Thursday, October 05, 2006

Fruit Cake

I found this at Chyrll's Corner and since it is coming up on Christmas and there are those who love fruit cake, I thought I would post it here.

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 -1/4 cups packed brown sugar
4 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 pound chopped candied fruit
2 packages (8 ounces each) pitted dates, chopped
1 package (15 ounces) raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped pecans or almonds
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup ornage juice

1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup flour, candied fruit, dates, raisins and nuts; toss until well coated. Set aside. Combine the baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and remaining flour; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice. Stir in fruit and nut mixture; mix well. Spoon into five greased 5-3/4 in. x 3-in. x 2-in. baking pans (pans will be full). Bake at 325 f for 1 hour. Cover with foil; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. In a bowl, combine glaze ingredients. With a pastry brush, brush glaze over warm loaves. Cool completely.

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