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Golden Apple Fruitcake

No recipe image available.Traditional autumnal flavors come together in this moist and delightful spiced apple and nut fruitcake with a rum-flavored sugar glaze.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 Gala or Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
2 cups mixed, diced candied fruit, plus more for garnish if desired
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans, plus more for garnish if desired
1 cup chopped dates
3 cups all-purpose flour - divided use
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup vegetable shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
4 large eggs

Sugar Icing:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon rum flavoring
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Grease a 10-inch tube pan; line bottom with waxed paper and grease again.
  2. In medium bowl, combine apples, 2 cups candied fruit, and 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, and the dates; sprinkle with 1/2 cup flour and mix well; set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, combine remaining 2 1/2 cups flour, the baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
  4. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat shortening and both sugars until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Stir in reserved fruit mixture.
  5. Spread batter in prepared pan. Place pan of water in oven along with fruitcake.
  6. Bake 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan.
  7. For Sugar Icing: In medium bowl, blend powdered sugar and butter. Add rum flavoring and milk; mixing until smooth and spreading consistency.
  8. Frost top of fruitcake with icing and garnish with candied fruit and pecan halves, if desired.

Makes 14 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/14 of recipe): Protein: 6g; Fat: 27g; Carbohydrate: 95g; Fiber: 4g; Sodium: 287 mg; Cholesterol: 64mg; Calories: 628.

Recipe courtesy of Washington Apple Commission.