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Post# 363418   12/11/2016 at 14:33 (554 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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Who makes them?  What kinds?

  I have to make some for a little luncheon/get together tomorrow at the college.

  My late grandfather had a bakery, and taught several of us how to make wonderful things. Also,  growing up in a very Italian town, we learned a lot of Italian things, as well.

  Today, the Kitchenaid mixer is whirring.  Over the holidays,  I'll be making:

Italian pepper cookies, tadals (anisette) sugar (cutouts), pizzelles, almond, vanilla, and Toll House.

 Of course, Irish sodabread ans Zuchinni bread are almost a weekly thing here.


Post# 363422 , Reply# 1   12/11/2016 at 14:59 (554 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
My Kitchen Aid

got a work out today also. I made fruitcake cookies with dried apricots, cherries, figs and nuts, and fig hamantaschen with cream cheese cookie dough.

Post# 363451 , Reply# 2   12/12/2016 at 09:29 (554 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Mike! That all sounds wonderful.

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My aunt in N Carolina made a great fruitcake in her day.
In Ireland, they frost fruitcake, calling it, "Christmas Cake". It is the traditional wedding cake there as well. That is something I've kept away from, although, I don't really know why, as I love fruitcake. (I know some, too). Another story.. another time.
I don't cook regularly, BUT, when I do, I use everything. Suffice it to say: it is very well-equipped.
And, let's face it, you want to have nice equipment.

Post# 363459 , Reply# 3   12/12/2016 at 11:15 (554 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

When my grandmother was still alive in the 60's, every yr she would bring a rum-soaked fruitcake. Also these rum ball cookies. They were so strong with rum that as a boy, I'd get a little tipsy eating them all. Every yr they got a little stronger, poor gal. Probably forgot how much rum to She was Scotch-Irish.


Since I'm raising my baby grandson, we do basic sugar cookies with fun cut-outs and frost them. He insists on helping with the dishes and is good here when you're 2 1/2.



Post# 363479 , Reply# 4   12/12/2016 at 15:05 (553 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        

makes everything better!

Post# 363488 , Reply# 5   12/12/2016 at 19:42 (553 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Evenings too!! I love to bake this time of year, but the stiff and painfull fingers/ wrists is a challenge this year. More rum! Or meds :(

Post# 363501 , Reply# 6   12/13/2016 at 07:16 (553 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Arthritis David?

Be glad you aren't around here then. It's 13 f. this morning, and this climate is bad for arthritics. I'm not much younger than you, and am very thankfull I still have full mobility.
My mom had it in her knees, like my grandmother did also. They suffered terrible.

Post# 363502 , Reply# 7   12/13/2016 at 08:24 (553 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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No age comments, just had a big one!

Post# 363520 , Reply# 8   12/13/2016 at 14:44 (552 days old) by Vinvac (Dubuque IA)        

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I have never like fruitcake...

Now Date filled pinwheel cookies, sugar cookies, we are talking..

Post# 363523 , Reply# 9   12/13/2016 at 14:58 (552 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
fruitcake was

the first wedding cake in old England. Most hate it, but made with out that yucky citron, and with figs, apricots, cherries, and actual cake batter and nuts it is good.
Also Pizzales and anise flavored S cookies, and poticca nutroll from czeckaslovakia, and fudge.

Post# 363581 , Reply# 10   12/14/2016 at 08:44 (552 days old) by portable (Tucson, AZ)        

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My grandmother made butter cookies. All of us kids still make them. At almost the end of my cookie-making this week, my cookie press broke. Oh well.

Post# 363587 , Reply# 11   12/14/2016 at 11:05 (552 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
I hear that....


a lot about fruitcake. I guess it's one of those things that you're passionate about, or you hate it.......doesn't seem to be a middle ground. I will say that the stuff they make at the usual grocery store generic bakery is not really representative of true fruitcake.


My grandmother's rum fruitcake is the best I ever that's my litmus test of




Post# 363603 , Reply# 12   12/14/2016 at 14:08 (551 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
The old

Jane Parker fruitcakes A&P used to sell were pretty good.
If no one ate them and you still had it around by spring, the birds would.

Post# 363673 , Reply# 13   12/15/2016 at 21:00 (550 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
AHHH A and P Jane Parker

We had one every year until the A and Ps all closed in NC..I LOVE fruitcake.

Post# 363675 , Reply# 14   12/15/2016 at 21:18 (550 days old) by pr-21 (Middletown, OH)        

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We didn't have fruitcake, my mom made a homemade Applesauce Nut Cake. It had raisins, walnuts, applesauce, nutmeg, cinnamin, flour and sugar and eggs. It makes a huge cake, mom used an angle food cake pan to make hers. I use a molded bundt cake pan and put the remainder in a oblong square shaped glass baking dish. This makes the small one to keep and the cake to take to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Takes approx 1 hr and 15 min to bake.


I just talked myself into making one for Christmas.

Post# 363676 , Reply# 15   12/15/2016 at 21:39 (550 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I have made

The applesauce cake also, its VERY good, Also a Southern thing is a dried apple stack cake, it has 7 or 8 layers of a thin molasses cookie type cake filled with cooked dried apples...very good but takes a lot of work to make.

Post# 363718 , Reply# 16   12/16/2016 at 21:04 (549 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I love fruitcake also but only the dark kind not the light. Both my mom and grandmother made delicious fruitcake. I've never attempted to make it.


Post# 363731 , Reply# 17   12/17/2016 at 00:27 (549 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

I abhor the light kind....don't consider them 'true' fruitcakes. A fruitcake is supposed to be so rich, you have trouble getting through one slice. The light ones you can eat like



Post# 363743 , Reply# 18   12/17/2016 at 11:49 (549 days old) by dysonman1 (undisclosed)        

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I love to bake Fruitcake. The secret is in the batter. It should just hold the fruit and nuts together.

My great aunt taught me how to make a Hungarian Christmas cookie called "kipfulls". I don't know how to spell it in Hungarian, but that's what the name sounds like. It's a sweet 'pie dough' make with leaf lard (from the Butcher), rolled out and filled with either a ground nut/condensed milk mixture, or a cooked apricot mixture, then formed into crescents and baked. A little powdered sugar on top. We used to put them in metal tins and give them to friends and family. The hardest part was finding a butcher who would save that lard. Doesn't work with Crisco or even regular lard.

Post# 363762 , Reply# 19   12/17/2016 at 18:36 (548 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

Congratulations on your "Big one" Glad to see another December Birthday here. I just hit the big 50 on December 8th. I too am starting to feel the aches and pains of years of janitorial work.

Post# 363763 , Reply# 20   12/17/2016 at 18:40 (548 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

As for the Christmas cookies. I always like to have some Toffee bars. Like the jelly button cookies, Pecan Fingers and some good sugar cookies. Those are staples in our family. We try others each year and see if we like them.

Post# 363765 , Reply# 21   12/17/2016 at 19:19 (548 days old) by Caligula (Benton, Pa)        
To kirby519 and suckolux.

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Post# 363766 , Reply# 22   12/17/2016 at 19:20 (548 days old) by Caligula (Benton, Pa)        

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And I'm another one who loves fruitcake.

Post# 363767 , Reply# 23   12/17/2016 at 19:24 (548 days old) by Caligula (Benton, Pa)        

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Wait till you hit 66, then the aches and pains really kick in. Add to that the hearing and eyesight starts to fade.

Post# 363784 , Reply# 24   12/18/2016 at 06:14 (548 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
happy Birthday,

and Happy Holidays all.
A cousin, only 61 passed away recently of cancer. Never smoked, drank, or was ever over weight.
Alex, You've got ten years on me, and I already use reading glasses.
I hope we see 80, or more, but we just never know.
Doctor Heimlich died Friday, he was 96.

Post# 363830 , Reply# 25   12/18/2016 at 20:43 (547 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

I know about the aging thing. I have helped many a senior citizen. I'm taking it as gracefully as I can. I have been advised by those with the experience and wisdom that is all you can do and worrying about it doesn't stop it. And thank you for the happy birthday wishes.

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