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December is National Fruitcake Month

December is National Fruitcake Month

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And what better way to celebrate National Fruitcake Month than to share not one but TWO of our favorite fruitcake desserts:

 

~ Buttermilk Plum Cake

~ Bacon Apple Fritters with Maple Syrup (side note: December 2nd is National Fritters Day and December 17th is National Maple Syrup Day)

 

But first a little history lesson. According to Wikipedia:

Fruitcake (or fruit cake) is a cake made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts, and spices, and (occasionally) soaked in spirits. In the United Kingdom, certain rich versions may be iced and decorated. Fruit cakes are typically served in celebration of weddings and Christmas. Given their rich nature, fruit cake is most often consumed on its own, as opposed to with condiments (such as butter or cream).

 

So with no further ado, in the spirit of the season, go bake some fruit cakes!

Buttermilk Plum Cake with Holiday Fruit
Buttermilk Plum Cake with Holiday Fruit

Buttermilk Plum Cake

  By Beth Sogaard  , ,

December 2, 2017

This festively spiced, buttery and moist cake has been a family favorite for 3 generations.

  • Yields: 12 servings (1 bundt cake)

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups sugar

2 tsp apple pie spice

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp plain salt

1 cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs

1 cup stewed prunes, pits and skins disgarded

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 cup buttermilk

2 tsp baking soda

1/4 lb butter

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp baking soda

Directions

1Stir together the flour, 2 cups sugar, spices, salt, oil, eggs, prunes and pecans. Stir the 2 teaspoons baking soda into the 1 cup of buttermilk and then add to the cake batter. Pour batter into a greased tube pan with removable bottom or a bundt pan and bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

2Meanwhile, combine the butter and sugar in a small sauce pan. Stir the 1/2 teaspoon baking soda into the 1/2 cup buttermilk and add to the butter and sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute.

3Remove cake from the oven and immediately pour glaze over the top. If using a bundt pan, let cake cool 10 minutes, then turn out onto a serving platter. Pour glaze over the top and sides of the cake.

You may also choose to decorate the cake with dried or candied fruit.

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Fresh delicious homemade warm apple fritters
Fresh delicious homemade warm apple fritters

Bacon Apple Fritters with Maple Syrup

  By Beth Sogaard  , , ,

December 2, 2017

Tart and green granny smith apples are my favorite for this dish.

  • Yields: 18 fritters

Ingredients

4 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

3/8 tsp baking soda

3 large eggs

3/4 cup milk

1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped granny smith apples

3/4 cup apple juice

1 cup maple syrup, plus more to serve

1 cup brown sugar

1 cups chopped cooked bacon

3 tbsp melted butter

vegetable oil, for frying

powdered sugar, to garnish

Directions

1Sift together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda into a large bowl.

2Beat the egg with the milk in a medium bowl. Stir in the apples, apple juice, maple syrup, brown sugar, bacon and melted butter.

3Stir the apple mixture into the dry ingredients just until moistened.

4Heat 3 inches of oil to 350 degrees in a counter top fryer or in a heavy, deep sauce pan or dutch oven. Scoop out heaping tablespoons of batter into the hot oil and fry, turning a couple times, until crisp and cooked through. Drain on paper towels.

5Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

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AUTHOR - Beth Sogaard

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