This fruitcake needs no aging.

French Fruitcake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup candied orange peel
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light cream
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

    1 Toss the candied orange peel, walnuts, and raisins with 2 tablespoons flour. Set aside.

    2 In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar and honey. Beat in the egg, then the cream or milk, rum, and vanilla. Stir together the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour and the baking powder; beat into the creamed mixture. Stir in the fruits and nuts. Turn the batter into a greased and floured 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.

    3 Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Bake the cake 45 minutes longer, or until it tests done with a toothpick. Transfer to a rack to cool.


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