Holiday Booze Crooze Fruitcake
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
Optional
  • Brieor other soft-style cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F. Lightly grease a bread loaf pan; line with parchment paper.
  2. Gently heat (15 mins – low-low heat) in saucepan, all fruit in mixture of alcohols. ***Be very careful when heating the alcohol, it is highly flammable.
  3. Cool fruit and liquid. Add prepped nuts to the fruit/alcohol mixture. Place all in lidded jars or tightly cover sealed bowl. Let this mixture marinate in cool ,dark place for at least a month – shaking jars or stirring ingr’s in bowl every 3-4 days.
  4. Drain liquid from fruit and nuts, reserving in separate dish.
  5. Whisk together dry ingredients. Stir in nuts and fruits until well coated.
  6. In separate medium bowl, whisk together eggs, butter/shortening and combination of liquid ingr’s with reserved alcohol until smooth. Add this to fruit/nut mixture; mix well until fully combined and all fruits and nuts are coated with batter.
  7. Evenly spread the thick batter mixture into prepared pan.
  8. Bake at 300 F degrees until top of fruitcake is lightly browned and pulling away from sides of the pan, about 65 to 75 minutes.
  9. Remove pan from oven; cool on a wire rack 10 to 20 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
  10. Wrap in muslin or several layers of cheesecloth. Douse the cakes with a mixture of the three alcohols, place each cake into sealed baggie. Keep cakes in cool, dark cupboard.
  11. Every 3-4 days dribble a mixture of the three alcohols onto tops of each cake, letting it run down sides. Do this for two months before Christmas gifting time.
  12. Serve thin slices of the F-Cake, plain or with hard sauce or cream cheese sugar glaze.
Recipe Notes

This fruitcake is wall to wall fruits and nuts, with only enough batter to hold it together. Mix a spare amount of dry/wet/egg ingredients in relation to the amount of fruit and nuts.

**For a sublime taste treat, forego any sugar frosting and top each slice of F-Cake with a slice of soft Brie Cheese.
Also, kick up your presentation by baking individual cup-fruitcakes or bake in a traditional ring pan.
You may also deck the cake tops with alcohol marinated candied fruits. ….or arrange a couple of tiny toy palm trees on each cake top to complete the fruity booze crooze effect.

By GBZ