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Easy Holiday Fruitcake

Course: Breads
Cuisine: Caribbean
Author: Felix (Simply Trini Cooking)

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups raisins
  • 1 cup cherries chopped
  • ½ cup dates seedless and chopped
  • ¼ cup mixed candied fruit
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour sifted
  • ¾ cup uncooked oatmeal
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp powdered nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp powdered cloves
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • ½ tsp.vanilla essence

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mixed fruits and almond nuts together in a large bowl.
  • In another bowl, beat the butter until soft;
  • then add the sugar and cream the butter and sugar together.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. beat well.
  • Mix dry ingredients together. Set aside ¾ of the dry ingredients.
  • Mix the remaining ¼ of dry ingredients with the fruits and nuts.
  • dd the reserved ¾ of the dry ingredients to butter mixture; mix well.
  • Pour batter over fruit; mix well.
  • Add orange juice and vanilla essence. Mix well.
  • Preheat oven at slow 275 degrees F. Grease a small loaf pan; line pans with waxed paper. Grease the paper. Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 1 ½ hours. Let cool thoroughly. Brush with brandy or orange juice. Cover and keep in cool place, not in the refrigerator. Please note, it is best to cut this cake with a sharp knife.