Tuesday, December 20, 2011

For MeowLady

Credit where credit is due:
Cooks.com and a Southern cooking website that I can no longer find.

This recipe will make 2 - 3 fruitcakes, depending on size (I get 3 each 9x5 loaves)
Oven temp: 300 - 325. ( I use 325)
Time:  2 - 2.5 hours (mine tend to go about 2 hours) - done when toothpick comes out of center clean
Pan prep:  line with brown paper or foil and grease liberally with Crisco or other shortening

List of ingredients:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar (I use light brown)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup strong coffee
  • 2.25 cups Captain Morgan spiced rum (original)  - This will be divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 1 cup strawberry jam (seedless)
  • 1 15 oz box dark raisins
  • 1 15 oz box currants
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries (I use Ranier, if I can find them)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup dried mango
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 8 oz citron
Rough chop the "trail mix" fruit (cherries, mango, apricots) so that there are largish chunks so that you can taste individual flavors

1 - 2 days before making soak the raisins and currants in 2 cups Captain Morgan

Cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy
Add eggs one at a time
Add molasses and cream well
Mix flour, spices and salt in a separate bowl
Combine milk, 1/4 cup Captain Morgan, coffee, and baking soda
Alternately add flour mixture and milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour
mix in strawberry jam
drain raisins and currants
add all fruit and mix until covered with batter
when completely cool - remove foil/ paper
wrap in foil (or plastic wrap) and place in a zip lock and refrigerate

Non-Alcoholic Version:
For Captain Morgan, substitute Martinelli's Apple Cider (3 cups) with Martinelli's Mulling Spices (1 pack mulling spice/ cup of cider) microwave and let sit.  use  2 1/4 cups of the spiced cider - drink the left over.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! Sorry I didn't catch this till just now (sob!), but I love fruitcake, so ... who cares if mine's a bit late? :) Blessings to you and yours!