Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Perfect Gift

With all the best ingredients piled high on the kitchen island, I began the day after I ran into Dean. Digging through my old recipe book, I had come across one recipe in particular which I thought would make the perfect gift.  It was my MIL's handwritten Fruitcake recipe and if you knew my MIL, you would know it would make the perfect gift.





HOWEVER (note the big "however")....

I knew there was a problem when I saw the batter nearing the top of the 4 1/2 quart stainless mixing bowl and still add more ingredients to add! So, after transferring the thick, fragrant beige colored batter into the largest bowl I own, I became concerned.  So I did what any baker would do. I took out more pans and prepped them too.





Well, nine small loaf pans and a ten inch tube pan later, they were placed in the convection oven, following my MIL's directions to the letter. Hesitant to set the time to 3 hours as her instructions said, I did, knowing she was a great cook and everything she made was just heavenly.



Soon the entire house was oh so fragrant. Three hours later when the timer went off and I placed the treasures on the island to cool, I knew one of these would be the perfect gift for my fruitcake loving friend.

But it was when the doorbell rang that I knew I would have my concerns about it's flavor taken care of.  It was OS (Other Son) who is the best guinea pig taste tester ever.  He was more than willing to give it a try!  In fact, he ate one entire small loaf!!


Now because I had so many, the following day when I went to the gym, I asked my friends who liked fruitcake. Believe it or not , I now have a list of recipients who were willing to help me out!


Whatever you do this Christmas, do it from the heart.
It makes the perfect gift.


Merry Christmas everyone!





9 comments:

eileeninmd said...

YUMMY! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Linda said...

What a great Christmas story, JP! And the fruitcakes look devine! I won't ask for the recipe, since I am the only fruitcake lover in our family. Have a very Merry Christmas! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Delores said...

The old time cooks didn't fool around with recipes....they were meant to feed a small army.

Sandra said...

they are beautiful. my mother made hers in the round pans with the whole in the middle and her one mix up made 4 of those... she baked them right after thanksgiving and stored them in tins...

..."E"... Beth Edwards said...

Merry Christmas to you!! i love seeing what is cooking (baking) it folks ovens. i have been doing cookies, pumpkin bread & did a couple sweet potatoes the other night. got to plan tonights supper. i have a no clue moment. nuts!! ( :

..."E"... Beth Edwards said...

oh i should have said, at least it is snowing on your blog, i don't think it will snow any where around here any time soon??! nuts. i wanted a white Christmas. i keep hoping. no luck yet. ( :

Frank said...

Hi JP, just dropped by to wish you, the Pres and all the family a Happy Christmas.

Rambling Woods said...

Looks yummy.... Merry Christmads dear JP. ... Michelle

Ann said...

Wow, that recipe made a lot of fruitcake. Making these is a nice way for you to spend some time with your MIL for Christmas. :)

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