For most people fruitcake evokes visions of an overly-saccharine brick. An old-fashioned treat reserved fir Christmas. Decades of mass-produced mail-order fruitcake recipes have sullied the once-good name of this seasonal treat. And what began as a homemade gesture of goodwill has become something of a running joke.
And that’s a real shame because fruitcake can be quite delicious. It’s really just a combination of candied and dried fruit, nuts, spices, and batter. Once baked, it’s typically given a soak in spirits, such brandy or rum. When you hear the ingredients, it sounds like it’d be pretty good, right? That’s because it can be. It’s time to trade the dense, leaded cakes of the past for some tasty, contemporary twists.
Don’t limit yourself to just an updated recipe, you can also upgrade the preparation and presentation. Planning a sit-down dinner
or a festive fête
? Consider turning fruitcake into a plated dessert. “Cut it into thick slices of cake, soak in almond syrup, top with almond cream and bake. Or prepare like pain perdu by searing both sides and serving it with a scoop of gingerbread ice cream, maybe even some warm chocolate sauce or crème Anglaise," says Stefan Peroutka
, executive chef at Hotel del Coronado
in San Diego.
Ready to give this deserving dessert another chance? The recipes ahead are sure to turn anyone into a fruitcake convert.Fruitcake Cookies
These soft, chewy fruitcake cookies are totally irresistible. Plus, they make a great last-minute gift—particularly when presented in a festive tin with some tissue paper.
Get the recipe on Living Sweet Moments