Not Your Grandma’s Fruitcake

Fruitcake is perhaps one of the most misunderstood holiday desserts of all time.

It’s true, some store-bought varieties are better suited as door stops ““ but when made correctly, this dish can be absolutely delicious. Try out this recipe and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 ° F, grease and lightly flour two loaf pans.
  2. In a small saucepan, simmer orange juice on medium-high.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together pineapple, currants, apricots, cherries and orange peel.
  4. Pour orange juice over the fruit and let sit until liquid is mostly absorbed – strain fruit to remove excess liquid. Add ½ cup all-purpose flour to fruit, toss to coat.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining all-purpose flour, baking powder, allspice and cinnamon.
  6. In another large mixing bowl, combine sugar, butter and oil and blend on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add molasses, vanilla and egg whites (one at a time), beating continuously.
  7. Stir in the flour/baking powder/spice mixture.
  8. Pour batter over the fruit and mix together – once well combined, divide mixture and pour into loaf pans.
  9. Garnish with cherries and pecans.
  10. Bake at 275 ° F for 1 hour, 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Let cool and remove from pans before serving.
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