I love the cake part. I do not like candied fruit. (Don't send hate mail. It's a personal preference). I like fresh fruit. I like it all year. You can't buy it all year. The ones you buy are typically dry and have been made months in advance. Yuk! So the answer? Bake my own.
My family has a recipe that is called Boiled cake. Or, if you struggle in making it, we have affectionately called it 'that sh*&%^!! boiled cake'. Still, the recipe called for those petrified candied fruits. Again, yuk! So, I altered the recipe. Below is my favorite recipe. It uses raisins, fresh apples, fresh or canned pineapple, maraschino cherries, and optional walnuts. It takes a bit of time to make, but is well worth it. So, moist you will feel like it was fresh baked even days later. Warm it in the microwave and melt some butter over it.
Delicious! Give it a try.
2 C raisins
1 chopped apple
2 C sugar
3/4 C shortening
2 C water
Combine above ingredients and boil for 2 minutes. Add:
1 ½ tsp. each of Cinnamon, Allspice, and Nutmeg. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp baking soda. Stir well. Allow to cool.
When mixture has completely cooled, add enough flour to make a medium batter (approx. 2 C)
Add 2 beaten eggs, 1 C nuts, and any of the following you desire:
1 can chopped pineapple
1 large can Maraschino cherries
chopped dried apricots, figs, or dates
any other fresh or dried fruit you desire (I stay away from the candied stuff. It hurts my teeth and my tastebuds).
Bake in a greased and floured pan at 350 degrees. Loaf pans for 45 minutes, and angel food pans for 1 hr. 15 min. Allow to cool, slice and serve warm with butter, or as is.
Thanks Aunt Lola, and mom for handing this down through the years.
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