Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Day 8 for the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays: Welcome Connie Mercer!
Welcome heART of Scrapbooking's Design Team Queen Connie Mercer! I have to tell you she is amazing. Check out her blog, Crafty Goodies, and you will see all types of crafting going on. Working with Connie one thing I've learned is she loves her family. I highly recommend that you take a few minutes and be inspired by this amazing woman.
Welcome Connie Mercer!
December is finally here and that means Darryl's Fruit Cake to me. I make these lovely's and enjoy them all year long. My family thinks I'm crazy ~ fruit cake is not their thing but with a cup of coffee, on a cold day, and a slice of this goodness it just doesn't get any better than that. I bake them in the small loaf pans ( 2 1/2 x 4 1/2) for 45 minute. When they are done and cooled wrap them in Saran Wrap and then foil and put them in the freezer and take them out one at a time. I'm convinced no weight gain will happen if you follow these instructions!
Darryl's Fruit Cake
1 lb. dates cut in thirds
1/2 C brandy ( cherry or apricot)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 C sugar
3 Tbsp vanilla
2 lbs pecan halves
Mix fruits with brandy and let sit over night ( stir a few times) on kitchen cabinet.
The next day mix flour, baking powder and salt with fruit. Beat eggs stir together with sugar, vanilla ~ add to fruit/flour mixture along with Pecans. Spoon into baking pans lined with wax paper or spray loaf pans with Bakers Pam. Press mixture into pans and bake at 275 degrees. After baking let stand for 5 minutes before removing paper. The fruit cake will be moist and may not seem cooked long enough.
When cool, wrap and refrigerate or freeze. Aging improves the overall flavor!!!
Oh, my goodness I can smell the cake baking throughout the house. I don't know about that weight gain thing, but I'll give it a shot! Mom made fruit cakes when I was growing up. Early on I didn't care for it, but as I grew I loved my mom's and grandmother's fruit cake. I'm going to have to give Connie's recipe a try. It look delish! Thanks for sharing Connie.
Only four more days of the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays and I have some fabulous crafters coming to share. I'll see you tomorrow!