Chocolate Chip Cherry Fruitcake Loaf

Recipe by HeatherFeather
READY IN: 1hr 30mins

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 3
    large eggs
  • 1 12
  • 1 12
    teaspoons baking powder
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    cup finely chopped pecans (measure after chopping)
  • 1
    1 cup raisins or 1 cup sultana
  • 1
    cup candied red cherries, halves (also known as glazed fruitcake cherries)
  • 1
    cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 5 -6
    extra candied red cherries, halves,to taste,for garnishing the top of the loaf
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 325 F and have ready a greased 9x5" loaf pan.
  • Beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl until well combined.
  • In another large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to egg mixture and mix well.
  • Add nuts, dates or raisins, 1 cup cherry halves,& the chocolate chips and stir gently to combine.
  • Pour into a greased 9x5" loaf pan(mixture will be very thick).
  • Garnish top with a row of cherry halves down the center of the batter- press gently so they stick.
  • Bake in a preheated 325 F oven for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until golden and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean (there will be streaks of melted chocolate but not gobs of beige batter) - DO NOT OVERBAKE or it will be as hard as a rock.
  • Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool completely.
  • Usually I slice the loaf after it has cooled and seal it in a plastic zip-top bag, which helps keep it from hardening up.
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