“I am the worst, most well-intentioned gift giver ever. Distracted by the idea of seeking out that perfectly tailored personal item, I usually end up getting nothing. I’ve never sent a holiday card in my life—though I finally have some cute kids of my own to show off. What I’ve had luck at, and thoroughly enjoyed, is transforming my kitchen into a production-line facility for the manufacture of a little holiday sweetness—English chutney or marmalade, say—to be labeled and given away as party favors or shipped off to faraway friends.
This year, I decided, would be the year of fruitcake. Yes, fruitcake: that perennially regifted sticky-sweet brick packed with electric-green candied ‘cherries.’ The thing is, I really like the idea of fruitcake, but I’d never met one that didn’t freak me out. So the double challenge of rehabilitating this justly maligned holiday punch line and finding a recipe that actually tasted good and could be replicated to deliver to everyone on my gift list was just the kind of immodest, kitchen-destroying, weekend-consuming insanity I live for.
One thing I knew: I couldn’t do it alone. A mission like this required a mentor. So I called pastry chef Christina Tosi, owner of Momofuku Milk Bars in New York and Toronto and my new fruitcake rabbi.” (read more)
(Adam Sachs / Yahoo! Food / December 9, 2014)