The World's Greatest Fruitcake

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READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
Recipe by mollypaul

Certain meals and special events just call for particular foods. For Christmas, this is frequently a fruitcake. If you wish, use your own home-candied fruits for a memorable Christmas cake. If you don't have a springform pan, you can use two 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pans (baking time 2 1/2 hours) or three one-pound coffee cans (baking time 2 hours) or 36 muffin cups (baking time 40 minutes).

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Line the bottom of a 9" springform pan with a double thickness of waxed paper; grease paper.
  3. Combine the candied fruits and nuts in a large bowl; sift flour, baking powder and salt over fruit mixture and toss lightly.
  4. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time.
  6. Blend in brandy and vanilla; fold into fruit mixture.
  7. Spoon into prepared pan, spreading evenly.
  8. Bake for three hours or until the cake tests done.
  9. Let cool completely in pan on wire rack; loosen around edge with a knife and turn out onto rack.
  10. Peel off paper.
  11. Wrap cake with a cheesecloth and sprinkle with brandy or sherry.
  12. Place in a plastic bag and seal.
  13. Pack in a metal tin with tight fitting lid; allow to ripen for at least four weeks.
  14. To serve: Remove cheesecloth and place on a serving plate.
  15. Spoon brandy glaze over the top and garnish with thin slices of candied fruit, if desired.

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