Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Fruit Cake

Despite all of the jokes about fruit cake it is a traditional Christmas gift. But be prepared there's a lot of ingredients including:

2 cups brown sugar
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground cloves
2 tablespoons ground allspice
2 tablespoons ground nutmeg
4 eggs
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons vanilla
1/2 cup brandy
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
1 1/2 cups dried mixed fruit
1 1/2 cups melted butter
1 3/4 cups brandy

Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Grease and flour a round pan. In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, soda, spices, eggs, lemon rind, vanilla, brandy, fruit, nuts, and butter. Mix thoroughly. Pour into pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap cake in foil. Sprinkle two tablespoons brandy over the cake everyday for two weeks.

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