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"best ever christmas fruitcake"

Recipe by
Nancy A.
Wyckoff, NJ

I have to say, despite all the negativity associated with fruitcake, I received this recipe when I was a teenager from someone who told me it had been in her family for decades, and once I tried it, I would love it, and she was right, I did, and so did everyone I have been making it for all these years later, and I'm hoping you would enjoy it too! "Merry Christmas"!

yield 3 loaves (12 slices each)
prep time 35 Min
cook time 2 Hr 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For "best ever christmas fruitcake"

  • 1 c
    golden raisins
  • 2 c
    dark raisins
  • 2 c
    thinly sliced candied pineapple
  • 1 c
    diced candied green cherried
  • 1 c
    diced candied red cherries
  • 1 c
    chopped dried figs
  • 1 c
    peach perserves
  • 3/4 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 c
    coarsley chopped pecans
  • 1 c
    butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1 c
    firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 6

How To Make "best ever christmas fruitcake"

  • 1
    Combine in large bowl, raisins, pineapple, cherries, figs,preserves, brandy, and vanilla. Cover, and let stand at room temperature overnight.
  • 2
    Preheat over to 300 degrees. Grease 3 (approximately 9x5 inch aluminum disposable pans) Add pecans to fruit mixture and set aside.
  • 3
    In large mixer bowl, beat butter, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves until fluffy. In medium bowl, beat sugar and eggs until think and fluffy; add to flour mixture, and stir in fruit until well combined.
  • 4
    Pour into prepared pans, pat down with fingers, and cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 2 hours. Remove foil and continue to make an additional 30 to 40 minutes, until done (when toothpick inserted comes out clean) and golden. Cool completely in pans. Cover with aluminum foil. ( may be stored up to 6 weeks)

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