Old Fashioned Dark Fruitcake
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time: 2-5 hrs
serves/makes: 48recipe id: 119817cook method: oven, stovetop
4 cups applesauce
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup shortening or butter
4 cups flour, divided
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 package (10 ounce size) pitted dates, chopped
1 package (1 pound size) raisins
1 package (1 pound size) glazed mixed fruit
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Grease and lightly flour 4 (5-by-9-inch) loaf pans. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a saucepan, heat applesauce. Add sugar and shortening. Cool. Stir in 3 3/4 cups flour, soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Blend thoroughly.
Dredge dates, raisins, glazed fruit and nuts in remaining 1/4 cup flour. Add to batter. Mix well. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans.
Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours or until cakes test done. Cool on racks. Wrap in juice- or wine-soaked cheesecloth, then wrap in aluminum foil. Store in refrigerator or a cool place.
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