Sometimes the classic holiday treats never die. You might need an afternoon to bake this Christmas favorite, but the returns are substantial, and the kudos you receive from your guests will be immense. The Christmas fruit cake is one that is chock full of possibilities and different options, but you’re not held only to the extra ingredients listed her. Go ahead, try this recipe and experiment with it to see what suits you best.
How to Make Christmas Fruitcake
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/3 cups of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- 4 large eggs
- ¼ cup of molasses
- 3 cups of raisins
- 1 ½ of pitted dates
- ¾ cup of cherries
- 1 2/3 cups of nuts or pecans
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line 2 bread pans with aluminum foil and then grease the foil with shortening.
- Combine all ingredients except for the fruits. Mix on low speed while regularly scraping the bowl for about 30 seconds.
- Mix on medium speed for approximately 3 minutes while regularly scraping the bowl.
- Stir in fruit and nuts.
- Spread batter into pans.
- Bake for 2 ½ to 3 hours.
How to Bake a Fruit Cake
When baking, stick a toothpick or cake tester into the center. If it comes back clean, the fruit cake is finished. Allow the cake time to cool. You might also want to try drizzling a sweet glaze on the fruitcake. This should be done just before the fruitcake is served. Also, you can avoid excessive browning by covering the fruitcake with aluminum foil during the last hour of baking.
This fruitcake is one that is best if prepared several weeks in advance of Christmas or your Christmas social function (or if you’re enjoying it just for pleasure). Given this, you will want to prepare accordingly. Wrap the cakes in foil or plastic wrap after they have cooled.
Try to buy fresh fruits and nuts and avoid anything that is artificial. If you don’t plan to bake anything further this Christmas, and are worried about wasting ingredients, you can buy your ingredients at a bulk food store. This will keep your costs lower and prevent waste. You can pour brandy or wine over the cakes to give them some extra zip. Alternatively you can cover the cakes in wine or brandy soaked cloths. Enjoy!