Faux Fruitcake: A fruitcake for those who despise it
Comic from the I Hate Fruitcake Hate Page
If you said, “fruitcake,” you’re absolutely right.
In her book, the "International Dictionary of Desserts, Pastries and Confections," Carole Bloom defines traditional fruitcake as: A rich, buttery, dense, sweet, sometimes spicy batter mixed with a variety of candied fruits and nuts, then baked. It is traditionally baked in a loaf shape or in a tube pan and is made several weeks in advance of serving so it can “mellow,” by being wrapped in cheesecloth and soaked in rum or brandy.
“All Cakes Considered” author Melissa Gray sought to prove all the fruitcake naysayers wrong with Faux Fruitcake, an alternative fruitcake recipe given to her by her aunt.
The dates are the only real fruit in the cake. I bought a container of pitted dates at the grocery store and chopped them myself.
Instead of other fruits, the recipe calls for 1 pound of orange candy slices. I chopped each slice into five pieces. (Try using kitchen shears and occasionally coat with flour to minimize sticky fingers and utensils.)
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I finished the cakes by poking the small holes through the top of the cake with a wooden chopstick. I made a simple glaze from orange juice and confectioners sugar and poured it over the cakes, allowing it to soak in before I removed the cakes from the loaf pans. I brushed a little bit of leftover glaze on the sides of the warm loaves.
The orange candies and the brown dates look pretty in a slice of this fruitcake. I found the taste much too cloying and only ate a small piece because it was so sweet.
It’s difficult to slice this cake thinly because of the candy and dates. I recommend cutting a thicker slice and then cutting that in half. Slicing it this way makes a nice hand-held piece to enjoy with a strong cup of coffee or other beverage that will counterbalance the sweetness.
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