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TRADITIONAL  FRUITCAKE

Festive home-made fruitcake and cup of coffee make a warm welcome for holiday guests. The best baked goods are home-made. Nothing smells better than fresh baked goods during The Holiday Season. Happy Holidays!
Ingredients:

4 cups Home Candied Fruits (or some other candied fruits)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped almonds or pecans
4 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1- 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup brandy
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
 

Preparation Method:
  • Line the bottom of 2 loaf pans (9x5x3-inch) with a double thickness of wax paper and grease.
  • Combine candied fruits and nuts in a large bowl.
  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt over fruit mixture and toss lightly.
  • In a large bowl cream margarine and  brown sugar.
  • Beat eggs (one at a time) into margarine mixture, beating after each addition for smooth batter.
  • Beat in vanilla extract and brandy.
  • Preheat oven to 275-300 F (130-150 C).
  • Pour batter over prepared fruit and nuts and fold just until well blended.
  • Spoon into prepared loaf pans.
  • Bake in slow oven 2-1/2 hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan completely, loosen around edges with a knife.
  • When cool completely, turn cake out onto wire rack and remove wax paper.
  • Wrap cake with cheesecloth and sprinkle with brandy. 
  • Place in a plastic bag and allow to ripen for week or two.
  • After that, remove plastic bag and sprinkle with brandy again and place in plastic bag.
  • Allow to ripen for next week. 
  • To serve: remove cheesecloth and place cake on serving plate.
  • Decorate with BRANDY GLAZE and garnish with pecan halves or with thin slices candied citron.
  • Cut into very thin slices and serve.
Fruitcake and coffee make a gracious welcome for your guests.

NOTE: This cake can be made in a muffin cups. Bake the muffins 35-40 minutes. Makes 36
muffins. Decorate them as you choose.


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