Holiday baking input
I'm starting to plan for my frenzy of holiday baking and gift-giving and need some recipe advice.
Last year, I made my father-in-laws favorite very traditional (i.e., pre-war english bookbook) English Christmas Cake for everyone. This is highly sought-after in South Africa, where we spent the previous 11 Christmases, and extremely delicious (being filled with real dried and candied fruit as opposed to glaceed cherries in unnatural hues) so I gave nary a thought to it being confused with what is called fruit cake here.
Unfortunately, there were two major hurdles for most recipients before they could even test if they liked it or not. If they managed to get through the hard Royal Icing shell (and without being pricked by the holly) and past the stereotypical aversion to anything called "fruitcake", they probably tasted it and loved it. Certainly the generous lashings of brandy applied over the month before shipping would have had a mellowing effect. However, overall we seemed to have a 50-70% hit rate and in some circles I became known as the weird old auntie who sends fruitcakes in the mail.
This year, I'm looking to do something more universally acceptable, and will save my Christmas cakes for those "in the know" and those with English backgrounds. DH suggested stollen would be a better alternative for the fruitcake-resistant.
Which FINALLY brings me to the point of writing to this forum.....
Do any of you have a stollen recipe you recommend highly? The more traditional the better IMO. Or another Christmas-related treat that would ship well across the USA? If all else fails, I may turn to my second option - candies.