Fruit Cake- Grandma Breur's original recipe

Fruit Cake- Grandma Breur's Original Recipe

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Loey Krause


This is the real deal. My grandmother, Anna Breur, was born in the late 1800's, and this is HER grandmother's recipe. I was most fortunate that she taught me the old family recipes when I was a child. The fruitcake traditionally was made shortly before Thanksgiving so it would be "ready" for Christmas.

It's actually an old Dutch recipe, but they don't have that choice in the lists.

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Makes 9 pounds of fruitcake, in several loaf pans. Could be made in small loaf pans and given as gif
1 Hr 30 Min
4 Hr


1/2 lb
1/2 lb
light brown sugar
egg yolks
1 lb
flour (4 cups)
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 c
fruit juice (apricot for light, grape for dark)
1/2 lb
1/2 lb
grapefruit peel
1/4 lb
candied pineapple
1/4 lb
candied cherries
1/4 lb
candied orange peel
1/4 lb
candied lemon peel
1 lb
1/2 lb
1/2 lb
1 lb
seeded raisins
1 lb
seedless raisins
1 lb
nut meats (chopped fine)

How to Make Fruit Cake- Grandma Breur's original recipe


  • 1Cream butter and sugar.
  • 2Add beaten egg yolks.
  • 3Sift flour and spices. Add alternately with fruit juice to the creamed butter.
  • 4Add enough flour to fruits and raisins to cover each piece thoroughly. (This is where the kids get involved. All that fruit gets mixed in one huge bowl, pieces must be separated and coated with flour so they don't stick together.)
  • 5Add all fruits and nuts. Mix thoroughly.
  • 6Grease pans, line with two layers of waxed paper cut to fit pan and extend I inch above top of pan . Grease paper. Fill pan almost full with batter. Decorate the top of each cake with cherries and nuts (sliced almonds are pretty) before baking.
  • 7Cover the top of the pan and batter with several layers of waxed paper and tie down. (Tie around outsides of pans.)
    Alternatively, line pans with 2 layers cut to length to allow several inches above the pan. Fold over to cover and tie.
    Weigh each pan. Larger pans need more baking time, so remember which pans are what weight to remove them from the oven when done leaving the heavier pans to continue baking.
  • 8Bake in a slow oven 250 degrees according to weight.
    1 pound - 2 ½ hours
    2 pounds - 3 ½ hours
    3 pounds - 4 hours
  • 9Store in a cool place and add brandy or any wine, etc. at intervals. Keep well covered.
    Each loaf gets untied, top of the paper opened, and brandy poured liberally over the loaf. Then the loaf is retied and closed to store. The "intervals" are about a week.

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About Fruit Cake- Grandma Breur's original recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: German
Other Tag: Heirloom