- 4 cups chopped pecans
- 1-3/4 cups chopped candied pineapple
- 1-1/2 cups chopped dried peaches or apricots
- 1-1/2 cups golden raisins
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup peach or apricot nectar, divided
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- Grease and flour two 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Line the bottoms with waxed paper; grease and flour the paper. Set aside.
- Combine the pecans, pineapple, peaches, raisins and 1/2 cup flour; set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar; add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 1/2 cup peach nectar, honey and milk; beat well (mixture will appear curdled). Combine cinnamon, baking powder, salt, allspice and remaining flour; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Add pecan mixture; stir well.
- Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.
- With a skewer, poke holes in the loaves. Spoon remaining nectar over loaves. Let stand for 10 minutes; remove from pans to a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap tightly and store in a cool place. Slice and bring to room temperature before serving. Yield: 2 loaves.
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"I've used this recipe many times, both with dried peaches or apricots, both good. Fruit nectars should be refrigerated after opening, they only last 5-7 days. so I add more nectar to the batter, and don't pour any on top The 1st time I tried it, I poured nectar over it, and didn't refrigerate it. It was moldy in 2 days. Using orange blossom honey adds a nice flavor."
"Yummy non-alcoholic fruitcake! I changed the fruits. I used apricots, dates and candied cherries (used a jar of cherries and candied them myself, no red 40). Used juice from a can of apricots, instead of nectar. Turned that juice into more of glaze for the last step (added a bit of sugar, some apricot pulp, boiled and simmered for a bit). Before glazing I put cherries and pecans on top for decoration. Yummy!"
"Years ago I found this recipe in one of the Tastes of Home cookbooks. I moved a few years back and misplaced the cookbook. This was greatly upsetting because I really loved this fruitcake recipe. I'm not a traditionalist at heart; so finding a recipe that didn't involve candied cherries and citron was certainly a plus! I absolutely recommend this recipe. It's easy and the results are wonderful."