Thursday, December 3, 2009

christmas fruit cake


I wanted to share a favorte cake of mine at christmas time.such a easy recipe too follow ..with the end result being the most moist yummy dessert ever.enjoy everyone and have a happy holiday


Dark Christmas Fruitcake
4 cups raisins
1 cup candied cherries - halved
1 cup candied pineapple
1 cup diced candied mixed fruit
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup thinly sliced almonds
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
6 eggs - separated
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 square unsweetened baking chocolate(melted)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juicePreparation - Thoroughly grease a 4" x 10" tube cake pan or 2 large loaf pans pans, or 3 medium size loaf pans. Line the bottom and sides with aluminum foil. Lightly spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the fruit and nuts. Toss the mixture with 1 cup flour to coat. In a second bowl, sift the remaining flour with the baking soda and spices. In a very large bowl, at medium speed, beat the shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well afer each addition. Add the melted chocolate & mix well. At low speed, alternately beat in the flour/spice mixture and the fruit juices. In a separate bowl, with clean beaters, beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold the beaten egg whites into the batter. Add the fruit and nut mixture and stir in by hand until all the ingredients are well mixed. Turn the batter into the prepared pan (1 tube pan or 2 large loaf pans or 3 small loaf pans). Bake in a preheated oven at 300ยบ - in a tube cake pan for 2 hours and 20 minutes; in 2 large loaf pans for 1 hr and 45 minutes; in 3 small loaf pans for 1-1/2 hours. Cool completely in the pan, on a wire racke. Remove the cooled cake from the pan and wrap it well.

7 comments:

  1. Cilla darling this cake sounds delicious. I use to bake one similar to this many Holidays ago, howeve of late, I don't bake much. When I get a chance I will try this recipe, I like the smell it gives out while baking abd of course the taste. Darling have a marvelous week.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  2. My darling I wish you and yours all the joy, love, hope, blessings, peace, laughter, miracles, good health and boundless wealth during this holiday season and always.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  3. Darling, I thank you for your love and support this past year when I needed it most. Your kindness has left me feeling blessed. You have made my first year of blogging a memorable one!! I am certain that 2010 will be an amazing year for us both. Enjoy the last day of the year and have a marvelous 2010 full of good health, happiness, prosperity, love and blessings.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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  4. Hello darling, I do hope you had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year and that 2010 turns out to be the best year of your life, followed by many more. Thanks for all your visits and sweet comments; you are a dear friend...a treasure.

    Love & Hugs
    Duchess

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    Look forward to visiting with you!
    God richly bless you,
    d

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