How to Make Delicious Homemade Fruitcake for Christmas | Smart Cookie | Allrecipes.com

How to Make Delicious Homemade Fruitcake for Christmas | Smart Cookie | Allrecipes.com


(upbeat festive music) – It’s Christmas time! And today we are making
the most controversial, the most maligned Christmas
dessert of all of them. The fruitcake. We’re gonna start with a
whole host of dried fruits. Now, key, cruc to this: we’re not using any of the neon stuff that you probably
associate with a fruitcake. We’re gonna use naturally dried fruits and personally I think that that is where the fruitcake has gotten bad rap. I think it’s because we started using stuff that wasn’t natural anymore. So, first thing’s first; some dates, some dried cherries, raisins. I know what fruit is, that’s a raisin. Dried blueberries, fancy. Apricot and crystallized ginger. So we’re gonna soak these overnight with two different things. One of them is a really strong chai tea. Like, I let this steep for too long. And then most importantly, some booze. So we got some good old Captain Morgan. Oh yeah, spiced rum. I mean, this is the key to
our good fruitcake honestly. It’s the dried fruit but it’s also just as much the booze. Now, if you’re like, “I don’t drink,” you could double up the amount of tea, you could add orange juice or apple juice, there’s plenty of ways if you’re like not a person that wants
any booze in there. That’s totally fine. All you’re gonna do once
this has been stirred up, you’re just gonna cover
it with some saran warp and then you’re gonna
let it soak overnight. Which I’ve already done. ♪ Do do do ♪ So once it’s soaked overnight, we’re gonna pour all of our
fruit that’s soaked over here and we’re gonna also
add the tea and the rum that it’s been soaking in. No reason to get rid of that. Fruit! Cinnamon stick! We’re gonna add some extra sugar, some OJ, and we’re gonna add our butter. Perfect! Final step, we’re just gonna
zest an orange and a lemon. Smart cookie fact of the day: fruitcake is very popular in Britain. In fact, it is so popular it was served at both Princess Diana and
Kate Middleton’s weddings. It can’t be that bad if
like royalty is eating it at their wedding,
it’s not that bad, okay? We have melted our butter. We have let this concoction cool now. And now it’s time to make a cake. Super simple, you don’t
even need a mixer for this. Truly, this could not be easier. All right, flour. Baking soda, baking power, equal parts. A little bit of salt, cloves. We’ve got cinnamon and nutmeg. All right, so we’re gonna
give this guy a stir. Ooh, here’s another smart
cookie fact of the day! Did you know that fruitcake
even went to space on the Apollo 11 trip to the moon? They had a piece of pineapple fruitcake that went with them, but
apparently nobody wanted that fruitcake ’cause
now it’s just on display at the Smithsonian. So, mooncake? I’m gonna fish my little
cinnamon stick buddy outta there. So, this is our butter and
our OJ and all of our fruit. Whoa boy, making a mess. We just gotta mix it up now. Two eggs. It doesn’t look that appetizing. It’s gonna be fine, okay? Calm down out there, internet world. Final step: gotta add some nuts! These are roasted, unsalted, mixed nuts. Okay! (laughing) I’m sorry. We are gonna separate
the batter into these four mini loaf pans,
but first baker’s toy. Let me go shout out. (coughing) It’s booze, it’s fruit, it’s flour. I realize that this looks
like baby food, I know, you know, I know, your mama
knows, everybody knows. It’s gon’ be fine. If you wanna live on the edge and pour this out of a bowl, you do
you, but I’m a little scared. So, this is a fun thing we’re doing now. Look, every once in awhile
it doesn’t look good but it tastes good. I feel like this is one
of those moments, okay? So these are gonna bake
for an hour at 350. Great! Okay, so, we have just baked these. They have been cooling about 10-15 minutes so they’re still a little warm. So now we’re just going
to try to flip them out. There it is. Yes! See? So cute! Gift giveable. One more last very important step. We gotta add some more booze. I know the fruit soaked in it, but now what you really
need is to let it soak in. So, I’ll tell you the
caveat with these guys. The most important step. You could, you could eat these now, and I’m sure they would be good. But ideally, six to eight weeks. That’s why these are such a good gift because they require a lot of time and a lot of resources. After these are brushed,
you’ll wanna go ahead and put them in a baggie,
in a gallon-sized baggie, and then put ’em in your fridge for the next month and a half, literally. So, I know it sounds crazy
and you’re gonna be like, “Those are gonna mold”. They’re not because sugar and alcohol are both preservatives. And in the fridge nothing’s gonna happen except intensify those flavors. Well, hey, guys, it’s been awhile! So nice of you to join me again. It’s on a pair of a glasses! I love this thing. All right, legitimately I
made these like a month ago when I came up with this recipe. So, these have been curing in
my fridge for like a month. I think that these are great for gifts, so we’re gonna package ’em up. But before we do that, just
for a little extra pretty, I think we’re gonna put a little
old powdered sugar on ’em. Oh, look at that snow,
look at that holiday snow! Perfect. Look how pretty those are. Here we go. The true test, what does this taste like? I’m going in, I’m getting a slice. Pretty delicious, I’m not gonna lie. Like, there’s so much going on with this. It’s fruity, it’s nutty,
you can definitely taste the orange juice and the great thing is I think that the flavor of the rum really just enhances everything. It’s not overpowering. It’s pretty good. I mean, I hope that you will try this. I think that it’s got
a lotta staying power both in your fridge and in history. If you enjoy this recipe and this video please make sure that you
like, share, subscribe, ring the bell on YouTube, all that stuff! Happy holidays, everybody! Be me and Santa hanging out all Christmas. (cheerful festive music)

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