It is September and my mind turns to making the family christmas fruit cake. We prefer a christmas cake baked with dried fruits and lashings of brandy or sherry. I had a recipe that everyone voted their favourite about 10 years ago, but when we moved in 2002 (it was a year of multiple moves and at one stage the family was living in three different geographic places at one time and half our belongings were in storage) and I have never been able to find that particular recipe since. My fruit cakes are still voted eater friendly, mainly because I drip feed them brandy in the three months leading up to the big Christmas Day I think!
Daughter2 has lamented the loss of the original recipe a little too frequently lately, so I am sending out a global request for asisistance.
Go to your cookbooks ladies and gentlemen, knock on the door of great aunts, or grandmother’s and rifle through their kitchen drawers. Please find me a tried and true, knock your little Christmas stockings off, dried fruit cake. Prefer without too many nuts, but can handle that.
The prize – well the Flamingo Dancer family will sing your praises, perhaps for generations to come. I promise to lock the recipe into a digitial file and backed up on an off site archive so as never to again be without our prized recipe. I only ask that it is a recipe that has been trialled and voted good enough to eat again!
Notebooks and pencils to the ready, dear readers! Christmas fruit cake recipes must be found and shared!