October 20th Brandied Fruit Day

Today is your opportunity to eat some healthy fruit and get buzzed at the same time! Sound like a winner, well it is! Now it takes a little prep work though. You need to soak your fruit in brandy until it’s reached the desired amount of brandy (This may vary per person) Then add a little sugar, if you want, and let it dry (Or don’t) and enjoy. Now if you like, you can even skip the fruit part and just drink the brandy, but it will leave you hungry so I suggest the fruit. And if you are health aware… skip the brandy and just eat the fruit. But if you do either of those you won’t enjoy the day as it is meant, and it is meant for enjoying! You will need to monitor your intake.

How to celebrate – Brandy some fruit. Take a risk and brandy some vegetables. Taste test.

September 24th National Cherries Jubilee Day

Well, if you are going to have a dessert, this is a good one to have! You get the sweetness of ripe cherries, the bite of cognac or brandy, and the balance of vanilla ice cream all to savor. And… You can set it on fire! Presentation is half of the enjoyment! Though kids love this, it’s meant for adults. I found no real history on cherries jubilee, I would bet it’s a French thing. Anyway, it’s a fun dessert and works either during the heat of summer or the cold of winter.

How to celebrate – Have some cherries jubilee! Try another fruit instead of cherries – raspberry jubilee, kiwi jubilee, blueberry jubilee. Forget the cherries and vanilla ice cream and just go for the cognac or brandy!

October 20th National Brandied Fruit Day

If you like brandy and you like fruit, today is your day. It’s one of those rare times when you can eat healthy and get drunk at the same time. The nice thing about brandy is that it really doesn’t effect the fruit’s taste all that much. Okay so maybe it does but if you have enough of it nothing really matters.

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You can use any type of fruit, well maybe not bananas, but any berry. A banana would soak up too much brandy. If you want to brandy your fruit, here’s a recipe. But isn’t fruit cake actually brandied fruit? Or maybe whiskied fruit. (There is no such word as wiskied)

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No one has claimed Brandied Fruit Day, probably because they were to drunk to remember they created it. Peaches and pears, raspberries and blueberries and yes if your really want to use bananas you can but they might be a little mushy.

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It’s a great way to pass  the holidays coming up. And if any one ever asks if you’ve been drinking you can say no without lying. And when you add the brandy, it will last for next to forever! What’s the holidays without a little holiday cheer!

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How to celebrate – Brandy some fruit for you and your family. (No minors please) Remember brandy will burn so if you want some flaming dish, you got it! Make sure yo use a decent brandy, if you don’t like the brandy by itself you probably won’t like the brandied fruit either.

December 27th National Fruitcake Day

There are so many wonderful traditions involved with Christmas. The Christmas Tree, Decorations, Presents… the Fruitcake. Okay, well maybe not the fruitcake but it can be really good if you soak it for a few years in brandy! Some choose to use wine! I’ve even had a piece with white lightning that took me a couple of years to recover from.

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The fruitcake has been around since the days of the Roman Empire. I believe a few of the originals still exist! Back then, they used pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins blended into a barley mix. I’m not sure how popular it was but it lasted longer than the Empire did!

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It carried over into the the Middle Ages (perhaps as shields at times for the Knights), but they added fruit, honey and various spices. The fruit had been preserved so that it could be used months after the season had ended.

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As sugar became more available in Europe from the American colonies, the fruit cake became more popular during the 16th century. The recipes began to stabilize and by 1913 the fruit cake became a mail order item. It was a good gift because it could be sent in July and received in December and still be considered fresh! In 1935 the phrase “Nutty as a fruitcake” came into use as companies loaded up the fruitcake with cheap nuts. It wasn’t really any better but it was nutty! Apparently even then people who liked fruitcake were considered a little odd.

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And now we have even turned them into cookies. Wow, I wonder if they last a really, really long time too!?! Well, fruitcake can be good… maybe not a lot of it in one sitting. I know one family who passed around a fruitcake for nearly 10 years, each recipient adding a little more whiskey to it each year until they finally ate it (they ran out of family members to pass it on to). No one remembers how that night ended but they do remember finishing the cake to the very last drop!

How to celebrate – Make your own fruitcake, maybe using the recipe provided. Most fruitcakes are not served with alcohol… find out why? Start your own tradition of handing down the fruitcake to the next generation.