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Spicy Dark Fruitcake Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Nancy Mills
Added: Friday, October 2, 2009

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3 1/2 cusp (1 1/2 pounds) mixed diced fruits and peels for fruitcake
1 1/4 cups (8 oz) dark seedless raisins
1 1/4 cups (8 oz) light seedless raisins
1 cup (4 ozs) chopped California walnuts
1 cup ( 4 ozs.) chopped pecans
3 cups sifted all- purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 cup shortening
2 cups brown sugar
4 large eggs (1 cup)
3/4 cup grape juice

Directions:
Directions:
Mix fruits and peels, raisins, and nuts. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and spices; sprinkle 1/4 cup over fruit mixture, mixing well. Thoroughly cream shortening and sugar; add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add sifted dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with grape juice, beating till smooth after each addition. Pour batter over fruits and mix well.

Line and grease then dust with flour a 10 inch tube pan allowing waxed paper to extend 1/2 inch above pan and bake in low oven 275 for 2/1/2 hours or till tooth pick comes out clean. Cool in pan.

(Have a pan containing 2 cups of water on bottom shelf of oven-cakes will have greater volume, moist texture, shinny glaze.)

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6 pounds
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
The first time I made this fruit cake was the first Christmas Aaron and I were married. Make it about a month ahead of the time you plan on serving it. After it cools wrap in cheese cloth and about once a week or so add a little grape juice on the top of cake, store in an air tight container. Everyone asks each year where is the fruit cake.

 

 

 

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