Best Holiday Fruitcake Recipe: How To Make It

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Fruit cake is a classic holiday dessert that you’re going to lớn love! With this recipe, you’ll get a moist, flavorful treat every time!

Not only are these types of bread delicious, but they’re great for gifting! Apple, lemon, và blueberry banana bread are more fruit-filled desserts that will be loved wherever they go!

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Amazing Holiday Fruitcake Recipe

I’m going to lớn be honest here. I don’t get the hate for fruit cake! If made properly, fruit cake can compete with the best of them. Get the idea that fruit cake is hard and flavorless out of your head! At its core, fruit cake is just a quick bread with more mix-ins added. It can be as soft, moist, và wonderful as your favorite banana bread! This tasty fruit cake has a melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar bread base. From there, you địa chỉ in all of your favorite fillings! From dates to lớn dried pineapple, raisins to cherries, the sky is the limit! The best part of it all is that you can soak them all in your favorite liquor for added flavor! This recipe is easily customizable.

I’ve been making this fruit cake for friends, family, & neighbors and they have all been loving it! It’s a great way to lớn spread a little holiday cheer. Delicious, too! Once you take a bite of this cake filled with the flavors of caramelized brown sugar, zesty citrus, & rich fruit, you’ll be hooked! There’s a reason it’s been hanging around since ancient times! This rustic recipe is incredible & bursting with so much flavor. Let’s make some fruit cake!

Fruit Cake Ingredients

This ingredient menu is on the longer side, but the good news is most of them are mix-ins! Not a fan of some of them? You can easily swap them out for other toppings or omit them entirely. See my tips below for more suggestions on what to địa chỉ to your fruit cake!

Cake Base

All-Purpose Flour: All-purpose flour has a low protein content so it’s good for keeping your fruitcake on the lighter side. Flours with too much protein will make it hard and dense.Baking Soda and Baking Powder: A combination of both is necessary for a fruit cake that raises properly.Salt: Added khổng lồ enhance all flavors!Unsalted ButterUnsalted, room temperature butter will phối into your dough perfectly and địa chỉ a rich flavor.Granulated Sugar and Dark Brown Sugar: I lượt thích using a set of granulated và dark brown sugar in my fruit cake. Granulated for sweetness, dark brown sugar for a deeper flavor. They’ll give you the best caramelized flavor when baked.Sour Cream: The secret ingredient for moist cake và a hint of tangy flavor!Egg: Used to bind everything together. Make sure it’s room temperature! It will set together more smoothly.Lemon & Orange Zest: I love adding citrus zest to lớn balance out sweetness. It’s nice and aromatic, too!Finely Diced Crystalized Ginger: Crystalized, or “candied” ginger is going lớn give your cake a sweet flavor with a hint of spice. Perfect for the holidays!

Mix-Ins

Liquor: Traditionally, dark rum or brandy is used. You can also substitute forapple juice or orange juice if you don’t want to lớn use alcohol.Glazed Cherries: Also known as candied or maraschino cherries, these are a wonderful addition to lớn your sweet cake!Chopped Dates: Dates are sweet & moist with an almost caramel-y flavor. Perfect for a sweet bread!Golden and Dark Raisins: I like using a set of golden và dark raisins. It not only gives your bread more color, but tastes great, too! Golden raisins are tart while dark raisins are rich. They make a great combination!Dried Pineapple: Sweet and tangy, dried pineapple adds a great flavor và texture to lớn your bread.

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Chopped Nuts:I love using a blend of almonds, walnuts, and pecans.

How to Make the Best Fruit Cake

You’re going lớn love how simple it is khổng lồ make this fruity treat! Just a few minutes of prep và then it’s hands-off in the oven! I love anything that will put a little time back into my day. Especially around the holidays! But be warned: this fruit cake smells absolutely divine when it’s baking và may give you a case of Christmas cheer!

Preparing Batter

Soak Toppings: (Optional) Prepare at least 24 hours before baking by soaking your dried fruit mixture in dark rum or brandy. If you prefer the cake to be non alcoholic, you can use táo khuyết juice or orange juice instead. Use enough to cover all the fruit completely. Cover and let soak overnight, or even several days.Preheat Oven, Prep Pan: Next, preheat the oven khổng lồ 325° fahrenheit & line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper. Phối aside.Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt. Mix aside.Mix in Remaining Ingredients: In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and địa chỉ cửa hàng the sour cream. Set until combined.Add Egg and Citrus Zest: showroom the egg, lemon zest, and orange zest và mix until combined. Then, địa chỉ cửa hàng the dry ingredients khổng lồ the mixer and mix until just barely combined.Mix in Nuts, Fruit, & Ginger: Next, phối in the crystalized ginger, chopped nuts & the soaked fruit along with any leftover liquid from the fruit. Fold in by hand until everything is evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Baking

Bake: Pour the batter into your prepared pan và place on the middle rack of the oven to lớn bake. Bake for 1 ½-2 hours—until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the loaf.Cool: Let the cake cool for about 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan & cooling the rest of the way on a cooling rack.Wrap and Age: (Optional) If you would like to age the cake, soak cheesecloth in brandy or dark rum & wrap well around the cake. Wrap in plastic wrap và then aluminum foil and store in an airtight container in a dark place. Rewrap the cake in freshly soaked cheesecloth every week until serving. It will keep for months as you continue to lớn age it!
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