$$$,$$$,$$$ FRUITCAKE (unusual and worth it)

Beth M.

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@BakinTime

This is one super fruitcake, not your ordinary dull or hard cake! It was in a magazine and although I don't always have the time or extra money at Christmas time for extravagant things, it was a gift for my husband. He LOVES fruitcake! That's unusual, I know. Check out the ingredients, and if you are interested save it or share it with a friend who loves this kind of cake. It was loaded with good fruit and nuts.


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Serves:

a lot 12-16

Prep:

45 Min

Cook:

1 Hr 30 Min

Ingredients

1/2 pkg
12 oz.pkg. pitted prunes, cut in half
1 c
10 oz. pkg. dried figs, chopped
1 c
6 oz. pkg. dried apricots
1/2 pkg
10 oz. pkg. pitted dates
2 c
pecans
1/2 c
green candied cherries
1/2 c
4 oz. dried lemon peel
1/2 c
candied pineapple wedges
1/2 c
4 oz., dried candied lemon peel

TO MAKE THE BATTER MIX:

1 c
sugar
1 c
shortening
2 c
all purpose flour
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
salt
1 tsp
vanilla
5 large
eggs

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Baking time 1 hr.+ 30 mins. Grease a 10-inch tube pan, and line bottom of pan with foil, grease foil.
2
Note:I reserved the prunes, figs, apricots and some of the pecans, to decorate the baked fruitcake and in Step #7.

In a separate bowl combine dates, cherries, pineapple, dried lemon, candied lemon and some of the chopped pecans. These can be stirred into the batter after mixing it as directed in Step #4
3
In another large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat sugar and shortening until just blended. Increase speed to high, beat until light and fluffy.
4
Add flour,b.powder,salt,vanilla and eggs to the sugar/shortening mixture. Beat at low speed until mixture is just blended. Stir in dried fruit.

Note: Add the mixture of dates,cherries, pineapple,dried lemon,candied lemon and pecans at this point.
5
Spoon into pan and bake, until toothpick inserted in mid-cake comes out clean, about one and a half hours.
6
Cool cake completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and carefully peel of the foil. At this point I added glaze and decorated the cake. Wrap fruitcake in plastic wrap or foil tightly, and refrigerate overnight so cake will be firm and easy to slice.
7
Optional-Glaze: In a small pan heat apricot preserves until just melted, stirring occasionally. Brush cake with half of preserves. Garnish with dried fruit, cherries and pecans.
8
This cake may be made a month in advance or a day ahead.

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