Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.
Well, it’s Christmastime, and apparently that means fruitcake is back in the national conscience. Here’s some questions about it. Enjoy!
1. What name is given to the red or yellow or green chunks found in a fruitcake, taken from the name of a fruit whose peel was used to make the pectin-rich blocks?
2. Name the Georgia city that has been edited out of this photo. Thanks to its bakery, it calls itself the “Fruitcake Capital of the World”.
3. Today eaten on Easter Sunday, but traditionally eaten on Mother Sunday (which is three weeks before Easter), name this Irish fruitcake topped with eleven marzipan balls, representing the 11 non-evil apostles of Jesus.
4. Name the fourth-largest city in Scotland, which names the cake seen here, a fruitcake eaten around Christmas and topped with almonds. Oh, and the cutting tool in this picture? That’s not a knife.
5. Name the American author with two connections to fruitcake: (1) He’s the author of the 1956 short story “A Christmas Memory”, where a six-year-old boy makes fruitcakes with his elderly cousin to pass out to friends and strangers and (2) He was the nephew of Marie Rudisill, an elderly woman who appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno originally to show how to make fruitcakes, but appeared in many future installments as a sage master of wisdom named “The Fruitcake Lady”.
6. Along with the ampersand, what two letters appear in the name of this brandy, which of course is used to help keep the shelf life of fruitcake in the three-digit range.
3. Simnel cake
4. Dundee cake
5. Truman Capote