THE PROCRASTINATORS QUICK CHRISTMAS FRUITCAKE LOAF

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Procrastinating fruitcake loves.  All is not lost.  Whip this quick fruitcake loaf up and slice  and serve it the same day.

LIFE IS A FRUITFUL SLICE! MAKE THIS QUICK FRUITCAKE LOAF TODAY. ENJOY IT TODAY.
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An easy to make to glazed fruitcake loaf that slices beautiful. Enjoy it the same day you bake it.
Ingredients
  • 1 generous cup halved red or green glace cherries
  • 1½ cups of a mixture of candied mixed peel, dried currants and golden or dark raisins. Your choice.
  • ⅔ cup dried apricots, chopped (about 6-8)
  • ½ cup brandy or sherry
  • ⅔ cups (6.10 oz) soft, unsalted butter
  • ½ cup each granulated sugar and packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda and salt
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp each ground allspice, ground cloves and freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or a combination of pecans and slivered almonds your choice
  • Brandy or Sherry Glaze
  • l cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 7-8 tsp tsp brandy or sherry (approx)
Instructions
  1. Two hours before you plan on baking this loaf combine glace cherries, mixed peel, currants, raisins, apricots and brandy (or sherry) in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir and repeat. Cover and let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 325F. Generously butter a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Line with parchment paper, leaving overhang on the longest sides.
  3. In large bowl, using electric mixer, beat together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium speed until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in Vanilla.
  5. In separate bowel whisk together flour, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg until combined.
  6. Stir into the butter mixture just until combined.
  7. Stir the nuts into the fruit mixture and mix well.
  8. Stir the nuts/fruit mixture into the butter mixture in two additions - JUST UNTIL COMBINED.
  9. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top.
  10. Bake until cake tested inserted in centre comes out clean, about 1½ hours. Start checking your cake about 15 minutes or so before the end of baking time.
  11. BRAND (SHERRY) GLAZE
  12. In a small bowl whisk icing sugar with brandy or sherry. Add additional brandy ¼ tsp at a time, if needed, until consistency of molasses.
  13. Brush half of the icing over hot loaf and let cool completely in pan.
  14. Brush remaining glaze over cooled loaf. This helps even out the loafs rather bubbly surface.

 

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