How to make it

  • Combine dried fruits, candied ginger and both zests.
  • Add rum and macerate overnight, or microwave for 5 minutes to re-hydrate fruit.
  • Place fruit and liquid in a non-reactive pot with the sugar, butter,
  • apple juice and spices.
  • Bring mixture to a boil stirring often, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and cool for at least 15 minutes. Batter can be completed up to this point, then covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days.
  • Bring to room temperature before completing cake.
  • Heat oven to 325F.
  • Combine dry ingredients and sift into fruit mixture.
  • Quickly bring batter together with a large wooden spoon, then stir in eggs one at a time until completely integrated, then fold in nuts.
  • Spoon into a 10-inch non-stick loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.
  • Check for doneness by inserting toothpick into the middle of the cake.
  • If it comes out clean, it's done.
  • If not, bake another 10 minutes, and check again.
  • Remove cake from oven and place on cooling rack or trivet.
  • Baste or spritz top with brandy and allow to cool completely before turning out from pan.
  • When cake is completely cooled, seal in a tight sealing, food safe
  • container.
  • Every 2 to 3 days, feel the cake and if dry, spritz with
  • brandy.
  • The cake's flavor will enhance considerably over the next two
  • weeks.
  • If you decide to give the cake as a gift, be sure to tell the
  • recipient that they are very lucky indeed.
  • Note: Place a pot of water in the oven when baking for moistness.

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  • SARTLC 1 year ago
    Is this recipe calling for 1 or 2 teaspoons of baking soda?
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    I love Alton Brown's recipes! He's got cooking down to a science! Saved, thanks!
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    " It was excellent "
    chefelaine ate it and said...
    A SUPERB RECIPE!!! This reminds me soooooooooooo much of a delicious German Fruit cake I tasted years ago.
    This is a keeper!!! HIGH FIVE!

    Elaine ~:+D
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    " It was excellent "
    clbacon ate it and said...
    I love a GOOD fruitcake.....any time of the year! Thanks for a great recipe!
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    wow one super fruit cake better than store bought for sure. high5
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