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retro spotted: gala fruit cakes

December 21

As Christmas nears, thoughts are turning to laying out a grand holiday meal in all its splendor.  Reading cook books from days gone past can spawn some great ideas for modern adaptations but some of those retro recipes are often best left in the past. Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Cook Book does have some fun fare to try, but there is slim chance I’ll be resurrecting the fruit cake.

I think for  a lot of merry-makers, Christmas cakes have mostly faded from any glory they possibly once held, like the faded pages of this 1970s reprint of the 1959 original. But if anyone still hankers for a brick of a nostalgic yuletide dessert, here are some gala fruit cake recipes  – knock yourself out. What makes them gala, I’m not certain. Just don’t forget your pearls.

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