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Christmas Special Fruitcake Recipe

Christmas Special Fruitcake Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours + cooling YIELD:24 servings

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

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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, 29 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.