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Rum Fruit Cake
1 cup candied cherries, chopped
1 cup slivered citron
1 1/2 cup currants
1 cup pitted dates, chopped
1 1/4 cups figs, coarsely chopped
1 cup dried prunes, cooked, drained and chopped
2 cups dark seedless raisins
2 cups dark rum
1 cup softened butter
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar, sieved
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups slivered blanched almonds, toasted
Soak fruits in rum for 3 days.
Cream butter; add sugar, then cream again.
Beat in eggs one at a time.
Gradually add sifted dry ingredients; blend well.
Drain fruits; add nuts.
Pour batter over fruits and nuts; mix.
Pour into two prepared 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.
Bake at 275 degrees F for 2 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours.
Cool in pans on racks.
Wrap in aluminum foil; age for 1 month before using.