Fruitcakes

The often maligned fruitcake gets the star treatment from SAVEUR magazine. Try these 7 recipes for the holidays or any time of year.

Orange, Pineapple, and Walnut Fruitcake

Orange, Pineapple, and Walnut Fruitcake
Sweet, spiced, and dense, with a bright rum glaze, a sophisticated take on classic Christmas fruitcake is a perfect holiday treat for giving as a gift—or for keeping to yourself. Get the recipe for Orange, Pineapple, and Walnut FruitcakeHelen Rosner

Apple and Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes

Apple and Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes
This recipe, from Fore Street restaurant in Portland, Maine, calls for using six 4" steel blini pans. But you can make a single cake in an 8" cast-iron skillet, if you prefer. If fresh or frozen cranberries aren't available, use reconstituted dried berries. Get the recipe for Apple and Cranberry Upside-Down Cakes »Khushbu Shah

Dried Apricot and Fig Clafoutis

Fruit Cake Clafoutis
Clafoutis is a French dessert that's trickier to pronounce than to make. A simple mixture of flour, eggs, dairy, and a little sugar, it's like a pancake, but more custardy, and it's baked instead of griddled. It looks and tastes impressive the way classic French desserts often do, but it's simple enough to whip up any weeknight. Rum-soaked dried apricots, figs, and raisins add their caramelized and honeyed flavors to this creamy version, perfect for cold weather when there's no fresh fruit around. Get the recipe for Dried Apricot and Fig Clafoutis »Matt Taylor-Gross

The Ultimate Fruitcake

Houseman's Fruitcake
Fruitcake has a bad rap. But if you take the care to find good ingredients, or make them yourself (re: roast the walnuts, candy the fruit and ginger, and soak your own cherries in rum) like Houseman chef Ned Baldwin does, there's no reason fruitcake can't hold its own against any other holiday dessert. There's also no reason it needs to age for any length of time; even with time to soak in a rum syrup, the cake is ready in days, not weeks. Get the recipe for The Ultimate FruitcakeMatt Taylor-Gross
Holiday Sweet Bread*

Holiday Sweet Bread*

This is an adaptation of a Caribbean cook's generations-old family recipe. See this RecipeChristopher Hirsheimer
Old-Fashioned Genoese Sweet Bread

Old-Fashioned Genoese Sweet Bread

This recipe for the famous Italian Christmas sweet follows the more traditional dense and crumbly version. See this RecipeChristopher Hirsheimer
Friulian Fruitcake

Friulian Fruitcake

This is our version of the traditional Friulian cake made for us by Ennio Furlan at Agriturismo de Carvalho in Friuli. See this RecipePaolo Destefanis