Christmas Fruitcake

I realize many people feel strongly one way or the other about fruitcake and I just started eating them myself last year-even though I have been making my Mom’s recipe since she passed in 1994. Many people who love these cakes get as my Christmas present to them.

Ingredients :

1 1/2 lbs Fruitcake Mix
1 1/2 lbs Cherries
1 1/2 lbs Pineapple
2 lbs Nuts (pecans & walnuts)
1 lbs Raisins
1/2 c Flour


Toss together with flour to coat

2 c shortening (I use butter)
4 c packed brown sugar (2lb bag)
8 lg eggs
1 c grape juice
1 c grape jelly
5 1/2 c flour-suggest a soft winter wheat flour (like White Lily)
2 t baking powder
2 t salt
1 t cinnamon
5 t pumpkin pie spice

Directions :

Cream together shortening and sugar.
Add eggs 2 a time mixing well
Combine grape juice and jelly
Add dry ingredients (flour etc) and juice alternately
Add to fruit and nuts mix well
Bake at 250* for 2-4 hour

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