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Very Best Fruit Cake

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Very Best Fruit Cake is a special occasion cake. Very Best Fruit Cake gets its lovely taste from fruits mixed with all spices and eggs, flavored with rum. Very Best Fruit Cake is inspired by many bakeries around the world.
Ingredients
  Candied cherries 1 Pound
  Candied pineapple 1 Pound
  Raisins 1 Pound
  Dates 1 Pound
  Lemon peel 1 Pound
  Orange peel 1 Pound
  Citron 1⁄2 Pound
  Pecans 1⁄2 Pound
  Almonds 1⁄2 Pound
  Rum 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Flour 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Shortening 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Honey 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Eggs 10 , well beaten
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Baking powder 2 Teaspoon
  Allspice 2 Teaspoon
  Nutmeg 1 Teaspoon
  Powdered cloves 1 Teaspoon
  Fruit juice 12 Tablespoon
Directions

Prepare the fruit and peel it, shell the nuts, and put all through the food chopper.
Stir the rum in well and let stand in a closed vessel overnight.
Next morning, dredge the fruit in 1/2 cup flour.
Cream the shortening with the sugar and add the honey.
Stir in the beaten eggs and beat till smooth.
Sift the remaining flour with the dry ingredients and add.
Add the fruit juices and blend thoroughly.
Pour the batter over the floured fruit and mix until all fruit is well covered with batter.
Line greased baking pans with three layers of waxed paper, allowing 1/2 inch of paper to extend above all sides of the pans.
Pour the batter into the pans.
Do not flatten it.
Put into the oven with the cake a pan containing 2 cups water, and replenish the water while baking.
This moisture gives a high gloss and nice texture to the cake.
Bake 4 hours at 250°.
Jesse makes the cake and stores it in tins, well ahead of Christmas.
He "cures" it by pouring, from time to time, 1/2 jigger, or more, of rum, over the top of the cake.
Treated thus, it is a fit companion, in fact an appropriate partner, for the brandied cherries and mint cordial that add so much to Yuletide or Carnival conviviality in the Southland's merriest homes.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
South American
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cake
Servings: 
44

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