Fruit Cake, Fall & Pat Altschul

Bravo Television Commentary, Homemaking, Recipes

For those of you who write, you will understand my current predicament. I haven’t written for a while – therefore I can’t write – therefore I haven’t written – therefore….. You get it. Chicken – egg. Chicken – egg.

Now, abruptly changing subjects…

This morning I scrolled through Twitter to find that Southern Charm’s Patricia Altschul recently put out feelers for a great fruit cake recipe with lots of nuts.

As much as everyone wants to hold on to summer, we can’t deny that fall is (almost) upon us. I thought posting my fruit cake recipe might help me mentally prepare for the holiday season ahead and, maybe, help crack my writers block.

I did my very best to perfect this recipe last fall when my life as an empty nester began and I had time to start perfecting things.

This is for you Miss Pat. I hope it does not disappoint.

Nutty Fruit Cake

Base: A good pound cake recipe  (Yes, I sometimes use a box mix). Boxed or homemade, follow cake directions then add Pinches of Cinnamon and Allspice to taste, One Large Egg, 1/3 c Dark Rum, 1/4 cup Brandy, 2 Tsp Heavy Whipping Cream, 1 tsp Soy Sauce

Into the batter, fold 3 Heaping Tsps each: Candied Mango, Dried Cherries, Dried Apricot, Dried Currants, Dried Cranberries, Chopped Pistachios, Chopped Hazelnuts plus 1 c Chopped Pecans and 1tsp Lemon Zest

Bake in a buttered pan according to your pound cake recipe

With a fork or toothpick, carefully pierce top of warm cake several times before adding glaze

Glaze: Heat 1/2 stick butter until it’s very slighty browned. Immediately whisk in 3 Tsps dark brown sugar, 3 Tsps Dark Rum, 2 Tsps Sherry, 3 Tsps Tangerine Juice, 1 tsp Tangerine Zest. Remove from heat when sugar is dissolved. Spoon over cake

Allow to cool and slice with a sharp knife

 

Enjoy

 

10 Reasons Pat Altschul Is The Ultimate Southern Lady

Bravo Television Commentary

BRAVO Television fans have come to know and love Whitney Sudler-Smith’s mother, the divine Pat Altschul, duing five successful seasons of Southern Charm. Mrs. Altschul oozes all things that make southern ladies a special breed. Here are ten examples of why she is a splendid example of the southern lady.

  1. She speaks her mind with confidence, resolve, and wit.
  2. She hosts the most luscious parties.
  3. She believes in the institution of marriage and is not afraid to share her views with her younger cast mates.
  4. She has raised a son who has impecable taste and manners.
  5. She’s an animal lover and activist (and her dog and cat caftans are gorgeous).
  6. She’s an eternal optimist. “Eat, Drink and Re-Marry” is one of her mantras.
  7. She remained friends with her son’s father post divoce.
  8. She shares her wisdom and advice without being aggressive or stuffy.
  9. She’s a master of etiquette and keeps traditional decorum alive.
  10. Her magnificient home is a graceful nod to the south’s past, present and future.

Thank you Miss Pat for the entertainment and education.