Posted by Scott Gonzalez / Cynthia Rush
I never got to meet Aunt Lela. I heard she was the best fruitcake maker way back when. She had her own particular way and her own particular order of how a fruitcake should be made. It was passed on from Aunt Lela to the Thames family and, when we bought the Thames Nut House, we followed the recipe they had written down.
On my first day as owner of the Nut House, Robert, the plant manager, showed me around. He informed me that we had to fulfill an order for 57,000 fruitcakes and our deadline was two weeks away. We were ill prepared. But, with the help of our new trusted employees, we were able to get all the fruitcakes done on time. I also learned a lot about making fruitcake.
I knew my father hated fruitcake. He compared it to a brick doorstop. We loaded our white fruitcake with freshly made candied cherries, pineapples and pecans. No citron or raisins of any kind. I was surprised at how delicious it was. I gave my Dad a piece and now fruitcake is what he wants me to bring him for Christmas.
We ought to call ours Aunt Lela's pecan cake because we put so many fresh pecans in it. Her recipe was so good it was recognized as the best in the 1989 World's Fair in New Orleans. You can make it even better by pouring bourbon over the top.
For the holidays, Aunt Lela's fruitcake stands alone. Get yours soon from the Nuthouse or Three Georges Candy Store at 26 Dauphin Street in Mobile (251.433.6725). Like us on Facebook to receive special coupons.