Quick Holiday Fruitcake

1 package of our date bar mix
2/3 cup hot water
3 eggs
1/4 cup Gold Medal flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon each nutmeg and allspice
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts
1 cup candied cherries
1 cup cut-up dried apricots
1/2 cup cut-up candied pineapple
Apple Jelly Glaze (below)

Heat oven to 325°. Grease and flour loaf pan, 9 x 5 x 3 inches. Blend date filling from date bar mix package and hot water. Add crumbly mix, eggs, flour, baking powder and spices; mix thoroughly. Stir in nuts, cherries, apricots and pineapple. Spread mixture evenly in pan.

Bake about 1 hour and 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool thoroughly. Wrap in plastic wrap or aluminum foil; refrigerate. Glaze cake just before serving.

Apple Jelly Glaze: Heat 1/4 cup apple or currant jelly over low heat until smooth, stirring occasionally. Spoon over cake.

A refreshing topping for this fruitcake is Apricot Hard Sauce: Beat 1/4 cup soft butter until fluffy; gradually beat in 2 cups confectioners’ sugar. Stir in 1/4 cup preserves. Chill. About 1 cup.

©Copyright 1971 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

3 thoughts on “Quick Holiday Fruitcake

  1. iamsurly Post author

    So… my friend over at Dinner is Served 1972 (http://yinzerella.wordpress.com) nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award. I thought we weren’t exchanging gifts this holiday season. So I felt obligated to get her a little something. This lovely card was selected with her in mind. Read into that what you will. You always do.


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