Not Your Typical Holiday Fruitcake

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Holiday traditions are important (and fun) markers of the season.  Whether long-established or recently conceived, pick an activity that you can joyfully call your own.  Make vibrant wreaths or sew a quilt for the local homeless shelter – the options are endless!

This year, I decided to take a page out of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” and try my hand at baking delicious fruitcakes for our family’s Christmas Day luncheon.  The store-bought versions with their strange neon-colored fruit bits have never appealed to me, so I was excited to come across this fabulous homemade recipe from the Beekman Boys (Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge).  Substituting as many organic ingredients as I could, my two fruitcakes are currently “finishing,” which is essentially leaving them alone at room temperature for a few days so the dough becomes moist from the rum-soaked fruit.

It’s not too late to bake your own organic fruitcake for the holidays.  Finishing can be anywhere from 1-3 days, so soak your fruit tonight, bake tomorrow morning and be ready to serve for Christmas dinner on Saturday – or save it for New Year’s festivities.  Bon appetit and happy holidays!

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