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                        ALASKAN SOURDOUGH FRUITCAKE
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cakes
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1 1/2   c            Golden, seedless, and puffed
                         -seeded raisins, combined
    4       c            White flour
    1       t            Baking soda
    1 1/2   c            Dried currants
    1       t            Salt
    1       c            Plus 2 tb Blackberry Cordial
                         -or other wine
    1       t            Cinnamon
    1       t            Cloves
    1       t            Allspice
    1       c            Alaskan Sourdough Starter
      1/2   ts           Mace
    6       tb           Butter
    3       c            Candied fruit -- green and red
                         -cherries, pineapple,
                         -orange, citron and ging
    1       c            White sugar
    1       c            Brown sugar
    3                    Eggs, well beaten
    1       c            Chopped nuts
    2       tb           Grated lemon rind
   Soak raisins and currants in 1 cup wine overnight.  Remove starter
   from refrigerator and set, tightly covered, in warm place overnight.
   It should be in at least a two cup container as it will just about
   double its volume overnight.  In the morning, cream butter with sugar
   and beat in eggs and lemon rind.  Drain wine from raisins into
   creamed mixture. Stir in starter and 3 cups of the flour sifted with
   the soda, salt and spices. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of flour over
   the fruit and nuts in a large bowl. Toss and shake until well-coated.
   Add to batter and mix thoroughly. Turn into loaf pans which have been
   generously buttered. Let stand in warm place for 30 minutes.  Bake in
   oven preheated to 300 with a pan of water on floor of oven and rack
   as near as possible in middle of oven. Bake about 2-1/2 hours for
   medium-sized loaves watching carefully to see that they do not brown
   to quickly. Test with toothpick. Remove from oven, turn pans on sides
   and allow to set for a few minutes before taking from pans. When cold
   drip 2 tbsp. of wine over each cake. As soon as it is absorbed, wrap
   tightly in cellophane freezer paper and store in refrigerator or
   freezer.  They improve with age.
   From: Breads and Coffee Cakes with Homemade Starters Shared By: Pat
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