I know fruitcakes are either a love or hate relationship. The haters recite “stale tasting” in their description of fruitcake. I’m in the ‘love’ category but only for a fresh tasting, delicious fruitcake. Now comes the gluten-free fruitcake and there seems to be dozens of recipes online. Luckily, there are many gluten-free cakes to purchase online or if you are lucky enough to live where there is a gluten-free bakery that carries this holiday treat.
Did you know:
- Fruitcake has a shelf-life of up to 25 years in an airtight container
- The state of Georgia has the most prominent and largest fruitcake manufacturers
- Georgia’s Claxton Bakery founded in 1910
- ‘Monk’s Fruitcakes’ from the Trappist monks at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia
- Roswell’s Marilyn Gluten Free Gourmet, diagnosed with gluten intolerance in 2007, has made it her mission to create a yummy gluten free fruitcake. Her products are sold throughout regional Whole Foods and Kroger locations; but also Georgia’s Piece of Cake, Alon’s Bakery and Mercier Orchards.
- This treat can be traced back to the Romans, then called Satura; because it was long-lasting and nutritious, it was used as a field ration for Roman Troops
- In addition to the Roman Troops feeding on fruitcake, fruitcake has made a longer journey – to space! Even the Apollo 11 mission. It is good for travel because of its shelf life and nutrients; and the fact that it did not require refrigeration or cooking. Collin Street Bakery’s fruitcake made it onto the Apollo 17 moon mission.
I am looking forward to trying a gluten-free fruitcake; adding it back my holiday goodies list!