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Walnut Spice Fruitcake

 Walnut Spice Fruitcake
I'm really glad I tried this recipe, and you will be, too! I think it tastes like a cross between classic Christmas fruitcake and homemade spice cake.
12-16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup red candied cherries, halved
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups sweetened applesauce
  • TOPPING:
  • 24 red and/or green candied cherries
  • 1/4 cup walnut halves

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the raisins, walnuts and cherries; set
  • aside. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and nutmeg;
  • add to creamed mixture alternatively with applesauce. Mix well. Stir
  • in the raisin mixture. Transfer to a greased and floured 10-in. tube
  • pan; top with whole cherries and walnut halves.
  • Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near

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Walnut Spice Fruitcake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap tightly and store in a
  • cool dry place. Yield: 12-16 servings.