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Easy Light Fruit Cake Recipe & A Fruit Cake Baking Kit


[1] Make a fruit cake look dazzling with a Bundt pan and a topping of frosted grapes (all photos © King Arthur Baking).


[2] This fruit cake is made with a kit and recipe. Get one for yourself or as a gift.


[3] The Golden Fruitcake Kit has the essentials you need to bake the cake.


[4] A quick fruitcake that’s less sweet, dense and spicy. The recipe is at the right.


[5] Homemade candied cherries. Here’s the recipe.


[5] You can garnish the fruit cake with coarse sparkling sugar, available at retailers or online from King Arthur Baking.

 

National Fruitcake Day is December 24th, but we didn’t want to wait to share these recipes. If you’ve always wanted to bake a fruit cake but have hesitated, hesitate no more. King Arthur Baking* has put together a bundle that makes it a cinch to produce a beautiful, delicious fruit cake easily at home.

The essentials are bundled together (photo #3), including a recipe and a lovely star-shaped baking pan (photo #2) that you can use for other cakes year-round.

You can get the Golden Fruitcake Bundle here, for yourself or as a gift.

Plus, there’s an easy fruit cake recipe below.

So is it fruitcake or fruit cake? Both are correct, although we prefer the more elegant-appearing two-word form.

Before you proceed to the recipe, and additional frut cake recipes below, check out:

> Beverages To Serve With Fruitcake

> The History Of Fruitcake
 
 
RECIPE: QUICK FRUIT BREAD (FRUITCAKE)

Some fruitcakes, made with less sugar, are called fruit breads. This quick and easy batter bread is packed with fruit and nuts, but is less sweet and very mildly spiced, unlike traditional fruitcakes.

If you find traditional fruit cake cloyingly sweet, too heavy, and too packed with candied fruits, this recipe is for you.

It’s a great cake—or bread—for dessert, breakfast, brunch, coffee breaks, or snacks.

You can serve it a la mode with caramel sauce, custard sauce, or raspberry purée. And for a different texture, you can toast the slices.

Thanks to King Arthur Baking for the recipe.
 
Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons (113g) butter, at room temperature, at least 65°F
  • 3/4 cup (149g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups (180g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (256g) crushed pineapple, undrained (1 small can)
  • 1 cup (113g to 170g) dried fruit, of your choice
  • 1/2 cup (57g) diced walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup (99g) red candied cherries†, each cut in half
  • Optional: 1-1/2 tablespoons coarse sparkling sugar, for topping
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.

    2. PLACE the butter, granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, salt, and vanilla in a bowl, and beat till smooth.

    3. ADD the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour, stirring to combine.

    4. STIR in the undrained crushed pineapple. Stir in the fruits, nuts, and candied cherries.

    5. SPOON the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Sprinkle with coarse white sparkling sugar, if desired.

    6. BAKE for 60 minutes, then tent the cake with aluminum foil. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

    7. REMOVE the cake from the oven. After 20 minutes loosen its sides, and turn it out of the pan onto a rack to cool. Cool the cake completely before slicing.
     
     
    RECIPE #2: FRUIT CAKE CUPCAKES

    1. PREPARE the cake batter according to the recipe instructions, and scoop a heaping 3 tablespoons of batter into the wells of a cupcake pan (a jumbo cookie scoop heaped with batter works well here). You’ll be baking another batch, so about half of the batter will remain.

    2. BAKE the cupcakes for 15 to 18 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack, and after 5 minutes turn the cakes out onto the rack to cool completely.
     
     
    MORE FRUIT CAKE RECIPES

  • Custard Sauce For Fruitcake
  • ‘Fruitcake’ Ice Cream
  • Sour Cream Fruitcake Recipe (light and airy)
  • Fruitcake Milkshake Recipe
  • Cookbook: Fruit Cake ~ Recipes For The Curious Baker: 75 Fruitcake Recipes
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    *Formerly King Arthur Flour.

    †Candied cherries can be found at most supermarkets and online. You can also make your own with this DIY Candied Cherries recipe.

     

     
     

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    Bacon Lollipops Recipe: Thick-Cut Bacon On A Stick

    Our mouth began to water when we saw these Vanilla Bourbon Bacon Lollipops on MackenzieLtd.com. Thick slabs of smoked Danish bacon are slow-cooked with a vanilla-bourbon glaze for a sweet, smoky flavor. You can use the vanilla-bourbon sauce as a glaze, to drizzle over the bacon, or as a dipping sauce.

    Either way, it’s a treat for any bacon lover. You just heat and serve the lollipops for an appetizer or snack everyone will rave about.

    “Absolutely wonderful,” “Beyond amazing,” and “Yummiest ever” are just three of the many happy customer reviews.

    Get your bacon lollipops here.

    Or, you can make your own.

    Do you need Danish bacon*? No. Any thick-cut bacon will do.
     
     
    RECIPE: BOURBON VANILLA DANISH LOLLIPOPS

    This recipe is from Rodelle Kitchen, makers of three varieties of pure vanilla extract.

    Rodelle suggests that you can pair this candied bacon with some their stout brownies recipe or vanilla bean ice cream.

    How to serve the lollipops?

  • You can cut a fruit in half—a large apple, orange, grapefruit, or a small melon—and insert the lollipop sticks in them.
  • You use a squash or an unsliced loaf of bread like a round sourdough for the same purpose.
  • You can use a wide-mouth jar or small vase.
  • Or, you can simply lie them flat on a serving plate—atop a large doily, if you have one.
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    Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 pound thick-sliced bacon
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 375°F. In a medium saucepan, heat the bourbon and vanilla extract until boiling. Reduce the heat and simmer until reduced to ½ cup. Let cool slightly.

    2. PLACE the brown sugar on a plate. Coat the bacon on both sides with the bourbon-vanilla sauce. Then place the coated bacon onto the brown sugar, patting it down to make the sugar adheres. Repeat on the other side.

    3. LINE a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a rack on top. Place the bacon on the rack and bake until it is crispy and cooked through, about 20 to 25 minutes.
     
    Dipping Sauce

    No dipping sauce is required, but if you want one, honey mustard is a good choice.

    You can make honey mustard by mixing honey into Dijon or other mustard, to taste.

    Try 1 tablespoon honey to 2 tablespoons mustard to see how you like the proportion.

    You can also make a low-glycemic version with agave or an artificial sweetener.
     
     
    > THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BACON
     
     
    > THE HISTORY OF BACON

     
     
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    *Danish bacon is bacon made from pigs raised in Denmark. Unlike American bacon, which is cut from the belly, Danish bacon is cut from the loin of the pig. It tends to be meatier than American bacon, which is called streaky bacon in the U.K. because of the amount of fat striation..

     


    [1] Thick-cut bacon with a vanilla-bourbon glaze: Splendid (photo © Mackenzie Ltd).


    [2] Since Bourbon goes into the glaze, you may want to serve it with the bacon lollipop appetizers.


    [3] Dark brown sugar has a higher percentage of molasses than light brown sugar, and thus a deeper flavor (photo © Panther Media | Grafvision).


    [4] Never be tempted so save money by purchasing imitation vanilla extract. Always buy the real thing: pure vanilla extract (photo © Rodelle Kitchen).

     

     
     

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    Food Fun: Aldi’s Christmas-Flavored Goat Cheese Logs


    [1] Aldi’s Eggnog Goat Cheese Log (photos #1 and #2 © Aldi).


    [2] The gingerbread log. All three log flavors are four ounces.


    [3] Serve with crackers that aren’t noticeably salted; plus honey, raisins and other dried fruits, and nuts (photo © Belle Chevre).

     

    You never know what surprise items you’ll find at an Aldi store. In the cheese aisle, goat cheese lovers can currently find goat logs in three fun holiday flavors that are new this season:

  • Cranberry Stuffing Goat Cheese
  • Gingerbread Goat Cheese
  • Eggnog Goat Cheese
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    That makes for sweet goat cheese on a cheese plate or a charcuterie board, with nuts and fruits. You can serve them with graham crackers for dessert. Or, how about these recipe ideas:
     
     
    WAYS TO SERVE SWEET GOAT CHEESE

  • For breakfast: With bagels, croissants and toast, in a cheese omelet, mixed into scrambled egg batter or sprinkled on top of the cooked eggs.
  • On a sandwich: These sweet cheese flavors pair with ham and turkey.
  • Pasta: Create a dessert pasta dish with bowties, small shells or other shape, raspberry purée, and crumbled sweet goat cheese. You can grate chocolate over the top!
  • With salads: Crumble atop mixed greens or a spinach salad. Add sliced or matchstick beets: They’re a beautiful pairing with any fresh goat cheese, as are pecans, pistachios, walnuts and other nuts.
  • For dinner: Stuff into chicken breasts and ravioli. Crumble onto asparagus and grilled vegetables. Stuff a baked potato or sweet potato.
  • For dessert: Serve a disc drizzled with honey, with or without nuts and fresh or dried fruit (fresh berries pair well).
  • Baked: In quiches, soufflés, tartlets and turnovers.
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    > Head to Aldi.com for the location nearest to you.
     
     
    MORE GOAT CHEESE LOG RECIPES

  • “Edible Art” Decorated Goat Cheese Logs
  • Herb-, Fruit- & Spice-Coated Goat Cheese Logs
  • Honey Drizzled Goat Cheese Logs

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    > THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHEESE
     
     
    > THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF GOAT CHEESE
     
     
    > THE HISTORY OF CHEESE
     
     
    > GOAT CHEESE PAIRINGS WITH [OTHER] FOOD & WINE

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    *Notes from Aldi: Available while quantities last. Items are limited and may not be available in all stores. We reserve the right to limit quantities sold. Prices and labels may vary by location.

     

     
     

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    Gourmet Omnom Chocolate From Iceland For Christmas & All Winter Long

    Omnom, the delightful Icelandic chocolate line that was our recent Top Pick Of The Week, has a special holiday collection of three bars—dark, milk and white chocolate—that are a treat for the chocolate lover.

    The Winter Collection draws inspiration from Icelandic festive traditions. Packaged in Omnom’s stunning artwork, as are all the bars, (we think the outer packaging is too nice to throw away), it’s a feast to look at as well as to eat.
     
     
    CHOCOLATE BARS FOR THE HOLIDAYS & WINTER

    The Winter Collection 2021

    The Winter Collection includes three chocolate bars (photo #1):

  • Dark Nibs + Raspberry, a dazzling combination of flavors that you can [fortunately] purchase year-round (photo #2).
  • Milk + Cookies in a holiday version, with the cookie portion slightly enhanced with gingerbread slices.
  • Spiced White + Caramel, the caramel being crunchy tiny chips that stud the white chocolate (photo #3).
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    Individual Bars

    Of course, you can buy individual bars for stocking stuffers. It’s hard to choose, so here are our must-have favorites:

  • For dark chocolate lovers: Dark Nibs + Raspberry
  • For milk chocolate lovers: Sea Salted Almonds
  • For coffee lovers: Coffee + Milk
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    There are also three-bar collections of single origin chocolate:

  • Dark Chocolate: Madagascar 66%, Nicaragua 73%, Tanzania 70%
  • Milk Chocolate: Dark Milk of Tanzania 65%, Milk of Madagascar 45% Milk of Nicaragua 50%
  • Favourite Collection: Coffee + Milk, Lakkrís [Licorice] + Sea Salt, Madagascar 66%
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    GET YOUR OMNOM BARS & GIFTS

    Head to OmnomChocolate.com.

    Don’t worry: It’s already here in the U.S. headquarters. You don’t have to worry about shipping from Iceland.

    Lay in a supply to warm you on cold winter nights.
     
     
    MORE ABOUT CHOCOLATE
     
    > CHOCOLATE TYPES & TERMS
     
    > CHOCOLATE HISTORY

     
    [1] The Winter Collection Box holds three flavored bars, in dark, milk and white chocolate (all photos © Omnom Chocolate).


    [2] Dark chocolate with cacao nibs and dried raspberry bits is a heavenly combination of flavors.


    [3] The winter white chocolate bar has bits of crunchy caramel.

     
     
     
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    Sfoglini Organic Artisan Pasta Gifts & Pasta Of The Month Club


    [1] Sfoglini artisan pasta makes beautiful shapes like these reginetti, ribbon-shape pasta, shown here with black truffles. It’s a gourmet’s fantasy realized (all photos © Sfoglini Pasta except as noted).


    [2] The Pasta-Of-The-Month Club delivers two boxes of artisan pasta each month.


    [3] The famous dish Cacio e Pepe, madw with trumpet pasta. Here’s the recipe.


    [4] Flower shaped rye trumpets are made from stone ground organic whole rye flour, grown in New York’s Hudson Valley.


    [5] These cuttlefish spaccatelli are made with black cuttlefish ink. Cuttlefish and squid are cousins. Here’s the difference. Spaccatelli, sometimes called strozzapreti (“priest’s collars”), resemble a rolled-up scroll.


    [6] One of our favorite shapes, zucca, Italian for pumpkins, have eye appeal and are a shape to sink one’s teath into.


    [7] Malloreddus, sometimes called gnocchetti sardi (small Sardinian gnocchi), are popular Sardinian pasta in the shape of thin ribbed shells. Malloreddus is derived from the Latin for “small morsel.”

     

    For a pasta lover with a good palate, there’s no better gift than artisan pasta made with old-school Italian techniques: the best wheat, traditional bronze dies and plates, slow-drying at a low temperature to preserve both flavor and nutrients. (The original pasta noodles were hung over rods and lines to air dry.)

    The result: great flavor and an appropriately rough texture that makes the sauce stick.

    Sfoglini (sfo-LEE-nee) pastas are made with organic grains grown on North American farms and milled in the U.S.

    It’s our Top Pick of The Week.

    The dough is extruded through bronze dies, slow-dried, and packaged in New York’s Hudson Valley, an artisan food mecca.

    The wheat and other grains are the best in North American. The grains are organic, and include conventional semolina plus einkorn, emmer, rye, spelt, and whole-grain flours.

    In Italian, a sfoglina is someone who makes sfoglia, a family of Italian pastas.

    A sfoglina (sfo-LEE-na) is historically seen as a middle-aged woman who kneads and spreads out the dough with a rolling pin on a pastry board.

    At Sfoglini, there are two men who carry on the tradition: chef Steve Gonzalez and creative director Scott Ketchum.

    Every sfoglina from the old country would be proud of their work.
     
     
    ARTISAN PASTA VARIETIES

    Oh, what a choice of shapes, flavors, and grains! Where to begin? We had to use the “eeny, meeny, miney, mo” technique.

    While it may be relatively easy to eyeball this list, when you see all the boxes on the website, the going gets tough.

    Semolina Shapes

  • Beet Fusilli
  • Cascatelli
  • Cavatello
  • Cuttlefish Ink Spaccatelli
  • Fusilli
  • Macaroni
  • Porcini Trumpets
  • Radiators
  • Reginetti
  • Rigatoni
  • Saffron Malloreddus
  • Small Shells
  • Spaccatelli
  • Sriracha Fusilli
  • Trumpets
  • Zucca
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    Semolina Ribbon Pasta

  • Bucatini
  • Chitarra
  • Fettuccine
  • Spaghetti
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    Other Grains/Blends

  • Einkorn Macaroni
  • Emmer Reginetti
  • Hemp Radiators
  • Hemp Rigatoni
  • Hemp Zucca
  • Rye Trumpets
  • Spelt Fusilli
  • Whole Grain Blend Radiators
  • Whole Grain Blend Reginetti
  • Whole Grain Blend Trumpets
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    GIFT SETS & PASTA-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB

    There are a number of gift sets, including a Kids Pasta Craft Kit, Lobster Dinner Kit and Ultimate Mac & Cheese Kit.

    There’s also a pasta-of-the-month club, for 3- or 6-month subscriptions.

    Each month’s contents are a surprise, including one box of Sfoglini organic semolina pasta, one box of Sfoglini specialty pasta (think grains, flavors, and limited editions).

    Recipe cards are included with each box, with inspiration for scrumptious dishes. You can add ingredients and choose sauces to customize each recipe.

    In order to keep the boxes vegan, the Cuttlefish Spaccatelli, made with cuttlefish ink, won’t be included.

    Thus, vegans, vegetarians, and those with seafood allergies can enjoy each box of pasta without worry.

    (There are no gluten-free options.)

    There are also quite a few recipes on the website.
     
     
    BUY THEM AT SFOGLINI.COM & FINE RETAILERS NATIONWIDE.
     
     
    > THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PASTA
     
     
    > THE HISTORY OF PASTA
     
     
     
     
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