Happy holidays!! It's that time of year again--when I break out the mixer and start making all the stuff that will drive me to the gym on January 2. That means Christmas candy. It takes a lot of patience and precision to make candy. So, you may have guessed, I don't do it much. But once a year, my daughters and I descend on the kitchen and spend the day messing up every dish in the house. It makes for an impressive grocery run. Which means you have to keep yourself from choking up at the cash register.
A true Southerner does spend an adequate amount of time barefoot (it gets pretty hot down here), but to approach candy day in anything less than tennis shoes is suicide. If you ignore that rule, the back and legs will spend two days making sure you regret it.
This may sound like too much effort, but I also make rum cake on candy day. Anything that involves rum is worth the effort. My version uses two different kinds. So double the pleasure. Plus half of my Christmas gifts are knocked out in 8 hours at home and I get to spend the day with my girls. Therefore, in the balance of things, candy day is a plus. So is this rum cake.
For the glaze: