Holiday cheddar date cake

Yield: 20 servings

Measure Ingredient
¾ cup Butter; Room Temperature
1½ cup Light Brown Sugar; Packed
4 eaches Eggs; Lg
1 cup Cheddar; Sharp, Shredded
3½ cup Unbleached Flour
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
4 eaches Candied Pineapple Slices
1 teaspoon Cinnamon; Ground
¼ teaspoon Cloves; Ground
16 ounces Dates; Pitted,Finely Chopped
2 cups Pecans; Chopped
4 ounces Candied Cherries;Halved,1jar
2 cups Raisins; Golden
1 cup Milk
12 eaches Almonds; Whole Blanched

DECORATIONS

* You can make a decorative design on the top of the cake by quartering the candied Pineapple Slices and using the whole almonds, if desired. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++++ Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. and grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium, until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the cheddar cheese. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves into a medium bowl.

In another medium bowl, combine the dates, pecans, cherries and raisins. Add 2 Tbls of the flour mixture, tossing lightly to coat the fruit and nuts. Alternately beat the remaining flour mixture and milk into the butter mixture until well blended.

Stir in the floured fruit mixture by hand until distributed throughout the batter. Turn into the prepared pan. Bake for 2 to 2½ hours in the preheated oven until the cakes shrinks from the side of the pan and the top springs back when lightly pressed. Cool for 15 minutes in the pan on a wire rack then remove from the pan. Cool completely on the wire rack. When cool, store in a container with a tight lid for up to 6 weeks. To serve, cut into thin slices.

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