Let’s be honest here, you probably knew what I was referencing before you even read my post today. Not many Christmas desserts make you think of a door stopper. At Christmas time when I was young I remember my Mother opening up a tin of purchased or gifted fruitcake. We would each have a small slice of fruitcake (or aka brick of fruit) filled with sugar coated dried fruit and nuts with a glass of milk or cup of tea. It was so dense and stomach turning sweet, your teeth actually jumped out of your mouth to find the nearest dentist! Whether you loved it or loathed it, it always seemed to make its way to our table.
What if fruitcake was remade, lighter fluffier and well …just better. Can you still call it fruitcake? This recipe for a light and airy fruitcake will make visions of sugar plums take a backseat as each slice of this new Christmas fruitcake floats onto your plate. Enjoy!
What You Need
2 1/2 Cups self-rising flour (cake flour) divided
1/2 lb. unsalted butter (room temp.)
1 2/3 Cup sugar
1 ½ tsp. Vanilla extract
1 Can dark sweet cherries (sliced)
1 Cup Craisins (dried cranberries)
½ Cup golden raisins (optional)
1 Can (15 oz.) dark sweet cherries (drained sliced) save juice*
Nonstick cooking spray
9 x 5 loaf pan
Electric mixer (or hand mixer, that’s what I use)
Large mixing bowl
Wire cooling rack
Before You Start
Preheat oven to 325°, spray inside bottom and sides with nonstick cooking spray, add ½ cup flour to small bowl and place fruit into four in bowl and coat well tossing with a spoon to coat, this will help to keep the fruit from sinking to the bottom.
Let’s Make It!
In a bowl add butter and mix on medium speed until creamy, add sugar ( a little at a time) and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating each in well. Using a large spoon add flour and vanilla. Combine well. Gently fold in the floured cherries and craisins. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 to ½ hours, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool.
Katies’ Tid Bits* Dust with powdered sugar, drizzle with chocolate, or your favorite icing before you serve. Try adding the reserved cherry juice as a drizzle. Just combine with a bit of confectioners sugar, whisk and drizzle over the top.
Will you kick the doorstop to the curb and make this yummy Christmas dessert
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