Christmas Special Fruitcake

Ingredients:

3 cups coarsely chopped Brazil nuts or other nuts (walnuts, pecans or
hazelnuts)
1 pound pitted dates, coarsely chopped
1 cup halved maraschino cherries
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

1. In a large bowl, combine the nuts, dates and cherries. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; add to nut mixture, stirring until nuts and fruit are well coated.
2. In a small bowl, beat eggs until foamy; stir in vanilla. Fold into nut mixture and mix well. Pour into a greased and parchment paper-lined 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan.
3. Bake at 300 for 1-3/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Yield: 24 servings.

Helpful Hints:

I've made this quick and easy fruitcake many times during the past several years,
giving it to family and friends for Christmas gifts. I also gave one to my doctor, and he claims it's the best fruitcake he's ever tasted.
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings
Nutritional Facts
1 serving (1 slice) equals 230 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 71 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.


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