Golden Apple Fruitcake

Golden Apple Fruitcake

Serves 14


3 Gala or Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and
2 cups mixed, diced candied fruit, plus more for garnish if
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans, plus more for garnish if desired
1 cup chopped dates
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup vegetable shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
Sugar Icing (recipe follows)

Sugar Icing
In medium bowl, blend 1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons butter or margarine. Add 1teaspoon rum flavoring and 1 to 2 tablespoons milk; mix until smooth and spreading consistency.

  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch tube pan; line bottom with waxed paper and grease again. In medium bowl, combine apples, 2 cups candied fruit, and 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, and the dates; sprinkle with 1/2 cup flour and mix well; set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, combine remaining 2 1/2 cups flour, the baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, salt, and baking soda; set aside. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat shortening and both sugars until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Stir in reserved fruit mixture.
  3. Spread batter in prepared pan. Place pan of water in oven with fruitcake. Bake 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan. Meanwhile, prepare Sugar Icing. To serve, frost top of fruitcake with icing and garnish with candied fruit and pecan halves, if desired.
Nutrition information per serving
Protein: 6g; Fat: 27g; Carbohydrate: 95g; Fiber: 4g; Sodium: 287 mg; Cholesterol: 64mg; Calories: 628.

Thanks to the Washington Apple Website for this recipe.

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