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Dave's Garden Cookbook: AMARETTO FRUITCAKE

The 2001 Dave's Garden Cookbook


By gardendragon

Category: Cakes, Cheesecakes and Icings

1 cups golden raisins, about 6 oz
4 oz diced candied citron peel
8 oz candied red cherries
4 oz candied green cherries
8 oz candied yellow pineapple
cup each of brandy and Amaretto or cup brandy
cup all purpose flour
4 oz package whole blanched almonds
cup each butter & shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
1-2 tsp almond flavouring
2 cups all purpose flour
cup each of brandy & Amaretto or cup brandy
cup milk
2 oz ( cup) ground almonds

DAY 1: Place raisins, peel and whole cherries in a large bowl. Cut pineapple inot " pieces and add. Pour cup each of brandy and Amaretto over top. Mix throughly, cover and leave overnight.
DAY 2: Preheat oven to 275. Grease a 6 and a 5" round fruit cake pan, or any suitable baking pans that will hold at least 11 cups batter. Line the pans with heavy brown paper and grease the paper. Sprinkle cup flour over the fruit mixture, and toss to coat fruit. Mix in whole nuts.
Place cup each of butter & shortening in a large mixing bowl. Beat together until creamy. Gradually beat in the sugar, eggs, then the flavourings. Add 1 teaspoon almond flavouring if you've added almond liqueur or 2 teaspoons if you've only added brandy. Add about cup of flour, beating just until mixed. Beat in the brandy & Amaretto. Add another cup of flour, beating just until mixed. Beat in the milk and remaining cup flour. Then stir in the almonds. Pour over the fruit and nut mixture and stir until combined.
Turn into the prepared cake pans and smooth the top. Place a pan containing water on the bottom rack of the oven. Bake cakes in the centre of preheated oven for 2 - 3 hours. Remove from oven, let cool in pans on a rack for 15 - 20 minutes. Then remove from the pans & peel off paper. Cool completely. Wrap cakes in cheesecloth moistened with brandy and store in a tightly covered container or overwrap with foil.
Makes 5 lbs about 113 calories per 1 oz slice.

  Extra Notes  
This is a very white fruit cake and even though the English always put Almond paste and Royal icing on their fruit cakes this cake I never put anything on as it is such a lovely white cake.

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