Dark Fruitcake

This recipe is from my friend Nancy. Fruitcake is not often a very welcome gift. This is a fruitcake recipe that many declared fruitcake haters in the family admitted to liking, because it is not gummy or alcoholic .

  • 1-1/4 lb candied fruits (red & green cherries, pineapple)
  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 1-1/8 cup sugar
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 1/2 lb dates, cut up and seedless
  • 2 cup pastry flour
  • 3/4 lb whole shelled pecans
  • 1/8 cup orange juice (or grapefruit)

Preheat oven to 250°F. Grease pans or line with foil. (Lining with foil will provide a way to give the cake without losing the pan.) Whip the butter until it is creamy and add it to sugar. Add whole eggs, beating them in one at a time. Mix fruit with juice. Add fruit and other ingredients. Add flour and nuts last.
Bake 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Makes two small loaves.

– Nancy G.