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Reminiscences of fruitcakes past

My family likes fruitcake. I have a non-traditional fruitcake recipe based on dates, dried apricots, and walnuts, which I'd be happy to pass on to anybody who wants it. It's been very successful.

But the first time I ever tried to make fruitcake, it was from a classic Big Fat Cookbook (tm Peg Bracken), and I misread a key instruction. It wasn't until I was wrist-deep in batter and realized that there was NO WAY this would all fit in two loaf pans, that I noticed something important.

The recipe didn't say "three loaf pans, or two round pans, or a bundt pan". It said, "three loaf pans, AND two round pans, AND a bundt pan."

I was about 22 and owned two loaf pans. What was I going to do?

Well, what I did was utilize anything I could find that I thought could sustain oven temperatures. This included loaf pans, cake pans, pie dishes, metal-handled saucepans, and two emptied-out metal candy tins of the kind for sale only at Christmas. I had so much fruitcake, I gave fruitcakes to my landlord, my friends -- anybody who would take one, basically.

And I guess I can say I learned a valuable lesson.

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wickedgillie
Dec. 20th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
OMG, that is awesome Fail!Avert on your part :-)
np_complete
Dec. 25th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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