Holiday Fruitcake with Louisiana Pecans
Cakes wrapped and stored in a cool place are at their best after 2 or 3 weeks of aging.
- 1 pound dark raisins
- 1 pound light raisins
- 2 pounds currants
- 1 pound citron
- 2 pounds Louisiana pecans
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon mace
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 pound butter
- 1 pound brown sugar
- 12 eggs
- 6 ounces orange marmalade
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup sherry
- Candied cherry halves
- Pecan halves
- Combine raisins and currents with citron and nuts.
- Sift flour with spices and resift; mix 2 cups of sifted flour mixture with the
fruit and nuts.
- Cream butter until soft and smooth, blend in sugar thoroughly, and add eggs one
at a time, beating well after each egg is added.
- Add marmalade, beat.
- Add remaining flour mixture alternately with honey and sherry mixing well after
- Stir in floured fruits and nuts, and mix well until distributed through the batter.
- Pack into loaf tins lined with 2 thicknesses of wax paper, top with candied cherries
and whole pecans halves and bake at 250 degrees F for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, depending
on size of pan. Cakes are done when they pull away from sides of pan and are firm to the touch in the center.
Posted by Cookin' Mom at Recipe Goldmine 11/14/2001 5:00 pm.
Source: Louisiana Conservationist - November/December 1991
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