I have managed to hold on to a limited number of Dark Fruitcakes from 2015, get them while you can! Like the English Plum Puddings that were traditionally made a year ahead, fruitcakes do improve with age. All my cakes rest at least a month before I sell them. In this case, older is better. This is not, as you might think, an attempt to unload last year’s leftovers at premium prices. I actually bake and set aside a certain number every season to age, and it costs a lot to keep them in climate controlled refrigeration all that time, but it’s worth it. Over the last two years the flavor has developed, expanded and become more complex. Like a wine that was fun while young but more serious now that it's aged, these fruitcakes have become a real fruitcake lover's treat.
Ingredients: flour, sugar, butter, eggs, glacéed cherries, dark raisins, currants, dates, prunes, figs, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, coconut, orange juice, molasses, candied ginger, bergamot, blood orange, Buddha's hand citron & Texas lemon peels, pear brandy, port wine, Jack Daniels bourbon, baking powder, spices, salt