fruitcake, my take on alton brown's

★★★★★ 1
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By Georgane Vann
from Clifton, TX

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 For fruitcake, my take on alton brown's

  • 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

How To Make fruitcake, my take on alton brown's

  • 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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