:27 PM
  My work here is nearly done.

Cheers,
Ferrous

Better than ". . .with some fava beans and a nice chianti."
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 16, 2017, 05:59:17 PM
Better than ". . .with some fava beans and a nice chianti."
  Beans and red wine, who knew.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 16, 2017, 07:50:56 PM
Well I hope the store still has Fruitcake in stock as I guess I need to join in on this. Haven't had any in years and years.  ^-^
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 16, 2017, 08:35:10 PM
Well I hope the store still has Fruitcake in stock as I guess I need to join in on this. Haven't had any in years and years.  ^-^
Sure why not, @HDBitchin (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=1). Always room for one more. Fruitcake is an acquired taste.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: WantMore on December 17, 2017, 10:52:19 AM
Wow!! The things ya learn here on HDBitchin!!  ^-^
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 17, 2017, 11:04:12 AM
Wow!! The things ya learn here on HDBitchin!!  ^-^
Now look what you @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) have started here on this unassuming hd forum. LOL Good to see people responding in such good humor and wanting to partake in the Holiday spirit of it all. Now all we, or you and the Princess have to do, is send out your best recipe. Now who wants to start with the Christmas Letter, Ha Ha. &{   
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: NoSuperSlabs on December 17, 2017, 03:49:32 PM
Now look what you @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) have started here on this unassuming hd forum. LOL Good to see people responding in such good humor and wanting to partake in the Holiday spirit of it all. Now all we, or you and the Princess have to do, is send out your best recipe. Now who wants to start with the Christmas Letter, Ha Ha. &{   
I agree. That is what I like about this place.  ;D
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: Princess Bueller on December 17, 2017, 08:06:13 PM
First thing you do....find a really great friend who loves to bake at Christmas and has no issues with the postal office for mailing fruitcakes. Make sure you're on the baking mailing list, don't do anything during the year which might jeopardize your fruitcake receiving possibilities. Bada Bing Bada Boom.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: bc45 on December 17, 2017, 08:31:29 PM
First thing you do....find a really great friend who loves to bake at Christmas and has no issues with the postal office for mailing fruitcakes. Make sure you're on the baking mailing list, don't do anything during the year which might jeopardize your fruitcake receiving possibilities. Bada Bing Bada Boom.

@Princess Bueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=5796)  would you be one of those that like to bake   ;) ;)
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 17, 2017, 09:02:29 PM
First thing you do....find a really great friend who loves to bake at Christmas and has no issues with the postal office for mailing fruitcakes. Make sure you're on the baking mailing list, don't do anything during the year which might jeopardize your fruitcake receiving possibilities. Bada Bing Bada Boom.
Say there Princess, have you been into the red wine again, LOL. What the heck does the post office have to do with this ?( Wine spoddie, oddie, drinking wine.)  &{ ;)
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 18, 2017, 11:27:45 AM
@Princess Bueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=5796)  would you be one of those that like to bake   ;) ;)

  Sadly, neither the Princess or I do much baking.  I'm lucky once in awhile to make a decent cup of tea.  Given the proper ingredients, I can manage some damn good toast.

  All of this started many years ago at a gun shop/shooting range that I used to work at.  A married couple (Mr. Smith & Mrs. Wesson) who were also frequent shooters would come in often with homemade treats for the staff.
  One year, during the Holidays, they brought in Christmas goodies.  Earlier that month all of us were asked if we had any requests.  I politely asked for Fruitcake, knowing how labor intensive Fruitcake can be, I didn't have high hopes.  It was a lot to ask for, I thought.  When I discovered that a Fruitcake was included that season I swiftly leapt over the counter and planted a kiss on Mrs.Wesson's cheek, Mr. Wesson nicely declined the kiss on the cheek). I was so excited that my head fell off completely!  My enthusiasm was rewarded for the next few years as a Fruitcake was included in the seasons to come.  I tried to repay them throughout the next year by bringing in some of my firearms collection and a box or two of ammo for them to play with.  Sometimes I could pick up the tab for their range time, or a box of ammo to feed their toys.  I believe I got the better end of the deal. 

  My Mother's Fruitcake was always the best, naturally.  However, it was a great effort for her to bake anymore.  Add to that the distance (physically and otherwise) between us, it had been a couple of decades since I had a slice of Mom's Fruitcake.  Mrs. Wesson's Fruitcake was everything I remember about Mom's, despite Mrs. Wesson's concerns that it would be too dry, bland, sweet, etc.

Say there Princess, have you been into the red wine again, LOL. What the heck does the post office have to do with this ?( Wine spoddie, oddie, drinking wine.)  &{ ;)

  The Princess and I have moved some distance from Mrs. Wesson and Mr. Smith.  With all the baking, cooking, shooting, taking care of her parents and all of Mrs. Wesson's other activities, she still finds time to mail a Fruitcake to us.  Mrs. Wesson is a bundle of giant energy, think of the cartoon "Tasmanian Devil", but much less destructive.  I will ask Mrs. Wesson for her recipe and post it here...later.

  This might be a good time to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas!

Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 18, 2017, 12:01:54 PM
 And a very Merry Christmas to you both as well. Thank you for the follow up story. It is always very interesting to hear the story of how events of someones life play into becoming part of your life. Looking forward to that recipe if you're able to get it. :) 8)
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: maniacmac on December 18, 2017, 12:44:56 PM
Thank you for enlighten me on fruitcakes, I have been told they are just for fixing stucco lol. I honestly never tasted one.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 18, 2017, 09:36:36 PM
And a very Merry Christmas to you both as well. Thank you for the follow up story. It is always very interesting to hear the story of how events of someones life play into becoming part of your life. Looking forward to that recipe if you're able to get it. :) 8)

  I sent a link for this thread to Mrs. Wesson, I thought she might enjoy some of the merriment.  Very soon after sending the link I received a reply... including the recipe:

Dried fruit (red/green cherries; pineapples; oranges; lemons; mixed fruit) marinated in Grand Marnier min of 24 hours
butter
sugar
eggs
flour
rum (mixed in batter)
allspice
cinnamon
nutmeg
baking soda
Nuts optional.  You may have noticed there are no measurements listed for ingredients.  I suspect Mrs. Wesson has little need for measuring.  I'll contact her again.

Thank you for enlighten me on fruitcakes, I have been told they are just for fixing stucco lol. I honestly never tasted one.
As much as I love fruitcake, and, as difficult it is to admit, I have had some that were not fit, even for fixing stucco!

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 18, 2017, 09:47:07 PM
 Thank you for following up on this. I hope Mrs. Wesson found being talked about on a Harley Davidson Form kinda humorous.  Please thank her for us, for sharing, and I hope we can do her fruitcake some sort of justice.  :)
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: bc45 on December 18, 2017, 09:49:15 PM
Your making me hungry for more Fruitcake, And I don't have any  :(
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 18, 2017, 09:56:38 PM
Thank you for following up on this. I hope Mrs. Wesson found being talked about on a Harley Davidson Form kinda humorous.  Please thank her for us, for sharing, and I hope we can do her fruitcake some sort of justice.  :)

I gave Mrs. Wesson a heads up, this thread may continue for a while.  You may have already thanked her.  I believe she will be thrilled knowing you even tried.

Your making me hungry for more Fruitcake, And I don't have any  :(

Please see recipe above (reply #24) and keep in mind the "D.I.Y." attitude this forum encourages.

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: bc45 on December 18, 2017, 10:01:02 PM
I gave Mrs. Wesson a heads up, this thread may continue for a while.  You may have already thanked her.  I believe she will be thrilled knowing you even tried.

Please see recipe above (reply #24) and keep in mind the "D.I.Y." attitude this forum encourages.

Cheers,
Ferrous

LOL not sure i would be very skilled at Baking
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 18, 2017, 10:18:56 PM
LOL not sure i would be very skilled at Baking
  You aren't going to learn any younger, that's what my mom always said. I will con my sister and Kim into helping me try this. I'm going to at least give it the ole' college whirl. Thanks again, and if Mrs Wesson is reading this Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. God Bless.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: Princess Bueller on December 19, 2017, 08:46:58 PM
@Princess Bueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=5796)  would you be one of those that like to bake   ;) ;)

Sadly...no...I am not a baker. Cookies once a year...maybe.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: Princess Bueller on December 19, 2017, 08:48:30 PM
Say there Princess, have you been into the red wine again, LOL. What the heck does the post office have to do with this ?( Wine spoddie, oddie, drinking wine.)  &{ ;)

The fruitcake we receive (with MANY thanks) is mailed to us, we live too far away for the Baker to deliver in person.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 19, 2017, 08:51:41 PM

  OK, two things:

1) Mrs Wesson says, "Love back to all!"
2) If I've done this correctly, the complete recipe is attached.

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 19, 2017, 09:10:44 PM
HDBitchin Rep (Karma) awarded to you and Mrs Wesson!  ^-^
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: maniacmac on December 19, 2017, 09:26:48 PM
After purchasing all the items on the list I asked which aisle the baker was on. I was told they didn't sell baker, now what I'm suppose to do with this stuff in my basket!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 20, 2017, 05:31:04 AM
 Thank you all, once again, for all the info. Now as soon as my bakers show up I will get started  ;D. Merry Christmas.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: WantMore on December 20, 2017, 08:58:10 AM
Well I am not totally surprised by the hearty participation by the members in this thread. When you remember that most of us are highly motivated by food it is not surprising.  :)  ^-^

Thank you Mrs Wesson!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: Webbtron on December 20, 2017, 09:16:57 AM
I tried my Grandmothers fruitcake most every year, it was so inviting with the bright colors but I just never could develop a taste for it.  I'm thinking she didn't marinade in Gran Marnier probably Ten High or Seagrams.  None of that with standing it was part of Christmas and I believe this thread has rejuvenated those memories in spite of the fact I don't share in the eating part of fruitcake.  Thanks everyone and Merry Christmas.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 20, 2017, 10:53:36 AM

  Please remember, we like pictures here.  If you do try Mrs. Wesson's recipe we'll expect to see it posted.  I don't know where you can buy a Baker, if you find one for sale, please let us know.

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 20, 2017, 12:12:41 PM
  Please remember, we like pictures here.  If you do try Mrs. Wesson's recipe we'll expect to see it posted.  I don't know where you can buy a Baker, if you find one for sale, please let us know.

Cheers,
Ferrous
I believe, @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) , that would be the least we could do for you after all the hoops you and the Princess just leaped through for the lot of us. Just fair warning, don't hold your breath.  :) 8)
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 20, 2017, 12:46:18 PM
I believe, @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) , that would be the least we could do for you after all the hoops you and the Princess just leaped through for the lot of us. Just fair warning, don't hold your breath.  :) 8)

  Right, got it!

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: maniacmac on December 20, 2017, 04:30:10 PM
I'm amazed how many scooter trash buddies are intrigued by fruitcake lol.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 20, 2017, 05:11:34 PM
  Right, got it!

Cheers,
Ferrous
  Should have clarified my post. You will get plenty of pictures @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) , but you won't be getting a baker. ( At least I don't think you will.)
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 22, 2017, 05:11:03 PM
Since neither myself or my wife bake I asked her today to pick up a fruitcake from the grocery store. They didn’t have one and the person in the bakery area of the store said they didn’t carry them. They offered a gingerbread cake instead.  &{
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 22, 2017, 07:54:36 PM
Since neither myself or my wife bake I asked her today to pick up a fruitcake from the grocery store. They didn’t have one and the person in the bakery area of the store said they didn’t carry them. They offered a gingerbread cake instead.  &{

  Sounds like you need to find another grocery store, no one deserves that kind of negativity in their life!

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 22, 2017, 07:58:15 PM
  Sounds like you need to find another grocery store, no one deserves that kind of negativity in their life!

Cheers,
Ferrous
Ha ha!! I agree! We have a reason to visit another grocery store tomorrow. Wish us luck!!  ;D
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 23, 2017, 12:24:09 PM
The wife just called and she said that Walmart was sold out of Fruitcake!!  {=
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: NoSuperSlabs on December 23, 2017, 04:37:33 PM
The wife just called and she said that Walmart was sold out of Fruitcake!!  {=
I feel your pain. I couldn't find one at the grocery store today.  :(
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 23, 2017, 05:12:54 PM
Eureka!! My wife called and she has found a small fruitcake!! This was the 3rd grocery store.

Fry's - No Fruitcake
Walmart - No Fruitcake
Safeway - FRUITCAKE!!!

Now if only she can get out of the store without someone stealing it!! Pictures to be posted soon!!   ^-^
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 23, 2017, 05:49:52 PM
We have fruitcake! Pictures below!

Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 23, 2017, 05:54:55 PM
  Sorry Mrs Wesson, that you had to look at that. LOL.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: Webbtron on December 23, 2017, 06:31:35 PM
I can't see those fruitcake pics on Tapatalk.     They must be obscene. Hahaha!
Now I can see them, false alarm
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: WantMore on December 23, 2017, 08:08:57 PM
I love this forum!! You guys crack me up!!  ;D  :))  £~¥
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 24, 2017, 07:33:56 AM
I love this forum!! You guys crack me up!!  ;D  :))  £~¥
  Just goes to show ya that there are a few fruity folks here, LOL. This thread certainly took on a life of it's own and it brought in people that probably would have never got onto a hd forum. Thank you @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16), and The Princess, for getting our attention. And for some of us, some memory's from Christmas past, were realized. :)
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: Webbtron on December 24, 2017, 10:26:03 AM
I got a feeling that @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) is letting that last piece dry out on purpose so he can bath it in Brandy.  I think it could be a lost scene "The Christmas Story"  Merry Christmas
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: Princess Bueller on December 24, 2017, 10:28:11 AM
Feeling a little guilty at the store buying a peach pie and whipped cream. Gotta make the rest of the family happy. Wondering what else is a traditional favorite? I miss my grandmothers plum pudding.

 Enjoy your Christmas Eve and thanks for posting!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: Webbtron on December 24, 2017, 10:53:18 AM
Feeling a little guilty at the store buying a peach pie and whipped cream. Gotta make the rest of the family happy. Wondering what else is a traditional favorite? I miss my grandmothers plum pudding.

 Enjoy your Christmas Eve and thanks for posting!
Well I can help with that, yesterday I bought a pumpkin pie over Deb's objection, "I've bought the stuff and it doesn't take that long to make"  I know she is going to have enough to do so I bought the pie and she got past it quickly.  Merry Christmas Princess Bueller
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 24, 2017, 11:22:31 AM
  Just goes to show ya that there are a few fruity folks here, LOL. This thread certainly took on a life of it's own and it brought in people that probably would have never got onto a hd forum. Thank you @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16), and The Princess, for getting our attention. And for some of us, some memory's from Christmas past, were realized. :)

  I am happy to see this thread take off like it has, lots of real good chuckles in here!

I got a feeling that @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) is letting that last piece dry out on purpose so he can bath it in Brandy.  I think it could be a lost scene "The Christmas Story"  Merry Christmas

  Dammit!  Wish I had thought of that!  Sometimes, I'm just not the brightest bulb on the tree!

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake Photos
Post by: AbueloBill on December 24, 2017, 08:05:33 PM
Actually, Ferrous, we are great friends of fruitcakes.

Kathy and I make a double batch about every other year, when we can find the radiant mix at the grocery.  We make several sizes and share the smaller ones with a few epicurean friends who appreciate the finer things in life.  This year we found some semi-exotic dried fruits at a middle eastern grocery and added chopped papaya and kiwi, both were excellent. 

She and I then enjoy the fruitcake throughout the year, lightly heated and topped with whipped cream.  If they ever dry out, however slightly, we top with a bit of brandy.  This restoration works every time. 

Regards,
Abuelo

Photos of the fruitcake that started it all.  The drinks shown are also homemade, Lemoncello and a bourbon cream liquor.

Merry Christmas, all.

AbueloBill
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 24, 2017, 09:25:58 PM
I did savor a slice of my store bought fruitcake tonight. It was good! I have more for Christmas dinner tomorrow.  :)
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: maniacmac on December 25, 2017, 05:58:34 PM
Well I can help with that, yesterday I bought a pumpkin pie over Deb's objection, "I've bought the stuff and it doesn't take that long to make"  I know she is going to have enough to do so I bought the pie and she got past it quickly.  Merry Christmas Princess Bueller
Well I heard on the news it was Pumpkin pie day.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: NoSuperSlabs on December 29, 2017, 03:05:43 PM
I wonder if people find this thread now when they search "fruitcake" on Google?   :-\

#Fruitcake
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 29, 2017, 03:21:14 PM
I wonder if people find this thread now when they search "fruitcake" on Google?   :-\

#Fruitcake
It might happen!! Ya never know!   ;D
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: maniacmac on December 29, 2017, 03:59:24 PM
It might happen!! Ya never know!   ;D
Well we do have some fruitcakes on this forum lol
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: r_k_dragon on December 29, 2017, 07:07:58 PM
Hey, hey, hey, easy there!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: maniacmac on December 29, 2017, 08:39:23 PM
Hey, hey, hey, easy there!
If you are going to ride two gyro wheels powered lots of horsepower facing a 3000lbs rolling cage coming towards you, you have to be a little bit of a fruitcake.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 31, 2017, 11:36:10 AM

  I've had a bit of a cold until recently.  While my cold was running its course I refrained from eating anything that really enjoyed, including fruitcake.  Having a cold makes everything taste rather bland.
  Finally getting over the cold, I marched myself into the kitchen and pounced on what remained of the fruitcake like a kitten pounces on a catnip laced toy.  It wasn't nearly as cute, but the enthusiasm was the same.

  Sadly, all the fruitcake is gone until next year.  I will have to pacify myself with handfuls of chocolate and large amounts of beer until the next Christmas season.  Eating fruitcake "out of season" is just wrong, for me.

  Don't worry friends, I'll survive somehow.

Cheers,
Ferrous 
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: AbueloBill on December 31, 2017, 08:06:03 PM
At our house this New Year's Eve we put aside the fruitcake in favor of homemade popovers.

Delicious.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 31, 2017, 08:48:08 PM
At our house this New Year's Eve we put aside the fruitcake in favor of homemade popovers.

Delicious.
They look good Bill!

We just set out some food platters and then went out and launched some fireworks that my daughter brought over. One of her dogs that is here tonight hates those loud noises. He is calm now.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 31, 2017, 09:47:35 PM
At our house this New Year's Eve we put aside the fruitcake in favor of homemade popovers.

Delicious.

I see a popover thread in the near future.

Cheer,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on January 01, 2018, 07:34:33 AM
@FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16), Ha,Ha,Ha. I was thinking the same thing. ;D 8)
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on November 26, 2018, 03:47:30 PM

  I am happy to report that the Annual Fruitcake delivery has been received in good condition here at Bourbon Lodge Garage.  I have sent off a "Thank You" note to Mrs. Wesson.

  I got a really good laugh re-reading this whole thread again, so, I thought I'd repost for the benefit of the forum.  No need to thank me, just enjoy...

  I included the .pdf file for making your own Fruitcake.  Again, no need to thank me.

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on November 26, 2018, 05:45:21 PM
It is a great thread and worth reading again!   ^-^

Pass our regards to Mrs. Wesson.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on November 26, 2018, 06:03:34 PM
It is a great thread and worth reading again!   ^-^

Pass our regards to Mrs. Wesson.

@HDBitchin (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=1), Done!

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: AbueloBill on December 21, 2018, 04:32:07 PM
  I am happy to report that the Annual Fruitcake delivery has been received in good condition here at Bourbon Lodge Garage.  I have sent off a "Thank You" note to Mrs. Wesson.

  I got a really good laugh re-reading this whole thread again, so, I thought I'd repost for the benefit of the forum.  No need to thank me, just enjoy...

  I included the .pdf file for making your own Fruitcake.  Again, no need to thank me.

Cheers,
Ferrous

Re:  Sticky dough.  We use parchment paper to line the pans and make sure each is filled to the same level so the baking is consistent. 

Thanks for the recipe.  My mom was born in England and Kathy and I use her family recipe/instructions.  One of my jobs is to stir the mixture, never easy, and to fill the baking pans.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: WantMore on December 22, 2018, 11:32:58 AM
This is a classic HDBitchin Christmas thread that deserves to be read again.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 22, 2018, 12:08:37 PM
This is a classic HDBitchin Christmas thread that deserves to be read again.
Agree! It took on a life of its own when it first appeared. Worth reading again for some fun and a recipe for Fruit Cake!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: NoSuperSlabs on December 23, 2018, 09:42:54 AM
With more than 5000 reads it is popular!

That is one of the things I like about HDBitchin. It is more than a technical Harley-Davidson forum, it is family talking and sharing with each other.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: AbueloBill on December 24, 2018, 08:09:42 AM
Getting ready to sample our fruitcake from a year ago.

Delicious.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: Rider Ron on December 24, 2018, 02:08:19 PM
So THAT's why the odd taste...  Formaldehyde!!   >:D

Ron
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: AbueloBill on December 24, 2018, 02:25:41 PM
So THAT's why the odd taste...  Formaldehyde!!   >:D

Ron
We call it "brandy", but to each his own.
Title: Re: Fruitcake Photos
Post by: HDBitchin on March 03, 2019, 02:34:40 PM
Photos of the fruitcake that started it all.  The drinks shown are also homemade, Lemoncello and a bourbon cream liquor.

Merry Christmas, all.

AbueloBill
Went to dinner last night with @Rider Ron (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=1423) , @r_k_dragon (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=23) , @bobosoftail (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=4032) and @AbueloBill (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=26) in Scottsdale. While at dinner AbueloBill presented each of us with a bottle of his homemade bourbon cream liquor.

Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: Rider Ron on March 03, 2019, 02:39:04 PM
Yeah, Baby!   ;D
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on March 04, 2019, 01:33:24 PM

  I will wager that the contents of that bottle tastes very good!

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on March 04, 2019, 03:18:34 PM
  I will wager that the contents of that bottle tastes very good!

Cheers,
Ferrous
I will let you know as I plan on having it this weekend!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: r_k_dragon on March 08, 2019, 12:33:28 PM
It was quite tasty but I had a problem with the size of the bottle.  It was good!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: WantMore on March 08, 2019, 01:51:14 PM
It was quite tasty but I had a problem with the size of the bottle.  It was good!
Bottle too small I am guessing!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: FerrousBueller on December 02, 2019, 01:56:21 PM

  Guess what time of year it is...

  I'll give you a hint:


(https://hdbitchin.com/gallery/4/16-021219134431.jpeg)

  Yep!  The 2019 Fruitcake is here, and, let me tell you Boys and Girls, it was worth waiting for!

  If you're new here, or, have a lousy memory you can click this:  It all started with this little post. (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?topic=5009.0)

Cheers,
Ferrous
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 02, 2019, 03:53:17 PM
@FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) is it that time again?

This thread might not be about Harley-Davidson motorcycles but it is a classic thread here on HDBitchin. One that I am proud of. It shows the community spirit and welcoming atmosphere that a forum should have besides just motorcycle talk.

New members or old, let the Fruitcake discussions begin again!

And if you have fruitcake pictures share em!!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: AbueloBill on December 02, 2019, 04:10:12 PM
  Guess what time of year it is...

   If you're new here, or, have a lousy memory you can click this:  It all started with this little post. (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?topic=5009.0)

Cheers,
Ferrous

Still have one fruitcake left in the freezer.  Now that the season has arrived, time to indulge.

On a separate note, been experimenting with homemade lemoncello from a Meyers lemon tree in the backyard.  Have also tried with Valencia oranges and they might work even better, and also have a batch of limecello aging. 

Anyway, here is the Lemoncello:

(https://hdbitchin.com/gallery/4/26-021219155258.jpeg)
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: WantMore on December 03, 2019, 07:09:38 AM
@FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) and @AbueloBill (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=26)

That fruitcake and that Abuelo's Best Lemoncello sure look good.
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: HDBitchin on December 03, 2019, 07:57:55 AM
Unlike the homemade fruitcake that @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) has I will go out to the store this year and buy another one like I did in the past. Once I have my 2019 fruitcake in hand I will post a picture of it here.

Yes, we stress DIY motorcycle projects here on HDBitchin but when it comes to baking I am not a DIY guy.

If you go back and read the thread you will read that my past experience buying a fruitcake wasn't easy. The grocery stores don't seem to stock them.  :-\ Wish me success in my fruitcake hunt this year!
Title: Re: Fruitcake
Post by: J F Go on December 03, 2019, 02:27:09 PM
Unlike the homemade fruitcake that @FerrousBueller (https://hdbitchin.com/index.php?action=profile;u=16) has I will go out to the store this year and buy another one like I did in the past. Once I have my 2019 fruitcake in hand I will post a picture of it here.

Yes, we stress DIY motorcycle projects here on HDBitchin but when it comes to baking I am not a DIY guy.

If you go back and read the thread you will read that my past experience buying a fruitcake wasn't easy. The grocery stores don't seem to stock them.  :-\ Wish me success in my fruitcake hunt this year!

Well, in the words of Clint Eastwood, "A man's gotta know his limitations." I guess we all now know yours. &{