Cake – White Christmas Fruit Cake NCC/TWC
[I don’t know original source for this – we’ve made many years we both continued to improve fruit/nut mix each year to 2011]
Three loaf batch (each about 4 ½ x 8 ½ x 2 ¼” and 3 lb.):
Grease pans, line bottom with wax paper, and grease paper too.
66 oz (not critical) Fruit and nuts:
20 oz. Pineapple Chunks (dried candied) – cut avg. chunk into 4 pcs.
15 oz White Raisins – sort thru to pick out any stems, hard pcs, leaf pcs, etc.
10 oz Chopped Dates (not whole Dates). (Not white, but tastes so good!)
5 oz. Dried Apricots – cut into small 1/8” to 3/16” cubes.
16 oz Walnuts (or Pecans) coarsely chopped.
4 ½ cups All-purpose Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp (or more) Lemon Peal (dry, ground)
1 7/8 stick Butter or Margarine softened
1 7/8 cups Sugar
8 med. Eggs
3 ¾ cups Orange Juice (w/pulp)
Combine fruit and nuts in a large mixing bowl (4 qt. possible – 5qt. better) .
Add dry ingredients to fruit and mix well.
In a smaller mixing bowl:
cream butter with sugar,
add eggs and mix well,
add juice and mix well.
Add to fruit and flour mixture and blend.
Transfer equally to three loaf pans, and press flat on top.
Bake at 275 degrees (cover with cookie sheet for first hour) for 2 ¼ to 2 ½ hours until top
is firm, and toothpick comes clean (check at 2 hrs).
Cool completely in pans.
Turn out, peal paper, wrap tightly, and store in refrigerator or freezer.
Slice thin (3/8 to ½”). Good spread with butter or cream cheese, or even plain!