The rules were simple: Bring a fruitcake (with recipe) to the given location at the given time. The judges were the lead actors in a play that involved fruitcakes and they were a treat to watch as they were in character the whole time.
There were no limits on what could go in your fruitcake and we were invited to present our recipe to the judges. I took the opportunity to point out that this was from an original 1845 recipe and that it didn't have that sticky, imitation-colored, dried fruit mix or even baking soda or yeast. I emphasized how the fruitcake was baked in August, soaked with brandy (they liked that part!), and wrapped and stored for three months.
The Verdict: In the end, they awarded my fruitcake with the title of "Best Traditional". I was thrilled!
It was a fun day and we were all allowed to taste the entries. You just can't go wrong with that!
|Mine is front row, right|
And now you can call Mrs. Elizabeth Ellicott Lea's recipe, "An Award-Winning Fruitcake!"