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Old Fashioned Fruit Cake

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Ingredients
  Raisins 2 Pound
  Currants 2 Pound
  Candied citron 1⁄2 Pound
  Candied cherries 1 Pound, reserve a few for garnish
  Candied pineapple 1 Pound, reserve some for garnish (Yellow, Red And Green Colored)
  Candied lemon peel 1⁄4 Pound
  Candied orange peel 1⁄4 Pound
  Grated coconut 12 Ounce
  Chopped walnuts 1⁄2 Pound
  Chopped pecans 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), reserve 6 whole pecans
  Flour 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Allspice 1 Teaspoon
  Cloves 1 Teaspoon
  Freshly grated nutmeg 1 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Unsalted butter 1 Pound
  Sugar 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Eggs 12
  Apple juice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat oven to temperature of 225 degrees.
2) Butter and flour 2 tube pans of 10-inches each.
3) On the bottom of the pans, place waxed paper. Set aside.

MAKING
4) In a very large mixing bowl, combine together the raisins, currants, cherries, citron, pineapple, lemon peel, orange peel, walnuts, coconut and pecans. Mix well.
5) Mix together the spices and flour and gradually blend into the fruit. Coat well.
6) Cream together the sugar and butter till the mixture is light and fluffy.
7) Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, and then add the apple juice. Beat well.
8) Combine the mixture with the fruit and flour mixture till well blended.
9) Pour the batter into the prepared pans.
10) With ½ slice each of candied yellow, red and green pineapple and 3 candied red cherry halves, garnish the batter.
11) Between pineapple slices, place 2 pecan halves.
12) On the bottom rack of the preheated oven, place a broiler pan.
13) On the low rack right above water, put the cakes.
14) Bake the cakes for 4 to 4 ½ hours, till a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean.
15) Let the cakes cool in the pans for a bit and then invert onto rack.
16) Till it is time to serve, wrap tightly in plastic and foil.

SERVING
17) Unwrap the cakes, place on a decorative serving platter and serve as dessert or tea/coffee accompaniment.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
European
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Occasion: 
Christmas
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
260 Minutes
Ready In: 
270 Minutes
Servings: 
12

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