Let me just start this post out by saying I have never been a fan of fruitcake. I actually find it kind of gross. And then I found this recipe. I read through it sceptically and almost didn't try it. But then I thought, "Something with that much booze in it couldn't possibly be that bad...." So I made it. And it was delicious.
The recipe is from an Everyday Food magazine (thank you, Martha!). A very simple recipe to make. You don't like fruitcake? Give it a go, you might change your mind.
Recipe from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food magazine
Soundtrack - Hank Williams
1 c. brandy
5 c. dried fruit, coarsely chopped (I used apricots, cranberries, dates, golden raisins and pineapple)
2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. butter, room temperature
2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 13x9 pan. Line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Grease the parchment and set aside.
*One year I neglected to do this. I was sorry I didn't. Even though I had greased the pan very well, I still couldn't get the bars out of the pan. Don't skip this step.
In a medium saucepan, heat the brandy until simmering. Remove from heat and stir in fruit; cool to room temp. Stir 1 c. of flour into the brandied fruit mixture; set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla. Add remaining flour and mix until just combined. Fold in fruit mixture; transfer batter to prepared pan and smooth top.
Bake for 45-50min. or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 1 hour. Using paper overhang, lift out of pan; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely (still on paper). Invert fruitcake, peel off paper and with a serrated knife cut into 24 pieces. Dust with icing sugar if desired.
Hope you enjoy these! xo