We asked some of our favorite food bloggers to share a holiday treat with us over our holiday break. I've been a big fan of librarian Lisa Campbell's food writing ever since her first blog, Pittsburgh Needs Eated. Now she lives in Alabama and blogs at Baking With Lisa, which carries on her dry wit and dramatic photos. Stop by Lisa's blog, and enjoy this post from her — a recipe near and dear to my own heart: fruit cake.
Most of my friends hate fruit cakes. They joke about using them as door stops. They joke about re-gifting them to enemies. I get the impression that if I sent someone a fruit cake, they would most likely write me a thank-you note, then catapult it.
I’m mystified by fruit cake haters. To me, homemade fruit cakes represent abundance and generosity. They’re made with ingredients that, in recent history, would have been considered rare and exotic. They can also get incredibly expensive, which might be why we don’t receive fruit cakes more often.