Do you like Fruitcake? I do!

Do you like Fruitcake? I do, especially when it’s served up by author Vicki Batman.

Marian said I could write about… pie

Actually she said write about whatever I wanted. So before I fell asleep last night, thoughts about this blog wound through my head and P-I-E appeared. Me oh Mi, I love my pie.

 

According to Wikipedia: The Pilgrim fathers and early settlers brought their pie recipes with them to America, adapting to the ingredients and techniques available to them in the New World. Their first pies were based on berries and fruits pointed out to them by the Native North Americans. Pies allowed colonial cooks to stretch ingredients and also used round shallow pans to literally “cut corners,” and create a regional variation of shallow pie. Here’s the link for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie

But I digress. We want to talk goodies.

When younger, my favorite pie was good old-fashioned apple. My mom was a great dessert maker, and pies were no exception. From recipes found in her Betty Crocker cookbook, she also made a wide variety of custard pies. For example: chocolate and lemon with mile-high meringue. Occasionally, she trotted out banana, but not my favorite. Bananas were best when fresh from the peeling. Or coconut. Nah, not the best unnnnntill I went to a local restaurant with a friend and… OMG, now that was coconut custard.  Sorry mom.

She didn’t make peach much. She made a cake cobbler with peaches instead. We adored that. Her pecan pie was outstanding.

I’m not a pumpkin pie fan. Handsome and my boys love it, but not me.

Several years ago, a friend turned me on to her Cranberry Crumble. So in case you are wondering what to do with that huge bag of berries, try this:

Cranberry Crumble, serves 6-8, delicious with whipped cream

2 C fresh cranberries

1 egg

1/3 C pus ½ C sugar (you can use a tad less if you want)

½ c flour

½ c walnuts or pecans, chopped

¼ c margarine or butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8 inch pie plate with non-stick spray. Put cranberries in pie plate. Sprinkle with 1/3 C of sugar and ½ C chopped nuts.

Beat egg well, adding ½ C of sugar. Add flour and melted margarine or butter. Beat until thoroughly incorporated. Pour over berries. Dough is stiff and sticky.

Bake 45 minutes. Crust should be golden brown. Serve warm.

 

What is your favorite pie?

 

I also love fruitcake! And based on that love, I wrote “The Great Fruitcake Bake-off,” a romantic comedy set at holiday time. Blurb: To defend her five wins, Samantha Greene, has to find a new entry for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off and teams up with new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, only what they discover is baking a award-winning entry can be complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and ultimately, first prize isn’t just about a ribbon.

 

Here’s an excerpt:

“I am not entering this year.” Standing firm, I crossed my arms and pinned an unbreakable stare on Bethany, my co-worker and long-time friend who lived in the same apartment complex as me. We’d arrived early for work and were piddling over coffee in her cubical like we always did before getting to the nuts and bolts of company business. I added, “Period.”

She rolled her eyes in that I’m so not believing this fashion and tweaked the Santa garland decorating her cube’s walls. “Why not, Samantha? You should be proud to be the five-time winner of the Great Fruitcake Bake-off. You’re a-a…” her words trailed off as she searched the ceiling for the ultimate in descriptive, “legend.”

“Is being a legend in the fruitcake world a good thing?” I let loose a long exhale, dropping my arms to my side. “It’s exhausting. Finding the perfect recipe, then bake and exhibit it. The tension cuts into my holiday enjoyment. Besides, shouldn’t somebody else win?”

Bethany’s fists went to her hips. “Sam, we’re talking fruitcake here. It’s not groundbreaking like, like the Declaration of Independence or…the Pyramids.”

I set my hand to my breastbone. “I’m shocked to hear you, my very best confidant since dance school days, say that. Fruitcake is the cake of all time. It dates to–”

She bobbed her head. “I know, I know. To the sixteenth century.”

I raised my finger. “It gets a bad–”

“Rap.” She sighed, a soul searching blow of breath which told the world I’ve heard this issue before. “You always say that. You also always say you love participating; yet, you’re not defending your title this year.” She bore a laser-like glare into me.

I tossed my hands skywards, sending a plea to the heavens to find an answer. “I’ve used up all of Grammie’s recipes. I don’t know where to find a new one.”

“You could start over with the first confection you entered five years ago, couldn’t you?”

“I suppose, but it seems like cheating…in a weird way. And I don’t cheat.”

 

Hilarious—right? To preorder “The Great Fruitcake Bake-off,” go to: http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/coming-soon/the-great-fruitcake-bake-off-detail/

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19 Responses to Do you like Fruitcake? I do!

  1. salsha says:

    I love this fruitcake and one’s favourite cake. Thanks for your reseips

  2. J.Q. Rose says:

    Pie? Hmm, the only one I don’t like is rhubarb, oh yes, and gooseberry. But I’m up for ALL the rest of ’em!! Your Fruitcake books sounds delightful. Have fun with it!

    • vicki batman says:

      Hi, J. Q. Rose and thank you for stopping by! I’ve had gooseberry on desserts, but not in a pie. And come to think of it, not rhubarb pie either. I have had rhubarb cake and it was delightful. Thank you so much. You know The Great Fruitcake Bake-off is going to be fun!

  3. Marianne Stephens says:

    Not a fruitcake lover, but your cranberry crumble sounds easy to make and delicious. Good luck with sales.

    • vicki batman says:

      Hi, Marianne! The crumble is very easy and the batter on top is almost cookie like. I love this and make it every year. It’s even better for breakfast. Thank you for the best wishes. hugs

  4. Fiona McGier says:

    My favorite pie is my family’s favorite: sour cherry pie! Yum! Daughter is coming home for both holidays, and she’s made me promise to bake her one or two. I never liked pumpkin pie until I tried a new recipe, and now my husband and kids like it more than the MIL’s pie, which upsets her no end!

    If you want more recipes, since one of the heroines in one of my recent books bakes pie all through the book, I put the recipes on my website along with my “never-fail” pie crust recipe that I’ve taught to kids as young as 9 years old. Don’t be afraid to try them! Pie -baking isn’t rocket science! If it doesn’t look like a “picture-perfect pie”, but still tastes good, no one will care. And what says “love” more than, “I baked you a pie!”?
    http://www.fionamcgier.com

    • vicki batman says:

      Hi, Fiona! A sour cherry pie sounds incredibly yummy. I will have to check out your recipes. Thank you so much for visiting with me today.

  5. Angela Adams says:

    I have to confess…I like anything pumpkin…pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin muffins, even pumpkin pie ice cream. Thanks for the post (and recipe!).

    • vicki batman says:

      Hi, Angela! Handsome is a huge pumpkin pie fan. And here’s my biggest confession of all time: I’ve never baked one. Really! Never. At my family’s Thanksgiving, each of us brings a veggie and a dessert. My cousin loves to bake pumpkin pies. I bring something else, usually the Cranberry Crunch with freshly made whipped cream OR chocolate dipped fruitcake. Thanks, my friend.

  6. Vicki, I only like pecan pie. Naturally it’s the one with the most calories. Thank you for being here today. I love hosting you.

    • vicki batman says:

      Hi, Marian: I like pecan too. My grandmother used to stir the pecans in the goo so they would distribute throughout the goo. Divine. I’m thinking all pies are high in calories, though. oxoxox

  7. Sandy says:

    Hi Vicki,
    All of the kids in my family had the same favorite pie; milk pie, and it’s not a custard pie. We, also, loved peach, cherry, apple, pecan, pumpkin and a assortment of others. lol None of us liked Rubarb pie. Smile! Grandma’s favorite.

    • vicki batman says:

      Hi, Sandy! Milk pie–I’ve never heard of it. My sister makes a divine buttermilk pie. Would that be similar? Hugs.

  8. I enjoyed reading about the pie’s history in the U.S. Cool.
    I love apple pie. That’s about it, Vicki.
    Patti

    • vicki batman says:

      Hi, Patti! I thought the pie history was fun, too. I had no idea as I’d only grown up with regular dessert pies. I, too, love apple, especially with vanilla ice cream. Hugs.

  9. Janie Emaus says:

    I’m not a big pie lover but I do love cranberries.

  10. Melissa Keir says:

    Who knew fruitcake competitions could be so vicious! But also so heart warming!!
    My grandmother was the big cook in our family. Oh Yum!!

    Best of luck Vicki!

    • vicki batman says:

      hehehe, Melissa! Who knew? Yet, hilarious–right? I mean, really, it’s fruitcake! Thanks for coming by.