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       Title: DARK FRUITCAKE
  Categories: Desserts, Holiday, Personal
       Yield: 40 servings
  
       2 c  Golden raisins
       2 c  Currants
       2 c  Dried apricot halves
       2 c  Dried figs, halved
       1 c  Pitted prunes
       1 c  Pitted dates
       4 c  Walnuts, in large pieces
       2 c  Pecans, in large pieces
       3    Oranges, Grated zest only
       3    Lemons, Grated zest only
     1/2 c  Candied ginger, chopped
       2 ts Cinnamon
       1 ts Ground allspice
       1 ts Mace
     1/2 ts Cloves
       1 c  Molasses
       2 c  Brandy
            -(or substitute apple juice
            -  or water)
     1/2 c  Orange liqueur
            - (or orange juice)
       4 c  All-purpose flour
       1 tb Baking powder
       1 ts Baking soda
   1 1/2 ts Salt
       1 lb Butter
       3 c  Dark brown sugar
       8    Eggs
       1 tb Vanilla extract
  
   THE DAY BEFORE combine all dried fruits, nuts and zest in a mixing
   bowl. Add the candied ginger and the spices and toss well to mix. Add
   molasses and liquids and mix well. Cover and let stand overnight at
   room temperature. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 275F. Grease 4
   (9-by-5-by-3-inch) loaf pans, line them with waxed paper and grease
   the paper. Coat lightly with flour. Sprinkle 1 cup flour over fruit
   mixture and stir it. Combine the remaining 3 cups of flour with
   baking powder, baking soda and salt and sift them together on a sheet
   of waxed paper. Cream the butter, add the brown sugar and beat well.
   Add eggs, 2 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the
   vanilla. Add all dry ingredients and beat until batter is blended and
   smooth. Pour batter over fruit, mix well until everything is coated
   with batter. Divide batter among loaf pans, filling to 1/2 inch below
   top. Bake for 2 hours. Don't worry if they crack on top. Cakes are
   done when a straw inserted in the center comes out clean.
   
   Makes 4 Cakes
   
   MARION CUNNINGHAM
   
   PRODIGY GUEST CHEFS COOKBOOK
  
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