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Thursday, December 8, 2011

My Dad's Favorite Fruitcake

Okay...this is for all you fruitcake haters out there. You just THINK you hate fruitcake. What you hate is the IDEA of fruitcake being a mass-produced, dry brick that tastes like something that's been sitting in the back of your grandmother's pantry for 18 years. But fresh fruitcake can't be beat! And if you don't care for candied fruit, then use dates instead. Add in some dried apricots or cranberries. There are so many options. Please don't say you hate it until you try THIS!! It's moist and crazy good. I've been using this recipe for years and years...it's just perfect!!! And yup... it's my dad's favorite.

My Dad’s Favorite Fruitcake



3 cups flour
1 ½ cups sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup orange juice
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
¼ cup dark corn syrup
2 cups golden raisins
1 pound candied mixed fruit
2 cups pecan halves

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Line two loaf pans with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients (EXCEPT FRUITS AND NUTS) in a large mixing bowl. Mix on low until combined then beat for 3 minutes on medium-high, scraping bowl occasionally.

Stir in fruits and nuts.

Divide mixture into prepared pans.

Bake 2 ½ - 3 hours or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cover with foil the last hour of baking to prevent over-browning, if necessary.

Brush with glaze. (Recipe follows)

Wrap in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.


Glaze: (optional)

½ cup sugar
½ cup water

Boil sugar and water together about 10 minutes. Cool then brush over cooked fruitcakes.

Here's what you need for the yummiest fruitcake ever!
Here's what you need for the yummiest fruitcake ever!

Stir together the dry ingredients.
Stir together the dry ingredients.

Then mix the wet together. Include the eggs in this step.
Then mix the wet together. Include the eggs in this step.

Mix the wet and dry together.
Mix the wet and dry together.

Then add the fruits and nuts.
Then add the fruits and nuts.

Line your pans with foil then spray them WELL with cooking spray. I show  large and small pans here but I used two large and one small. I just shorted the large pans a little bit to make a small one, too.
Line your pans with foil then spray them WELL with cooking spray. I show large and small pans here but I used two large and one small. I just shorted the large pans a little bit to make a small one, too.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans.
Pour the batter into the prepared pans.

Bake it up and brush with the glaze if you want! So good!!
Bake it up and brush with the glaze if you want! So good!!