Can you believe that I started this post for Fruitcake over a year ago? Well, this past year has been really busy and a lot of things have happened: I sold my home and B&B, quit my part-time job and moved from Montana (where I have lived all my life) to Tenn. to be closer to my son and his family. It is like a whole different world than what I have been used to. At the moment I am living in a 28 foot travel trailer looking for a place to live; so I decided to start working on my blog again.
I found my camera, in the storage unit, so can now take photos of the things I make. (The photo for this post was taken about a year ago.) The space that I have to cook in is extremely small so this might be a challenge… I also do not have all my cooking “tools,” as some are somewhere in the storage unit or still in Montana, but I’ll see what I can do.
My son and a friend of his brought my Traeger grill over so I can use it for baking. In the past I have baked bread and brownies in it – so I figured I can do most anything in it. I also have a small gas oven and three gas burners in the RV, plus an induction cooktop, my airfryer, the sous vide, the Instant Pot, rice cooker and the electric griddle – I should be able to do something with all of those appliances – right?
Years ago I remember a commercial that showed a guy opening presents on Christmas Day; he was so happy… until he opened the one that had a fruitcake in it! His little face just fell and he immediately went out to the dumpster and threw it out. This recipe is really worth keeping. I swear! I got it from my aunt Bev a long time ago and it is still one of my favorite fruitcake recipes – the other one is my mother’s recipe (a post for a later date). Maybe if I renamed this one: Orange Candy Cake….. hmmmmmm – or Orange Christmas Cake. Whatever it is called, it will be good.
3/4 c. shortening
2 c. sugar
3 c. applesauce
3 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
4 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. cloves
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. salt
1 c. nuts, chopped
1 lb dates, chopped
1 lb. candy orange slices, cut into small pieces
Preheat oven to 325 F.
Butter 2 loaf pans and coat with sugar.
Cream shortening and sugar together.
Add eggs and applesauce.
Combine flour, soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
Stir in nuts, raisins and candy.
Stir into cream mixture.
Bake at 325 for 1 1/2 hours. (Place pan of water on bottom rack of oven with the 2 loaf pans above it on another rack.)
- 3/4 c. shortening
- 2 c. sugar
- 3 eggs
- 3 c. applesauce
- 3 1/2 c. flour
- 2 t. baking soda
- 4 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. cloves
- 1 t. nutmeg
- 1 t. salt
- 1 c. nuts
- 1 lb dates, chopped
- 1 lb. candy orange slices, cut in small pieces
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- Butter 2 loaf pans and coat with sugar.
- Cream shortening and sugar together.
- Add eggs and applesauce.
- Combine flour, soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
- Stir in nuts, raisins and candy.
- Stir into cream mixture.
- Bake at 325 for 1 1/2 hours. (Place pan of water on bottom rack of oven with the 2 loaf pans above it on another rack.)
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