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There isn't really enough time before Christmas, but I think I'll give it a try! I combed the web and my cookbook collection, and this is what I've come up with. It's a hybrid of many but based mostly on allrecipes.com/recipe/christmas-fruitcake-2/detail.aspx

Combine and allow to blend for 24 hours:
1/2 cup chopped, dried cherries
1/2 cup chopped, dried mango
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup mixed peel
1/2 cup chopped, dried sultana raisins

(Total: 3 and 1/2 cups of fruit)
1 cup dark rum


Next morning:

Butter two 9 by 3 round pans (or equivalent) and line with parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper.

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Cream together:
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar


Beat in:
4 eggs.

Whisk together:
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice

Stir together:
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses (or honey)
1/4 cup milk


Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture in three additions, alternating with liquid ingredients.

Stir in prepared fruit and rum along with:
1 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans, or almonds)

Scrape batter into prepared pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of rum.

Storing instructions, from the link above:

"Cut out one piece parchment paper and one piece cheesecloth, each large enough to wrap around the cake. Moisten cheesecloth with 1 tablespoon rum. Arrange cheesecloth on top of parchment paper, and unmold cake onto it. Sprinkle top and sides of cake with remaining rum. Wrap the cheesecloth closely to the surface of the cake, then wrap with paper. Place in an airtight tin, and age for at least 10 weeks. If
storing longer, douse with additional rum for every 10 weeks of storage."

Since I don't have time to mellow it for ten weeks, I think I'll poke the cake with a skewer after taking it out of the pans, and pour some rum into the holes,

Any experienced bakers with any warnings, or sage advice?

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These things make the best pot scrubbers, and are super fast and easy to knit.

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Using a worsted weight cotton yarn and a pair of size 7 (4 mm) needles, or something in that ballpark:

Cast on 4 stitches.
Knit first row.
Increase Row: Slip 1 stitch. Pass yarn over. Knit to end of row.
Repeat increase row to 40 stitches.
Decrease Row: Slip 1 stitch. Knit two together. Pass yarn over. Knit two together. Knit to end of row.
Repeat decrease row to 4 stitches.
Cast off.


Darn ends in and then knit another six so that you can have one for each day.

Then knit a few more to give them to people you like. Maybe knit a few more after that to give to people you hate because that can make you feel like a better person.

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