Dark Fruitcake For The Holidays or Any Time of Year

A sinfully delicious fruitcake that you can enjoy during the holidays or any other time of the year.

16 oz Citron, candied – (or candied fruit-and peels)
8 oz Cherries, candied
1 c Raisins, dark
1 c Raisins, golden
1 1/3 c Calmyra figs, cut -into pieces
1 1/3 c Dates (pitted), cut -into small slices
1 1/2 c Pecan halves – (or walnut halves -if necessary)
1/2 c Brandy
3 c Flour (white)
2 t Baking powder
2 t Salt
1 T Cinnamon, ground
1 t Nutmeg, ground
1 t Allspice, ground
1 t Cloves, ground
4 Eggs
1 3/4 c Brown sugar, packed
1 c Orange juice
3/4 c Butter, melted – (cooled)
1/4 c Molasses, light – (treacle)

Mix fruits together in a bowl.  Pour brandy over fruits. Turn fruit
mixture over every 20 minutes.  Soaking time is a matter of taste, but two
hours is typical.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Prepare tube pan: grease sides and bottom.

Line bottom and sides with greased brown paper.

In a very large bowl, mix flour, spices, baking powder and salt. Stir until spices are evenly blended throughout.

In a third bowl beat eggs until fluffy. Add brown sugar, orange juice, molasses and butter. Mix, making sure that all the sugar dissolves.

Pour off any liquid from fruit mixture and add the fruit and the nuts to
the dry ingredients.

Mix until all fruit pieces are coated. Then pour in the liquids and mix gently until you have an evenly-mixed batter.

Pour batter into pan and bake at 300 degrees F. for 1 hour.  Cover pan with
foil and bake for 1 hour more or until toothpick inserted in center comes
out clean.

Cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan. Peel off paper
very carefully.

Put cake in cake tin lined with foil.  For the next 3 to 4 weeks, sprinkle
a little brandy over cake twice a week.

Keep cake covered and store the tin in the refrigerator.  If you prefer to omit the brandy, cover top of cake with very thin slices of apple instead.