Classic Fruitcake Loaves

recipe
For a nonalcoholic version, use root beer instead of brandy as the soaking liquid.

Yield:

3 loaves

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 45 Minutes
Cook: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon orange extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
7 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 1/2 cups chopped candied pineapple
1 (8-oz.) container red candied cherries, chopped
1 (8-oz.) container green candied cherries, chopped
3 cups pecan halves, coarsely chopped and toasted
1 cup walnut halves, coarsely chopped and toasted
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Garnishes: additional candied cherries and pecan halves
3 tablespoons brandy (optional)
Additional brandy (optional)

Preparation

Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy; gradually add sugars, beating well. Add molasses and orange extract, beating well. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients. Add to butter mixture alternately with beaten eggs, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat well after each addition.

Combine candied pineapple, chopped cherries, and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; sprinkle with 1/2 cup flour, stirring to coat well. Stir fruit into batter. Spoon batter into 3 heavily greased and floured 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pans. Arrange additional cherries and pecans on top of batter, if desired.

Bake at 250° for 2 1/2 hours or until a wooden pick inserted in center of loaves comes out clean. Brush each loaf with 1 Tbsp. brandy, if desired. Let cool completely on a wire rack. If desired, wrap loaves in brandy-soaked cheesecloth. Store in an airtight container in a cool place up to 3 weeks. Pour a small amount of brandy evenly over loaves each week, if desired.

Christmas with Southern Living 2008,

Oxmoor House

May 2008
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