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Ernie Polanskas, bakery manager at the Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Va., holds one of the 10,000 fruitcakes the abbey sells to buyers all over the world yearly. Mr. Polanskas does his baking in a huge industrial-sized oven the abbey bought back in the 1960s to bake bread before switching to fruitcake production. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Ernie Polanskas, bakery manager at the Holy Cross Abbey bakery in Berryville, Va., holds one of the famous fruitcakes made by the monks on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. He says that they use a recipe that they got from Betty Crocker back in the 1960s which they have tweaked a little over the years. Their fruitcake is two-thirds candied fruits and nuts, and he says this fact, along with the fact that they steam it while they bake it, keeps it really moist. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)