Fruitcake Recipes

Fruitcake recipes and other info on the oft-maligned cake that is so popular around the holidays.


This Christmas version contains 17 ingredients, with raisins, cherries, pineapple, mixed fruit, pecans and almonds. The baking time is anywhere from 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours and 20 minutes depending on what type of pan you use.

Looking for one made with Jack Daniels Bourbon?  This one counts a half-cup of Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey among its 12 ingredients.  It contains dates, raisins, apricots orange juice and pecans as well.   

This Texas version comes from Corsicana, which is 50 miles south of Dallas. It is baked with the old world recipe brought to Corsicana by August "Gus" Weidmann from Wiesbaden, Germany back in 1896. The bakery that makes them has been in the mail order business ages ago when John Ringling's circus troupe tasted the Deluxe Texas version. They wanted to send these popular Christmas treats back home to friends and family in Europe.        

The most popular monk's variation comes from Assumption Abbey.  The monks at this Trappist monastery, in the foothills of the Missouri Ozarks, have been making these for decades.  The reason they are so popular is that they got help in getting started from a world-class chef named Jean Pierre Auge', who was employed by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  All aspects of the preparation are done right at the monastery.

Here's a page with info about lots of products sold by monks in the U.S. in order to keep their monasteries open.   




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