Friendship Fruitcake Starter

Alright. Everybody go grab your grocery list real quick. 
Got it?
Buy these simple ingredients.  Can of peaches. Can of apricots. Can of pineapple chunks. Jar of maraschino cherries. I know you have brandy and sugar in the cupboard already.

 I found this on Veronica's blog last week. It's a starter for a fruitcake.  If you want this fruit cake for the holidays, buy the stuff NOW and get it going.  If you're like me and don't care, you can wait if you want.  But don't wait because seriously, did you SEE that cake up there??  That is Veronica's cake.  I haven't made it yet but I've made enough of her recipes to TRUST her when she says that it is completely delicious.

 So I threw the fruit in a bowl, along with the sugar and the brandy.  I'll let it sit on the counter for 3 weeks, drain and voila, I'll have the liquid starter for the cake. 
It's fun and easy.  Plus it smells awesome when you open it up to stir.
Head on over to Veronica's blog to see more scrumptious pictures of her cake.  The cake that YOU WILL HAVE if you listen to us and just get this starter going.

Friendship Fruit Cake Starter

1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 (16 oz) can apricots, drained
1 (16 oz) can sliced peaches, drained
1 (10 oz) jar maraschino cherries, drained
1 1/4 cups brandy
1 1/4 cups sugar

Combine ingredients in a large glass jar or bowl and stir well.

Store at room temperature, covered with a lid or plastic wrap, for three weeks, stirring at least twice a week. Mixture will become more and more red as time passes.

Drain fruit and reserve the liquid. You should have two cups of liquid, and this is your starter.    The 2 cups of liquid you have now will all be used for candying fruit for the cake.

You can save the sweetened, brandied fruit for another use. I think I'm going to do what Veronica did and turn the fruit into jelly.

Don't forget to head to Veronica's blog and give her some love. She's the inspiration behind all this!!

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