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Here you will discover what is said to be "the best fruitcake that exists!".*

Handcrafted in small batches, my cake is aged from several months to years, allowing for the dark-moist texture. I use only premier quality dried fruits and nuts which are mascerated with various alcohols, contributing to an unparalleled taste experience.

Reward your colleagues and clientele by offering them only the finest homemade baked good, KEN'S Fruitcake, each one made with care.

* PHILIPPE MOLLÉ, Le Montréal Gourmand, ULYSSE ISBN 978-2-89464-565-9

Available at:
Boulanger Bassin B&B, 4293 rue de Brebeuf, Montreal Qc H2J 3K6
(between Rachel St. East and Marie-Anne St. East)
or by calling 514 525-0854
during regular business hours and weekends from 10 a.m.
or ken@bbassin.com for mail order
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Also available:
Chez LATINA 185 St-Viateur St. West, Montreal H2T 2L4 — 514.273.6561

In Magog:
Espace Gourmand Épicerie Fine,
408 Principale St West, Magog J1X2A9 — 819.847.4000

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FRUITCAKE LORE

The origin of my Cake is traced to the ancient Trypillian Civilization of Ukraine. A Honeycake or Medvnyk was prepared following each Harvest. Nuts were collected and fruits preserved to last over winter. Each year, the previous year's cake was eaten in celebration of another successful Harvest or Kupalo. This region became the Bread Basket of Continental Europe. Some claim the oldest reference to Fruitcake dates to Roman Times. Pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and raisins were mixed in a barley mash then combined with honey, spices,and preserved fruits. This dense cake could sustain those on the move for a very long time..

In the 1400's spices and dried fruits arrived in Britain. Thus began the British fascination for spiced cake. Pope Innocent VIII, 1432-1492, in his Butter Letter or Butterbrief, sent permission to Saxony stating: "milk and butter could once again be used in the North German Stollen Fruitcakes". During the 18th century, Fruitcakes were outlawed entirely throughout Continental Europe. They were considered as "sinfully rich" and laws were passed to prohibit their existence.

Between 1837 and 1901, Victorian England popularized the Fruitcake. It was customary for unwed women of the time to place a slice of dark traditional wedding cake under their pillow whilst they slept so they would dream of the man they hoped one day to marry. From this time onward, the British Fruitcake became the Hallmark of their Culinary Tradition.

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Ken’s Fruitcake is a rich and wholesome wonder, made with the finest ingredients available. Home-crafted, Ken’s Fruitcake is a luxury item made to be enjoyed on festive occasions. They are created from recipes handed down in the European baking tradition.

Handcrafted in small quantities, this gastronomic labour of love boasts nuanced aromas of dark berries with hints of spirits, syrups and spices. Each loaf weighs 900 grams. Each is aged for months, allowing for the natural fruit juices to combine and transform sugars into flavours. Only through the aging process can Ken’s achieve the subtle savors, dark semi-moist texture and consistency akin to mature Ports or Classic Vintages.

Absent in this marvel are the candied fruits and artificial flavouring commonly found in mass produced varieties. Ken’s is a premium cake, a celebration of uncompromising taste and quality.

It is recommended that Ken’s Fruitcake be served at room temperature, in slices of 15 mm.

When stored in a cool dry place, shelf-life is two years. It may be accompanied with either foie gras, an aged Cheddar or, with Maple Syrup. It is best enjoyed with one’s favorite beverage. Ken’s Fruitcake is a limited item sold with a 100% guarantee of satisfaction and enjoyment.


Remembering a time...

My grandmother often told us the story of the bakery her parents, Bohdan and Catherine had in Vienna 150 years ago.
Their eldest daughter Julia attended a prestigious ballet school with members of the Austrian aristocracy and she introduced some of them to the family's Fruitcake.

One noble family commissioned a wedding cake. The Emperor tasted some and enjoyed it. My relatives became suppliers of fruitcake to the Court. Their commerce lasted many years. Later in the 19th century, their children would flee Austria for Canada and settle on the Canadian Prairie. One of the daughters – my mother – moved to Toronto during the Second World War.

I settled in Montreal in the 1970's. I have modified the family recipe by adding cranberries and replacing the honey with maple syrup..

I know you will enjoy it!

Ken

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Culinary Review...
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Fringe Food
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CORPORATE GIFTING
Wholesale prices for orders greater than 4 dozen cakes

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MAIL ORDER
Canada $53.35
Includes Handling and Shipping. Payment by check, PayPal, Certapay.

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k 10 FLAVOURS — 900 g

1. CLASSIC (photo)
with Pure Maple Syrup
INGREDIENTS: WHOLE EGGS, UNBLEACHED FLOUR, BROWN SUGAR, CRANBERRIES, JUMBO, GOLDEN AND SULTANA RAISINS, APRICOTS, CHERRIES, FIGS, BLACK CURRANTS, BRAZIL NUTS, WALNUTS, BUTTER, LARD, MOLASSES, MAPLE SYRUP, RUM, BRANDY, KIRSCH, CINNAMON, NUTMEG, ALLSPICE.
young or aged $45 - $50

2. VEGETAL CLASSIC
with Pure Maple Syrup
INGREDIENTS: WHOLE EGGS, UNBLEACHED FLOUR, BROWN SUGAR, CRANBERRIES, JUMBO, GOLDEN AND SULTANA RAISINS, APRICOTS, CHERRIES, BLACK CURRANTS, BRAZIL NUTS, WALNUTS, BUTTER, SHORTENING, FIGS, MOLASSES, MAPLE SYRUP, RUM, BRANDY, KIRSCH, CINNAMON, NUTMEG, ALLSPICE.
young only $40

3. ÉPIPHANIE
cherry/cranberry
INGREDIENTS: CHERRIES, CRANBERRIES, WHOLE EGGS, UNBLEACHED FLOUR, BROWN SUGAR, GREEN, GOLDEN AND THOMPSON RAISINS, BLACK CURRANTS, BRAZIL NUTS, PECANS, BUTTER, SHORTENING, HONEY, HIBISCUS, CITRONELLE, LIME KAFFIR, KIRSCH, RUM, BRANDY.
young only $45

4. JUBILÉ
fig/pear/poppy seed
INGREDIENTS: FIGS, PEARS, WHOLE EGGS, UNBLEACHED FLOUR, BROWN SUGAR, GREEN, GOLDEN AND THOMPSON RAISINS, BLACK CURRANTS, BUTTER, SHORTENING, HONEY, PECANS, WALNUTS, BRAZIL NUTS, POPPY SEEDS, STAR ANISE, NIGELLA, KIRSCH, RUM, BRANDY.
young only
$40

5. PIMIHKAN
mango/prune
INGREDIENTS: MANGOS, PRUNES, WHOLE EGGS, UNBLEACHED FLOUR, BROWN SUGAR, GREEN, GOLDEN AND THOMPSON RAISINS, BLACK CURRANTS, WALNUTS, BRAZIL NUTS, BUTTER, SHORTENING, HONEY, STAR ANISE, TAILED PEPPER, TONKA BEAN, RUM, BRANDY, KIRSCH.
young only $40

6. SASKATCHEWAN
saskatoon berry/apricot

INGREDIENTS: SASKATOON BERRIES, APRICOTS, WHOLE EGGS, UNBLEACHED FLOUR, BROWN SUGAR, GREEN,GOLDEN AND THOMPSON RAISINS, MACADAMIA NUTS, WALNUTS, BUTTER, SHORTENING, HONEY, TONKA BEAN, LONG & TAILED PEPPER, CARDAMOM, KIRSCH, RUM, BRANDY.
young or aged $40 - $45

7. TOLEDO
inca berry/apple

INGREDIENTS: INCA BERRIES, APPLES, WHOLE EGGS, UNBLEACHED FLOUR, BROWN SUGAR, GREEN, GOLDEN AND THOMPSON RAISINS, BLACK CURRANTS, BUTTER, SHORTENING, HONEY, PECANS, BRAZIL NUTS, MACADAMIA NUTS, TAILED PEPPER, CARDAMOM, KIRSCH, RUM, BRANDY

young or aged $42 - $45

8. TRINITÉ
macademia/pecan/brazil nut

INGREDIENTS: PECANS, MACADAMIA NUTS, BRAZIL NUTS, WHOLE EGGS, UNBLEACHED FLOUR, BROWN SUGAR, GREEN, GOLDEN AND THOMPSON RAISINS, BLACK CURRANTS, BUTTER, SHORTENING,
HONEY, POPPY SEEDS, GINGER, TONKA BEAN, TAILED PEPPER, KIRSCH, RUM, BRANDY.
young only $55

9. SKVORTSOV
haskap berry/apricot
INGREDIENTS: HASKAP BERRIES, APRICOTS, WHOLE EGGS, UNBLEACHED FLOUR, BROWN SUGAR, GREEN,GOLDEN AND THOMPSON RAISINS, MACADAMIA NUTS, WALNUTS, BUTTER, SHORTENING, MAPLE SYRUP, TONKA BEAN, LONG & TAILED PEPPER, CARDAMOM, KIRSCH, RUM, BRANDY.
young only $45

10. TOUCAN
bahian chocolate/ginger
INGREDIENTS: WHOLE EGGS, UNBLEACHED FLOUR, BROWN SUGAR, ROASTED HAZELNUTS, CHERRIES, SULTANA AND THOMPSON RAISINS, BLACK CURRANTS, BUTTER, SHORTENING, DARK CHOCOLATE, GINGER, COCOA, NIBS, MAPLE SYRUP, RUM, KIRSCH, BRANDY.

young only $45

Also available :

The Duo délices
contains 2 flavours,
each 450 grams
Trinité / Épiphanie young $55
Toledo / Pimihkan young $42
Skvortov / Toucan aged $50
Saskatchewan / Jubilé aged $45
Toucan / Épiphanie aged $50
Classic / Skvortov aged $45
Classic / Toucan aged $45
Classic / Tundra aged $45
Classic / Jubilé aged $42
The 6 délices
contains 6 flavours,
each 150 grams young $50 or aged $55

New Flavour for 2013
TUNDRA swiss milk chocolate/haskap
aged $45

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING.