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Dried Fruit and Nut Cake

 

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Cook Time: 4 hrs.

Total Time: 4 hrs. and 10 mins.

Serves: 4 people

Cuisine: Main

Skill Level: Easy

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup (3.4 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 3/4 Cup  firmly packed light or dark brown sugar or raw sugar such as light muscovado or grated piloncillo
  • 1 Cup dried apricots, plums, pluots, pears, or peaches or a mixture (to measure, leave apricots or similar-size fruit whole and cut larger fruit in halves or thirds)
  • 2 Cups quartered moist dates or any other favorite dried fruits
  • 3 Cups (12 ounces) walnut halves
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  • Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Spray the loaf pans (either one 9-by-5-inch 8-cup loaf pan or two 8-by-4-inch 4-cup loaf pans) with vegetable oil spray or line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda, baking powder, and salt to combine. Add the brown sugar, all the dried fruit, and the nuts, and mix thoroughly with your fingers. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the vanilla until light. Pour the egg mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon or your hands until all the fruits and nuts are coated with batter. Scrape into the prepared pans.
  • Bake until the top is deep golden brown and the batter clinging to the fruit seems set, about 1 hour for smaller loaves, 10 to 15 minutes longer for a large loaf. Tent loosely with foil if the cake appears to be browning too much. Cool completely in the pans on a rack.
  • When completely cool, remove the cake from the pans.
  • To serve, cut into thin slices with a sharp heavy knife.

 

SHOPPING LIST

  • 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 3/4 Cup  firmly packed light or dark brown sugar or raw sugar such as light muscovado or grated piloncillo
  • 1 Cup dried apricots, plums, pluots, pears, or peaches or a mixture (to measure, leave apricots or similar-size fruit whole and cut larger fruit in halves or thirds)
  • 2 Cups quartered moist dates or any other favorite dried fruits
  • 3 Cups walnut halves
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract

 

Golden Rooster:

  • Eggs

Nick & Sue’s Deli or Camberwell Market Deli:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Brown sugar or raw sugar
  • Vanilla extract

Camberwell Fruit & Vege & Sweeties Fruit & Nuts:

  • Apricots
  • Plums
  • Pluots
  • Walnuts
  • Pears or peaches or a mixture

Pantry:

  • Salt
  • Brown sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder