Jill's fruitcake

Yield: 6 Loaves

Measure Ingredient
4 cups All-purpose flour, divided
1½ cup Pecan halves, divided
1 cup Chopped almonds
1 cup Chopped pecans
1 cup Chopped dates
1 pounds Fruitcake mix
½ pounds Red and green candied cherries
1 teaspoon Baking powder
½ teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon Ground cloves
1 tablespoon Ground allspice
1 tablespoon Freshly grated nutmeg
¾ cup Butter
2 cups Sugar
5 larges Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
\N \N Brandy

LINE 6 (5x3x2 inch) loafpans with parchment paper; set aside.

COMBINE ½ cup flour, 1 cup pecan halves, almonds, and next 4 ingredients, tossing gently to coat. Set aside.

BEAT butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

ADD vanilla, beating well. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing well.

STIR fruit mixture into batter; stir in remaining ½ cup pecan halves. Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans; smooth tops of cakes with back of a wet spoon.

BAKE at 325 F for 20 minutes; decrease temperature to 300 F, and bake 40 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pans on wire racks 20 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

PEEL paper from cakes; wrap cakes in brandy-soaked cheesecloth. Store in airtight containers in a cool place.

POUR a small amount of brandy over cakes weekly for 4 weeks; then monthly.

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