Love or hate the idea of fruitcake McCall’s decided to share their version of the dreaded fruitcake in their recipe card collection– It would be neatly tucked away in the Holidays section, Card 24-K, titled White Fruitcake. I’m not even sure how it got named White Fruitcake; looking at the recipe photo it doesn’t look white to me…Am I missing something? Clearly, I must be.
In my 44 years, I have suffered a few undesirable slices of this Christmas Season torture called Fruitcake. I’m really not a huge fan of fruitcake and might even bolt right out of the house if you are offering one slither of this cake poison to me.
I am aware that some love fruitcake and I am often told that the mail order cakes sent around the holidays truly do not reflect the taste of a homemade fruitcake. I am also Leary of those folks and mentally scream in my head, “Lies….ALL Lies!!!”
With that said I leave you with this recipe card to find out for yourself if this recipe is tasty or Christmas Season Torture. May the force be with you, my friends. Be sure to share your thoughts on fruitcake in the comments. Do you love them OR do you loath them as I do?
War-time Christmas Recipes 1945
War-time Christmas Recipes 1945 Back
Imagine Christmas time in 1945,Six years of war brought many changes to familiar festive rituals. Christmas celebrations often had to be scaled down or adjusted as restrictions and shortages took hold.
For many families, the most difficult part of a wartime Christmas would be spending the festive season apart from loved ones. Many men were in the armed forces or were prisoners of war. Women might also be away in the services or carrying out war work. Many children spent Christmas away from home as evacuees. By the end of the war, many families might have suffered the death of a family member either in action or from enemy bombing raids.
Luxuries of the Christmas season were especially hard to come by – even basic foods were scarce. People had to find substitutes for key festive ingredients. Gifts were often homemade and practical, children’s toys often made from recycled materials. Cards were smaller and printed on flimsy paper.
In 1941, to conserve paper, the Ministry of Supply decreed that ‘no retailer shall provide any paper for the packing or wrapping of goods excepting food stuffs or articles which the shopkeeper has agreed to deliver’ – this lack of wrapping paper made it difficult to keep Christmas presents a surprise.
As in peacetime, a prominent feature of Christmas during the war was the singing of songs and carols, pantomimes and plays. The BBC also put on a special Christmas Day radio programme. From 1939 onwards this included a Christmas speech by the King, so popular with listeners that it became an annual ritual.
1952 Christmas Mincemeat Cake 1952
This is an ad for Mincemeat Christmas Cake (Woman’s Home Companion, 1952) by Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
ad for Mincemeat Christmas Cake (Woman’s Home Companion, 1952) by Hellmann’s Mayonnaise
Close-up of the ad for Mincemeat Christmas Cake 1952 by Hellmann’s Mayonnaise