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Christmas Special Fruitcake

 Christmas Special Fruitcake
I've made this quick and easy fruitcake many times during the past several years, giving it to family and friends for Christmas gifts. I also gave one to my doctor, and he claims it's the best fruitcake he's ever tasted.
24 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 cups coarsely chopped Brazil nuts or other nuts (walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts)
  • 1 pound pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup halved maraschino cherries
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the nuts, dates and cherries. Combine the
  • flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; add to nut mixture, stirring
  • until nuts and fruit are well coated.
  • In a small bowl, beat eggs until foamy; stir in vanilla. Fold into
  • nut mixture and mix well. Pour into a greased and parchment
  • paper-lined 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan.
  • Bake at 300° for 1-3/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pan to a wire rack. Yield: 24 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 230 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 71 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 29 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.