Not Your Grandma’s Fruitcake

Because it is MY grandma’s fruitcake. 

I know, I know.  Fruitcake is gross.  Fruitcake is something you give to the neighbor you can’t stand.  Not this fruitcake.  I am aware that atleast 99.99999999% of you are not even going to think twice about attempting this recipe but I wanted to post it a) so I have a documented copy of the recipe and b) incase any adventurers out there want to give this different fruitcake recipe a try.


1 lb. dark brown sugar
1 lb. butter, softened
1 lb. pecans, quartered
1/2 lb. candied cherries
1/2 lb. candied pineapple
6 eggs, room temperature
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 oz. lemon extract


-In one bowl, dice the candied cherries and pineapples.
-Add quartered pecans to the diced fruit.
-Pour 2 cups of flour over the diced fruit and nuts
-Mix to ensure that the fruit and nuts are completely covered in flour.

-In a separate, larger bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar.
-Add BEATEN eggs into the creamed sugar and butter.  Mix well.  (If you do not mix this well the next step will “cook” the eggs and you don’t want that.
-Add 2 oz. lemon extract.  Mix well. 
-Add 2 cups of flour to this mixture.  Mix well. 
-Add the floured fruit and nuts to this mixture.  Mix well.

-Prepare four loaf pans by lining them completely with wax paper.  (The instructions say to grease the pans first but I skipped this step and they turned out fine.)
-Divide the batter evenly into the four loaf pans.
-Place all four loaf pans onto the middle rack of the oven.
-Bake for 2 hours at 250 degrees.

*These do not raise much so don’t worry if they don’t look done after 2 hours, they are.

To store, leave the wax paper on them, wrap in plastic, then in foil.

I understand that this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, so to say, but these are my most favorite holiday treat.  With that said, note that I cannot STAND any other fruitcake out there.  So obviously this one is different.  The other night my niece, Madeline, and I made a batch.

If you are brave enough and trusting enough to try this please let me know.  If not, then there is more for me out in this world.  🙂



Cherries and Pineapple

Cherries and Pineapple

Brown Sugar and Butter before being creamed

Brown Sugar and Butter before being creamed

Creamed Butter and Brown Sugar...add eggs

Creamed Butter and Brown Sugar…add eggs

Before the Oven (looks just the same when it's done, just a little darker)

Before the Oven (looks just the same when it’s done, just a little darker)


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