I Fell In Love With A Fruitcake-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die
Tasty Tuesday- MEGabite #41 or 62 counting down- Pecan Fruitcake at Priester’s Pecans.
In case you do not this on your Hallmark calendar, get out your pen because December 27th is National Fruitcake Day.
I have to admit that while I was driving to Fort Deposit, I was having a lot of negative thoughts about trying this dish. Such as, who likes fruitcake anyway? How can a food with glowing fruit, that lasts for years be palatable? Is fruitcake one word or two? I’m going to hate trying this. Yes, the idea that I might love this try seemed nuttier than a fruitcake.
Far from being the only negative Nellie on the planet, A Huffington Post article sums up societal views on the fruitcake. “Fruitcake is easily the most hated cake in the existence of baking…” This cake is shot out of cannons, re-wrapped and the same cake re-gifted for years. Fruitcake is used as a verbal insult, the star of an annual fruitcake toss and the butt of many jokes in our culture. Many people blame the jokes of former Late Night television show host Johnny Carson, for the downfall of fruitcake; “Look at the world as a big fruitcake, it wouldn’t be complete without a few nuts in it.” “The worst gift is fruitcake…. there is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.”
For this post I spent some time learning about all things fruitcakery, I now believe the downfall of fruitcake in current generations is a case of another good food ruined by modern ingredients and industrialization.
Had it not been for my goal to try 100 Dishes, I NEVER would have tried this cake. I absolutely LOVED it! As did my less food adventurous husband, I now know that there IS good fruitcake, in fact GREAT. Who knew?
The fruitcake was not at all like a brick. It was a heavier bread, think banana bread with a lot of nuts or cranberry bread with a lot of cranberries and nuts. The taste reminded me a bit of a fig newton, cookie, which I love. I simply could not put my finger on the flavor. Maybe it was the raisins with the rum, or the blackberry wine. Or perhaps it was their secret old family recipe of glaze topping? I could really taste the pecan flavor and yet it all blended perfectly. The pineapple flavor along with the red and green cherries gave this bread sweetness but not too much. I thought I might pick out the cherries but when I tasted this bread, it was just fantastic. Delicious, right on Alabama!
MEGastars; I was shocked that I loved this cake, I am giving this dish a 4 MEGastars **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/OR highlights Alabama Pride.
Here are other things that I learned from my Priester’s Pecan visit.
- Visit Priester’s and try this dish with an open mind.
- Priester’s Pecans is located along the busy Mobile to Chicago I-65. Exit 142 on Alabama Hwy 185: 80 Bishop Bottom Rd.
- I was unable to buy a slice. you are able to order a fruitcake for $52.99, (WOWZA) there is a smaller version in the freezer for about 10.99. I understand from the staff that “once in a while it is on the board,” meaning one could purchase a slice. I also learned that a sudden market developed in Asia and that pecan prices had skyrocketed. Think I will get farming.
- This is one of two dishes on “The 100” Try their pralines while you are there and look for my future praline Tasty Tuesday.
- Alabama or Auburn fan? You will enjoy the shop.
- Although Priesters Pecans has many recipes on their website, I did not find this particular recipe. These are the ingredients; pecans, Pineapple, Crushed Pineapple, (pineapple, pineapple juice) Eggs, sugar, plain flour (wheat flour bleached malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine, mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid) Red cherries, green cherries, raisins, rum, blackberry wine, baking powder.
- I LOVED The Fruitcake Lady, who became a star on Jay Leno. Aside from being an ambassador for fruitcake, she was hilarious and I absolutely love and miss her humor. Need to ease some Christmas stress. You Tube her videos.
- Fact-She was Truman Capote’s Aunt.
- Fact -2 She was from nearby Monroeville, Alabama
- Link to You tube Fruitcake Lady
- My favorite fruitcake hater moment is when Pee Wee Herman becomes the recipient of fruitcake gifts, again and again and makes use of them by building a wing for his playhouse. You tube Pee Wee Herman Two Fruitcakes
- Huffington Post source Source
This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post. If you are new to my 100 Dishes in Alabama escapade, this may be helpful. *100 Dishes to eat in Alabama before you die is a compilation of food to chow down on Bama style. Thanks to Tourism Alabama, www.alabama.travel my Alabama bucket list just became a little easier. I am going to have some fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home. You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York. From the little old diner to the white cloth joint, it is an opportunity to explore and experience pride in the food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ cook to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama. From this list, I select visits based on convenience of location and they are in no particular order. I already have a few favorites and perhaps when I finish this list, I will rank my favorite dishes.
I use a 5 MEGastar system. I am not a food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on my experience. I try to follow my star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes on this list.
- *meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can. The place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in Alabama. This has happened to me a few times and it is a difficult write.
- ** passable – the food was ok and above happened but the place or vice versa
- *** good but not outstanding or unique
- **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/OR highlights Alabama Pride.
- ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. OR, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else