vrijdag 22 november 2013

Traditional Fruitcake (Kopie)

•6 Tbsp unsalted butter
•1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
•2 cups brown sugar
•2 tsp lemon extract
•1 tsp vanilla
•1 cup Egg Beaters or similar egg substitute
•1 cup molasses
•2 cups apples, peeled & chopped
•4 ½ cup unbleached flour
•1 tsp baking powder
•1 tsp salt
•1 Tbsp cinnamon
•½ Tbsp allspice
•1 tsp ground nutmeg
•1 tsp ground cloves
•1 tsp baking powder
•1 tsp salt
•1 cup pecans, chopped
•1 cup walnuts, halved
•1 cup dried currants
•1 cup dried cranberries
•1 cup dried apricots, chopped
•1 cup candied cherries
•½ cup candied pineapple
•½ cup dark raisins
•½ cup golden raisins

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray 2 8-inch springform pans or 4 loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray, sprinkle flour in pans, shake to distribute and tap gently to discard excess. Steam apple chunks in covered saucepan with a small amount of water until tender, drain, and set aside to cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl or electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy, then stir in brown sugar and applesauce gradually, alternating between the two. Add extracts of lemon and vanilla, egg substitute, cooled apples, and molasses, stirring well. Mix flour and spices separately, add half this mixture to the wet ingredients and beat together. Gradually add second half of dry ingredient mixture, mixing until thoroughly combined. Fold in fruit and nuts and stir to evenly distribute throughout batter. Spoon into pans and bake 60 to 75 minutes, until skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes before using a knife to loosen sides of cake from pan. Cool on cake rack or clean, dry plate. If storing, wait until completely cool before wrapping.

For those who enjoy a "boozy" fruitcake, or if your dried fruits seem like they could use some moisture, soak dried fruits overnight in enough brandy or hard cider to cover them completely. Use 1/4 cup of this liquor with 3/4 cup molasses, instead of a full cup of molasses alone.

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