If there’s one recipe that seems to have gotten a bad wrap over the years the fruitcake is surely it.
Now you know that one of my favorite things about the holiday season is the passing down of recipes through the generations. I love being able to have my family over and make the same recipes my mother did when I was a child. This one was one of my Grandmother’s favorites, a Dark Fruit Cake. She got the recipe from “Doris Hart” who I was lucky to learn was a neighbor friend of hers when she lived in South Florida.
This fruitcake is such a family staple that it actually inspired one of our new Family Recipe series Tea Towels. And I was so honored to be included in this month’s issue of Taste of the South, sharing this beautiful heirloom family recipe card and the story behind it (Nov/Dec 2018) so be sure to check out the full story there.
DORIS HART’S DARK FRUITCAKE:
1 lb sugar
1 lb butter
1 lb flour
1 lb walnuts
1 lb almonds
1 lb pecans
1 doz eggs
4 pkg seedlees raisins
2 lb dates
1 lb candied cherries
1 lb pineapple
1/2 pound each: citron lemon & orange peel
1 jar jelly
1 t each: cloves, cinnamon, allspice
2 squares chocolate
1 cup dk molasses, coffee, and brandy
1/2 cup orange juice
Cream butter, sugar- add egg yolk, creamed till lemon color. Add liquids and flour alternately, then spices and slightly beaten egg whites. Add fruit (cut, floured, and dredged first.) Grease and line pans with greased brown paper. Bake slow- 300 degrees then lowered to 250 degrees for two or more hours until tested. Cool- dribble with brandy and wrap in cheesecloth or paper towels and aluminum foil (not to be places next to the cake) and store in a cool place. makes several cakes- bake in tube pans or loaf pans- Different sizes will require different time schedules for baking. May be frosted, glazed or left plain.
Thanks to the article in Taste of the South, we have gotten so many requests from readers for the full version of this recipe, so I hope this serves as your go-to recipe for years to come! If you give it a try please let me know how you like it in the comments!
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