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Fabulous Fruitcake aka Stow-Away Cake
From Dorothy McNett's recipes at www.dorothymcnett.com. This is delicious to eat "right now", but is intended to be stowed away for about 3-4 weeks wrapped in cheesecloth and visited occasionally with some brandy.
2 cups dried fruits, such as figs, dates, apricots, and prunes, chopped
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Lightly butter or oil a 10 inch, 12 cup pan or mold. Also prepare a smaller pan for the "leftover" batter. In a big bowl, combine the chopped fruit, raisins, currants, and nuts. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. In another bowl, using a mixer blend the softened butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Beat in the whiskey and vanilla. Blend with the fruit and nut mixture to mix in all of the dry ingredients. Scoop into prepared pan, smooth out the top, and bake for about two hours. Place on cooling rack and then remove the cake/cakes from the pans after about 15 min. Continue to cool on a rack. Soak cheesecloth in about 2 tablespoons more brandy and wrap the cake or cakes. Wrap with parchment paper or foil. Store for at least 3 weeks. It is a good idea to "visit" your fruitcake on occasion to sprinkle more brandy or whiskey over the cheesecloth. It can only get better!
Recipe created 1994-11-08.