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Southern Fruitcake

Ideally, fruitcake should be made at least a month before you plan to serve it, but it will last for several months when stored tightly wrapped in the fridge.

Oxmoor House OCTOBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves 24 (serving size: 1/12 of a loaf cake)
  • Hands-on:40 Minutes
  • Rest:3 Hours

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 1/4 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 2/3 cups chopped pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins (you can use all dark or 3/4 cup each dark and golden)
  • 2/3 cup chopped candied orange peel
  • 2/3 cup chopped candied pineapple
  • 2/3 cup candied cherries, halved
  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup bourbon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 250°.

2. Coat 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans with cooking spray; line bottom and sides of pans with parchment paper. Coat parchment paper with cooking spray.

3. Combine pecans and next 5 ingredients (through cherries) in a large bowl. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 1 cup flour to pecan mixture, tossing to coat.

4. Combine 1 cup flour, cinnamon, and next 4 ingredients (through ginger) in a small bowl. Place butter and sugar in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed 3 minutes or until light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add eggs and egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour-spice mixture; beat at medium speed until blended. Add 1/4 cup bourbon and extracts, beating at low speed until blended. Stir pecan mixture into batter.

5. Spoon batter into prepared pans, pressing firmly to pack. Press a piece of parchment paper onto surface of batter in each pan.

6. Add water to a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish to a depth of 1 inch; place on bottom rack in oven. Place loaf pans on middle rack in oven. Bake at 250° for 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

7. Remove top piece of parchment paper. Immediately pierce cakes several times with a long wooden pick, and brush 2 tablespoons bourbon over each cake. Cool completely in pans on a wire rack. Remove from pans.

8. Cut 2 (18-inch) pieces of cheesecloth. Soak cheesecloth in 1/2 cup bourbon. Wrap a bourbon-soaked piece of cheesecloth around each cake, and place each cake in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal and store in a cool place at least 24 hours.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 298
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 3.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 42g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 43mg
  • Iron: 0.9mg
  • Sodium: 80mg
  • Calcium: 26mg
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