Mike's Fabulous Fruitcake

“I wanted to make fruitcake this year that people would enjoy and actually eat. Here is the recipe I came up with. My sister-in-law even asked for it! (Please note that my wife came up with the title, not me.) Time does not include "curing." (can also make 3 to 4 full sized loaves, approx)”
READY IN:
3hrs 20mins
YIELD:
25-30 mini loaves
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Coarsely chop fruit, orange and lemon peel, ginger, and walnuts, then soak overnight in Southern Comfort.
  3. In a very large bowl (a very big KitchenAid mixer works well) beat together the butter, brown sugar, and golden syrup, then beat in the eggs one at a time.
  4. Add in flour, spices, and fruit-nut mixture.
  5. Put in a greased 10-inch square pan or put in greased mini loaf pans; do not fill pans more than 2/3 full.
  6. If using one pan, set it in a water bath to bake, but a water bath is not necessary for mini-loaves; bake at 275 degrees F for 3-4 hours (1-2 hours for mini loaves).
  7. Cakes are done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean and dry.
  8. Optional: soak finished fruitcake (s), wrapped in cheesecloth, in additional Southern Comfort.
  9. Optional (preferred): let loaves"cure" for about 30 days in an airtight container in a cool place.
  10. Makes about 25-30 mini loaves or 3 to 4 full sized loaves.

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