19 January 2007

I am the luckiest girl ever

I received an unsolicited fruitcake this week. A friend had read the article about my blog and sent along a loaf of her mother's home-made family recipe.

A good commercially made (or perhaps non-profit made) fruitcake is what I have grown up with and it's what I like. But people, if the fruitcake I tried this week, as well as my boss' Christmas cake is any indication, NO commercially-made fruitcake is as good as homemade fruitcake.

This is the first fruitcake (blurry photo above) where I don't know all the ingredients off the bat, but I know that it doesn't contain booze, does have butter, and only contains a small amount of flour. You can absolutely taste the butter, it adds a great richness, and the outside is almost caramelized, giving it a lovely flavor. A secret ingredient (at least one that I can figure out from its obviousness): dates. What an excellent addition! It's different, but doesn't overpower the other fruit, just adds some distinct flavor.

Now, my main reason for creating this blog was to review the commercial fruitcakes out there, in order to give a semi-objective description of what they taste like. And that's what I'll continue to do, because man, do I have a list to get through. Who knew there were so many commercial fruitcakes out there for sale? Somebody out there must like them!! So please, although I have thoroughly enjoyed the home-made fruitcakes I've received, please don't hunt me down and hand me fruitcake. After all, it's January, and I need a hiatus!

Gosh, I love this self-assigned job--eating fruitcake. I am truly the luckiest girl ever.

08 January 2007

And you thought fruitcake season was over . . .

. . . so did I, until I was contacted by the Chicago Sun-Times about this blog. Read the article here.

Welcome to everyone who's come here as a result of the article. There really are a lot of fruitcake-lovers out there!

After finishing off the fruitcake you see in the article's photo, I'm going to take a break for a few months. There are still a lot of fruitcakes out there to be reviewed, though, so have no fear, I'll be back again to eat and review more.