I wanted a holiday fruitcake made with butter, honey , eggs and cream. When I couldn't find a recipe, I created this one. I like this cake because it's not as sweet as many traditional varieties yet is loaded with fruits and nuts. -Sharon McClatchey, Muskogee, Oklahoma
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 package (6 ounces) dried apricots, finely chopped
- 3 cups pecan halves
- In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and honey. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, allspice and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with cream. Stir in raisins, dates, apricots and pecans.
- Pack into two greased and floured 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Place pans on middle rack of oven; place a shallow pan of hot water on lowest rack.
- Bake at 300° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan. Loosen edges with a knife and remove from pan. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Heirloom Fruitcake in Taste of Home December/January 1996, p39
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