Fruitcake, my take on Alton Brown's

Georgane Vann

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@Georgart53

I have never liked fruitcake but saw this the other day and decided I might try it. My main complaint about fruit cake is the radioactive candied fruits used in them. This one uses naturally dried fruits.
I made a few changes. I didn't want to use apricots so I used dried pineapple instead and couldn't find currents so I used regular raisins instead.
Update. I tasted the fruit cake. Really delicious. Soft and moist, loaded with fruit. I'm glad I used the pineapple rather than the apricots. Also one note I wish that I had added more pecans.


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Ingredients

MIX AND SOAK OVERNIGHT

1 c
golden raisins
1 c
regular raisins
1
5 oz bag sunsweet antioxident blend dried fruit includes blueberries, cranberries, cherries and plums
1/2 c
chopped dried pineapple (sunsweet)
zest of one lemon and one orange
1/4 c
candied ginger.... *i didn't use this.
8 oz
golden rum

NEXT DAY

1 c
sugar
1 1/4 stick
butter
1 c
unfiltered apple juice
1/4 tsp
ground cloves
1/2 tsp
allspice ground
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
1 tsp
ground ginger

DRY INGREDIENTS

1 3/4 c
ap flour
1 1/2 tsp
salt
1 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
baking soda
2
eggs

ADD IN

1/2 c
toasted pecans, broken

EXTRAS!

brandy for spritzing

Directions Step-By-Step

1
You should have 4 cups of fruit by the time you add in all the dried fruits. I went on and put in a stainless steel sauce pan and stirred in the rum. sealed with a piece of Press and Seal to keep the alcohol from evaporating. Stirring occasionally to keep all the fruit wet. leave over night
2
Preheat oven to 325 f.
The next day add the "Next Day" ingredients and bring up to a boil then turn down to a simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool to room temp before mixing in with the dry ingredients.
3
Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir in quickly all the fruit mixture. Blend well then add the eggs one at a time incorporating in really good.

Add the nuts and stir well.
4
Spoon into a 10 inch non-stick loaf pan and bak for one hour. The tooth pick test: if it's not clean bake another 10 minutes
I used 6 inch paper crumb cake cups that I got from Amazon. It made 11 of those putting in 2 ice cream scoops of batter in each one. Cooked them for 40 minutes give or take.
cool on a rack. then baste with brandy, When it is completely cool wrap tightly and spritz every couple of days with the brandy over the course of about 2 weeks. This size is great for gifting.

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