This fruit cake was very good. Its really an apple-cake with some dried fruit thrown in.
Mis en place. Someone wanted the apple... (and took a bite...)
'Omi Girl' was with me for moral support (despite the apple incident.)
Dried apples, prunes, apricots and medjul dates.
Some step or other...
I added some rum to the hot water when soaking the dried.
The apple-cake part of the deal.
O.K. Here is my one complaint. The flour got in the nooks and crannies of the fruit and nuts and stayed there, even after baking. Thus, there were tiny flour pockets in the cake around some of the gemstones underneath the earth. It did not really affect the taste, however. Was there a reason to add these to the dry ingredients? If they were added to the wet ingredients it would probably not have happened.
The batter or some such.
I could not bring myself to put rum on this perfectly decent cake.
כַּאֲשֶׁר יִמָּצֵא הַתִּירוֹשׁ בָּאֶשְׁכּוֹל, וְאָמַר אַל-תַּשְׁחִיתֵהוּ, כִּי בְרָכָה בּוֹ
'...as you find the grape on its vine, and say, don't ruin it for it (already) great...'
'The Mims' made a lovely pumpkin swirl cheesecake. When I asked her where she got the recipe, she said, "the internet." I'll have to send a thank you note to Al Gore.