Doris Hart’s Dark Fruitcake Holiday Recipe.

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.

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Fruit Cake / heirloomed

Doris Hart's Dark Fruitcake

Yield: Multiple fruitcakes
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Our family recipe takes a fresh glance at this notorious holiday cake. This fruitcake is the perfect dessert for the next holiday party or family function you attend.

ingredients:

  • 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

instructions:

How to cook Doris Hart's Dark Fruitcake

  1. Cream butter, sugar- add egg yolk, creamed till lemon color.
  2. Add liquids and flour alternately, then spices and slightly beaten egg whites.
  3. Add fruit (cut, floured, and dredged first.) 
  4. Grease and line pans with greased brown paper. Bake slow- 300 degrees then lowered to 250 degrees for two or more hours until tested. 
  5. 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. 
  6. Makes several cakes- bake in tube pans or loaf pans- Different sizes will require different time schedules for baking. 
  7. May be frosted, glazed or left plain.
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Taste of the South magazine / Nov Dec 2018 / Handed Down Fruit Cake Recipe


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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Holiday Peppermint Bark.

This recipe comes from my sister-in-law and is just as easy as it is absolutely delicious. I've yet to find someone that doesn't like it. I've added candy cane bits to the recipe for a holiday twist, and it's the perfect sweet treat to have on hand this season -- especially if you're hosting guests! 

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I did this recipe project in tandem with the wonderful SoFabFood, and we made an awesome video that can serve as a guide, too. 

Holiday Peppermint Bark

Yield: about 20
Author:
This quick and easy recipe is the perfect treat to have at the ready during the holiday season.

ingredients:

For the Holiday Bark
  • 10-12 graham crackers
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 squares chocolate almond bark
  • 4 squares white chocolate almond bark
  • 3 candy canes

instructions:

How to cook Holiday Peppermint Bark

  1. On a cookie sheet, make a single layer of whole graham crackers to fill the entire pan. Break graham crackers and fill in any holes to cover the whole pan. In three separate bowls, melt peanut butter, chocolate, and white chocolate in the microwave, checking and stirring until each is fully melted. Spread melted peanut butter over the layer of graham crackers until fully coated. Spread melted chocolate on top of the peanut butter layer until fully coated. Drizzle melted white chocolate on top as a decorative element. Crush candy canes into small peppermint pieces and sprinkle across the top for a festive holiday touch. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes to chill. Remove from the freezer and using a knife, break into large pieces to remove from the sheet pan. Break into smaller, bite-sized pieces with your hands. Enjoy!
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This project was in partnership with SoFabFood. All thoughts + opinions are my own.


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories aboutfamily recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more atwww.heirloomedcollection.com