Fruitcake. Whether you love it or you hate it this classic dessert always seems to make it way to the Christmas table. The traditional mix of candied and dried fruit, nuts and spices is usually more alcoholic than one of Clinton’s cocktails and often comes topped with a thick coating of icing.
However, this dessert’s history extends far beyond the American Christmas table and can be traced back to ancient Rome. The earliest recipe lists pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, raisins and mashed barley as some of the main ingredients.
It was reinvented over the ages and adapted in many different countries depending on the available ingredients and church regulations. For a period during the 1400s the church banned butter as part of an ongoing fast. Finally, in 1490 Pope Innocent VIII granted Saxony permission to use butter for their festive fruit cake, or stollen.
While many holiday desserts come and go this classic is sure to stick around. So, enjoy a slice this holiday.