Fantastic Banana Fruitcake

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READY IN: 2hrs 40mins

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Set oven to 300 degrees Prepare two (9" x 5") loaf pans, or 8 mini loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl combine the fruit, dates and walnuts, then dredge them with 1/4 cup flour.
  • Sift the remaining flour together with the baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; set aside.
  • In another bowl, cream butter, add sugar, and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Beat in the orange rind, orange juice, orange extract and drained pineapple.
  • Mash the bananas with a fork (do not use a food processor, as it will liquefy and the bananas, and will change the texture of the cake).
  • Alternately, stir in the banana puree with the flour mixture into the creamed mixture. Stir in the floured fruit and nuts.
  • Turn into prepared pans.
  • Bake for about 2 hours and 15 minutes, or until loosley with foil if the cakes are browning too much on top.
  • Cool in pans for 20 minutes, then turn onto racks Note: If baking in mini loaf pans, then cut down the baking time.
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