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Dried Fruit Cake II (D, TNT)
Source: Myself
Serves: about 12 slices

2 cups about - all sorted dry fruits, apricots, peaches, pears, and papayas
1 cup Vermouth,- soak the above fruits over night, or with any other good brandy
1/2 cup raisins
3 cups all kind of nuts: walnuts, cashews, almonds, and hazelnuts

Ingredients for the batter:
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar (you can add another 1/4 cup)
3 big eggs
2 cups self raising flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
Note: add the cinnamon and nutmeg to the flour
1 tsp. vanilla essence - add to the juice

Fruits and nuts:
Drain the soaked fruits, reserve the juice, and add orange juice to have 1/3 cup of liquid. Cut the fruits into big pieces. Add the raisins and nuts blend well, set aside for further use.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at the time with 1 tbsp. of flour. Add the rest of the flour alternately with the juice. Switch off the electric mixer, and add by hand all the nuts/fruits. Blend real well.

Buttered 2 small loaf bread baking pan, and dust with some biscuits [cookie] crumbs. Arrange the batter in the pans, and beat the pan on a wooden board to flatten the dough. Bake in a pre heated 350°F/180°C hot oven for about 40-45 minutes.

Cool for 15 minutes then invert the cakes on a rack to cool. To cut the cake, use bread knife.

Poster's Notes: This is the recipe that I just worked out for "My" Tu Bishvat cake. I think that from too much reading cooking books, I am not quite sure if I saw this recipe some where, or I just thought to myself, "It can't be bad, so lets try it" :). It did came out really very, very good, and I think I'll put it as one of my collection. :)

Posted by Rina Perry

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A