Sunday, February 4, 2007

Mary Afton-Tarr's Grandma's Fruitcake

1 1/2 c shelled whole brazil nuts
1 1/2 c walnut halves
1 pkg pitted dates (7 1/4 oz)
2/3 c chopped mixed dried fruit
1/2 c red maraschino cherries, drained
1/2 c green maraschino cherries, drained
1/2 c seedless raisins

Grease bottom and sides of loaf pan. Preheat oven to 300.

Place above ingredients in large bowl. Measure and mix together the following, then sift over bowl of nuts and fruit:

3/4 c flour
3/4 c white sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Beat 3 eggs until light and fluffy in small bowl, add 1tsp vanilla; blend into nut mixture. Batter will be stiff. Bake at 300F for 1 3/4 hours. Cool 10 minutes.

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