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FRUIT CAKE Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Aunt Ida Ritacca
Added: Saturday, February 24, 2007

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
"Almost like candy!"

3 cups Brazil Nuts (12 oz.)
1 cup drained red and green cherries
2 7 ounce packages of pitted dates
cups flour
teaspoon baking powder
cup sugar
teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 pound raisins
4 Tablespoons Brandy
1 teaspoon cinnamon
teaspoon nutmeg
teaspoon allspice
1/3 teaspoon mace
cup honey

Directions:
Directions:
Grease bread tin and line with wax paper. Pour whole nuts, cherries, dates, raisins, into large bowl. Sift dry ingredients over this and mix with hands until nuts, cherries, dates and raisins are all well coated. Beat eggs until frothy and mix by hand with nest of mixture. Bake 1 hours in 300 degree oven.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
8-12
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
2 1/4 hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I will never forget Aunt Ida. Whenever she came to our house on Ronald's Lane, the entire neighborhood knew she was there. She had this unusually loud laughter that the neighbors heard at the end of the street. Fortunately, everyone on the block were good friends and when they heard Aunt Ida, they would come and pay her a visit. One Thanksgiving, she came and spent about a month with us and made this fruit cake recipe. Mom continued with the tradition each year. The funny thing about this cake is that you would feed it more Bourbon at least once a week before Christmas. So, we would keep it in the attic where it was cool, since we lived in the north and it was November, then either Mom or I would pour a shot of the good stuff over the cake. It was good but very nutty and fruity.

 

 

 

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