How to cook a Sook’s Famous “Christmas Memory” Fruitcake – Baked Goods

Cooking Category Baked Goods
Recipe Name

Sook’s Famous “Christmas Memory” Fruitcake


2 1/2 lb Brazil nuts
2 1/2 lb White and dark raisins;
-mixed 1/2 lb Candied cherries
1/2 lb Candied pineapple
1 lb Citron
1/2 lb Blanched almonds
1/2 lb Pecan halves
1/2 lb Black walnuts
1/2 lb Dried figs
1 tb Nutmeg
1 tb Cloves
2 tb Grated bitter chocolate
8 oz Grape jelly
8 oz Grape juice
8 oz Bourbon whisky
1 tb Cinnamon
1 tb Allspice
2 c Butter
2 c Sugar
12 Eggs
4 c Flour
Cut the fruits and nuts into small pieces, and coat them with some of the flour. Cream the butter and sugar together, adding one egg at a time, beating well. Add the rest of the flour. Add the floured fruits and nuts, spices, seasoning, and flavorings. Mix by hand. Line a large cake tin with wax paper, grease, then flour. Pour the mixture into the pan and put it in a steamer over cold water. Close the steamer and bring the water to a rolling boil. Lower the heat and steam the cake for about four-and-one-half hours. Preheat oven to around 250 degrees, and bake for one hour. From “Sook’s Cookbook” ISBN 0-929264-56-8 and made famous in Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” —–