Sunday, February 4, 2007

Dark Fruitcake

Cream together until fluffy:
1 c shortening
2 c brown sugar

Beat in:
6 eggs

Sift together:
3 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp mace
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp soda

Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture alternately with:
3/4 c strong coffee, warm (mix with jelly ahead of time and let it set to melt jelly)
1/2 c tart jelly (blackberry, raspberry)
1/2 c molasses

Blend in:
1 lb raisins
1/2 lb currants
1/2 lb chopped dates
1 lb mixed candied fruits
1/2 lb walnuts, chopped
grated rind and juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon
(can toss fruits with a little flour to prevent sticking and

Grease two 9" loaf pans or 1 tube pan, line with paper (butcher paper, parchment paper), and grease again. Pour batter into pans and bake at 300 degrees, for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until a toothpick comes out clean. For last hour, you can put more parchment paper on top to prevent over-browning.

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