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  Categories: Cakes, Fruits
       Yield: 1 Servings
       7 oz Pkgs. pitted dates
       1 lb Candied pineapple
       1 lb Whole candied cherries
       2 c  Sifted flour
       2 ts Baking powder
     1/2 ts Salt
       4    Eggs
       1 c  Granulated sugar
       2 lb Pecan halves
    ** Make no substitutions ** Assemble ingredients and let stand at room
   temp for 1 hour.
    1.Set oven at 275 degrees.
    2.Use 2 (9") springform pans or 2 (9x5) loaf pans; or use 1 of each.
   Grease pans and line with brown paper cut to fit, then grease paper.
    3.Cut 3 (7 oz.) pkgs. pitted dates and 1 lb. candied pine- apple into
   coarse pieces. Put in large bowl. Add
         1    lb. whole candied cherries.
    4.Put 2 c. sifted flour into sifter. Add 2 t. baking powder and 1/2 t.
   salt. Sift onto fruit.
    5.Mix fruits and dry ingredients well with fingers, separ- ating pieces so
   that all are well coated.
    6.With electric beater, beat 4 eggs until frothy.
    7.Gradually add 1 c. sugar; beat until blended.
    8.Add fruit mixture, mix well with a large spoon.
    9.Add 2 lbs. (8 cups) pecan halves. Mix with hands until nuts are evenly
   distributed, and are coated with batter.
    10. Pack into pans, pressing down with fingers. If necessary rearrange
   pieces of fruit and nuts to fill up any empty >> spaces.
    11.Bake springform cakes about 1 hour and 15 minutes...loaf cakes 1 hour
   and 30 minutes. When done, tops of cakes should look dry. If there is any
   doubt. leave cakes in oven a few minutes longer, as a little extra baking
   does no harm.
    12.When cakes are done, remove from oven and let stand on cake racks about
   5 minutes. Then turn out on racks and carefully pull off paper.
    13. Cool cakes, and turn top side up.
   Contributed by Helen Jolly Formatted by Olivia Liebermann