I did make a gluten-free oatmeal raisin skillet cookie. (We topped it with yogurt and kiwi and strawberries and papaya and pear…) It was quite delicious, but perhaps a bit mundane. (You know how our Improv Leader Kristen tells us to push the envelope…)
So back to the
I know my guys. And I know my guys’ opinions on most things. I’ve heard their quite critical remarks on fruitcake. My yearly quote of, “not all fruitcakes taste like this” usually fell upon four pairs of deaf ears.
Thirty years ago I baked the famous “GOLDEN FRUITCAKE.” I remember it well because it was the first time I used alcohol! Pretty sure the recipe was a California Golden Raisins advertisement I tore out of my Good Housekeeping magazine. (I was happy to find a picture/recipe online, ‘cause I hunted & couldn’t find mine…)
So, this is what my fruitcake looks like:
and here is the recipe:
If you wish to follow my process, read on…
The evening before making the cake, I prepared my dried fruit. I chopped all but the raisins to make them somewhat uniform size. I put them in a ziploc with 1/2 cup apricot brandy to soak overnight.
In the morning I stirred in the nuts/seeds.
I sifted the flours, gum & salt into my large bowl.
I took the cup cooked steel-cut oats (cooled) and whirled it in the food processor. After it was nice and smooth I added the honey and coconut oil. (That mixture right there was soooooooooo delicious – I’m going to try that as a base for other cakes!) Then I added the six yolks and mixed until smooth.
Gently stir together this liquidy mixture with the fruits & nuts. Then gradually add the dry ingredients.
(The next step you are not going to believe – so I have photos to document!)
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I determined there were beaten egg whites and cakes that utilize them before there was electricity. When I Google-d “beating egg whites by hand” the general consensus was don’t even attempt it unless you have a copper bowl. I have a stainless bowl and French whisk. Yet, I succeeded to attain a nice peak, as my pictures (& sore shoulders & forearms) will attest:
I have a question: When it says “gently fold whites into batter” what are they talking about? I have this lighter than air emulsion that I’m to incorporate into roughly six pounds of flours, fruit, nuts & eggs? (Every time I spooned over a little apricot I could hear that lovely air sigh as it escaped the bonds of egg protein.)
I spooned the completed batter into my tube pan and a silicone bread pan.
Baked it low & slow -- 275° for 2 hours (loaf) and a half (for the tube pan). Agonizing to smell that all morning!
Cooled them s-l-o-w-l-y.
Sliced into the loaf
The fruitcake from the tube pan is huddled in the refrigerator under a wrap of cheesecloth doused in that apricot brandy. The mistreatment will continue until Christmas.
*Update: I revisited the brandy-soaked fruitcake here. The taste and texture exceeded my expectations!