Fruit Cake
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Cooking time - Prep time: 45 min - Cook time: 2 hours 15 min - Ready in: 3 hours - Yields: 20+
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 20
  • 2 cups brown sugar, any kind or combination
  • ⅔ cup shortening, or margarine or butter
  • 2 cups water, or any combination of fruit juice or applesauce
  • 2 cups raisins, or sultanas
  • 2 cups currants
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup nuts, some whole and mostly chopped
  • 1 to 2 cups glazed or candied fruit
  • 10 glazed cherries, garnish
  1. Read through the instructions first!Boil sugar, shortening, water [reserve ¼ cup], raisins and currants with cinnamon and other spices that are available. Boil for 3 minutes.
  2. Set aside to cool.In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. No need to sift.
  3. When the wet ingredients are cooled, can be warm or room temperature, not hot as the soda will 'cook', you can add the flour mix.
  4. Take the reserved water to 'wash out' the pan with to get all the cinnamon/spices and add to the mix.
  5. Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients one cup at a time. Make sure it is thoroughly incorporated. You will see the mix foam up some.
  6. Lastly add the chopped nuts, and glazed fruit. Mix well. The dough will be very stiff.
  7. Place in the greased pans and bake. Bake in separate containers such as small loaf pans, pie tins, baby loaf pans or muffin tins. Fill each container half to ⅔ full. It will not raise up much.
  8. You still have to bake it at least 30 to 40 minutes. A full bread loaf pan takes an hour to cook as it is too deep. It is better to cook it in smaller portions. It still stays very moist and not dry.
  9. Test with a toothpick after 30 minutes. Bake 350 degrees F.
Recipe by JAQUO Lifestyle Magazine at