The Christmas rush is through… take some time today to make (or buy) a fruit cake. Trust me…you will NEED it for January 3rd.
Fruitcakes sometimes have a bad reputation. They are re-gifted 30% of the time. If you lived in Ancient Egypt, chances are you would be buried with a fruit cake. It was believed a fruitcake was essential for the voyage to the afterlife.
It is believed the Ancient Romans were the first to bake this fruit and seed laden loaf.
If you bake your own, you can make it more enjoyable by using fruits and nuts everyone will enjoy.
Fruitcake is really just like any other quick bread or loaf cake, only with a lot more fruit and nuts added. You make a simple cake batter, stir in the fruits and nuts, and bake until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
The resulting cake is dense and looks like a beautiful mosaic when sliced, with fruits and nuts in every bite. (Tip: Toss the fruits and nuts in flour before mixing them into the batter. This will help keep them evenly distributed throughout the cake during baking.)
Easy “Fruitcake” Cookies
- Recipe adapted from thespruceeats.com
- 1 cup sugar
- 10 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon soda
- 1/4 cup buttermilk (need a substitution? Use 1 cup buttermilk = 1/4 cup milk PLUS 3/4 cup sour cream)
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 1/2 cup candied cherries
- 1 cup raisins
Steps to these easy cookies:
- Gather your ingredients.
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or grease them lightly.
- In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well blended.
- Reserve about 1 tablespoon of flour in a bowl to toss with the fruit.
- Combine remaining flour with salt and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, alternating with buttermilk.
- Toss fruits in bowl with the reserved flour. Fold the floured fruits and chopped walnuts into cookie batter.
- Drop onto prepared baking sheets with a tablespoon or small cookie scoop, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between cookies.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 12 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Actual baking time depends on size of cookies.
- Cool and enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container.
- Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon each of allspice and nutmeg to the batter for a spiced cookie.
- Make the cookies with all or part brown sugar.
Research other Ancient Egyptian beliefs regarding the afterlife
Survey friends and family about their opinion regarding fruitcake. Graph the results.
Use this WORKSHEET found in our Fruitcake Fun Activity Pack (Available on Teachers pay Teachers)
Read Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake
When you Celebrate both December 27, and January 3rd together you get more bang for your Fruit cake! Be sure to be ready with the Activity pack from Homeschool Holiday.
I hope Fruitcake Day is filled with FUN for you and your learners!
I hope to see you next time for another fun Homeschool Holiday to explore- because there is always something to learn!
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