Grandma's Molasses Fruitcake Recipe

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Grandma's Molasses Fruitcake Recipe
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Grandma's Molasses Fruitcake Recipe

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This dense, dark, moist fruitcake was my grandmother's recipe. The flavor just gets better and better as it sits in the fridge, so be sure to make it ahead! —Debbie Harmon, Lavina, Montana
MAKES:
48 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling
MAKES:
48 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3-1/4 cups dried currants
  • 2-2/3 cups raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup chopped candied citron or candied lemon peel
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee

Directions

Preheat oven to 300°. Grease and flour three 9x5-in. loaf pans. Line bottoms with waxed paper; grease and flour the paper. Combine currants, raisins, walnuts, candied citron and 1/4 cup flour. Toss to coat; set aside.
Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses. In another bowl, whisk baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and remaining flour; add to creamed mixture alternately with coffee. Stir into currant mixture and mix well.
Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 days to blend flavors. Slice and bring to room temperature before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 3 loaves (16 slices each).

Test Kitchen Tip
  • To soak fruitcakes in alcohol: Using a toothpick, poke holes on all sides of fruitcakes until well perforated. Pour about 1 cup of desired alcohol such as brandy, rum or whiskey into a bowl. Brush some of the alcohol over all sides of fruitcakes. Cut three 36x17-in. pieces of cheesecloth. Let each piece soak in the bowl of alcohol; gently squeezing out some of the excess. Place each fruitcake on a piece of cheesecloth and tightly wrap cheesecloth around fruitcake. Wrap each loaf tightly in foil and place in the refrigerator. Remove foil and brush each cheesecloth-covered loaf with an additional 2-3 tablespoons of alcohol once a week for up to one month.
  • Originally published as Grandma's Molasses Fruitcake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2017, p86

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    • 3-1/4 cups dried currants
    • 2-2/3 cups raisins
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
    • 2/3 cup chopped candied citron or candied lemon peel
    • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 2 cups packed brown sugar
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 cup molasses
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
    • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
    1. Preheat oven to 300°. Grease and flour three 9x5-in. loaf pans. Line bottoms with waxed paper; grease and flour the paper. Combine currants, raisins, walnuts, candied citron and 1/4 cup flour. Toss to coat; set aside.
    2. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses. In another bowl, whisk baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and remaining flour; add to creamed mixture alternately with coffee. Stir into currant mixture and mix well.
    3. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 days to blend flavors. Slice and bring to room temperature before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 3 loaves (16 slices each).

    Test Kitchen Tip
  • To soak fruitcakes in alcohol: Using a toothpick, poke holes on all sides of fruitcakes until well perforated. Pour about 1 cup of desired alcohol such as brandy, rum or whiskey into a bowl. Brush some of the alcohol over all sides of fruitcakes. Cut three 36x17-in. pieces of cheesecloth. Let each piece soak in the bowl of alcohol; gently squeezing out some of the excess. Place each fruitcake on a piece of cheesecloth and tightly wrap cheesecloth around fruitcake. Wrap each loaf tightly in foil and place in the refrigerator. Remove foil and brush each cheesecloth-covered loaf with an additional 2-3 tablespoons of alcohol once a week for up to one month.
  • Originally published as Grandma's Molasses Fruitcake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2017, p86

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    LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 278113
    Reviewed Nov. 21, 2017

    "Fantastic recipe, or at least I think it is. I made the three loaves and immediately tried one when it cooled. The other two are aging in some port wine and brandy. I can't wait to unwrap these at Christmas."

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    Betsy User ID: 7799672 277455
    Reviewed Nov. 8, 2017

    "Thank you so very much for posting this recipe. This is as close as I have found to my Mum's recipe for fruitcake. Making it was a 12 hour ordeal ! She would make 6 loaves at a time. She did use more fruit and candied cherries,which I picked out! I can't wait to make this and have a nice thick slice spread with butter. It's been far too long. Thank you again."

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