Wonderful fruitcake without that nasty citron. Not only does it taste great, but it looks very pretty and it’s easy enough for an 18-year-old to make (me)! I make this at Thanksgiving so it’s ready for Christmas.
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups dates, pitted and chopped
1 (16 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained
9 ounces candied pineapple
2 1/2 cups pecan halves
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons peach brandy
1 Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Place parchment paper on bottom and sides of pan, and grease the parchment paper (cooking sprays also work well).
2 Mix together flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add dates, drained cherries, pineapple, and pecans to flour. Stir to coat well. Add eggs to fruit mixture; stir well. Pour batter into prepared pan, making sure to press the mixture very firmly into the pan to eliminate air bubbles.
3 Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until cake tests done. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Take out of the pan, and remove parchment paper.
4 Brush corn syrup all over top and sides of cake. Brush with 2 tablespoons peach brandy. Rewrap in the used parchment paper, and then in aluminum foil for storage. Brush with 2 tablespoons of peach brandy each week.