Pecan Date Fruitcake Recipe
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Pecan Date Fruitcake Recipe

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My husband grew up in Louisiana and has fond memories of his mother's fruitcake. I make this for him every year to remind him of special times. Pretty slices are an attractive addition.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pitted dates, quartered
  • 1 pound pecan halves (4 cups)
  • 1 pound candied cherries, halved (2-1/4 cups)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 173 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 41 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. Grease and line three 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans with waxed paper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine dates, nuts and cherries. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; stir into fruit mixture until well coated. In a bowl, beat eggs and vanilla until foamy. Fold into fruit mixture and mix well. Pour into prepared pans.
  2. Bake at 300° for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Remove waxed paper. Cool completely before slicing. Wrap and store in a cool dry place. Yield: 3 loaves.
Originally published as Pecan Date Fruitcake in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p103

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 173 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 41 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2012

This is great! Mostly fruit and nuts. I will cut back a bit on the dates but am making this in March as I can't wait for Christmas.

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Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

This recipe is fabulous! I bought a fruitcake from one of those "chain kiosks" at the mall, and it was so horrible, that I went looking for a recipe to make at home. I found this one, and plan to make it every year from now on. I changed the fruit ingredients a little bit to suit my own tastes, and the results were everything I hoped for. Love this recipe!

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