* I didn't have/use all the dried fruits that they did. I used currants, golden raisins, dark raisins, craisins, canned pineapple ~ not candied, All which equalled the 4 1/2 cups of dried fruits. I made 3 loaves with this recipe.
Beekman 1802 Generous Fruit Cake
1 ¼ cups chopped dried Calimyrna figs (about 6 oz)
4 ½ cups chopped dried fruits, best quality, organic / local wherever possible. Here’s what we like:
½ cup dates
1 cup candied pineapple
1 cup dried apricots
½ cup dried cherries
½ cup dark raisins
1 cup golden raisins
½ cup light rum
1 ½ cups unsalted butter, room temperature (3 sticks)
1 ½ cups white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
8 large eggs
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
3 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups pecans, toasted
The day before
Chop the dried fruits in good-sized pieces.
Combine dried figs, mixed fruits, golden raisins, and rum in large bowl.
Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight, stirring occasionally.
Make the cake
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Butter baking pans or forms.
Beat 1 1/2 cups butter, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until light.
Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then vanilla, baking soda and salt.
Stir in flour in 4 additions.
Stir in pecans, dried fruit mixture and any soaking liquid from bowl.
Bake the cake
Divide batter among prepared pans. Place pans on baking sheet and place on center rack of oven.
Bake until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Cool cakes completely in pans on racks.
Wrap in plastic or aluminum foil.
Let stand at least 1 day and up to 3 days at room temperature.
Wrap in cheesecloth, and if you wish, baste with liqueur of your choice.
Storage & Serving
Store several weeks at room temperature or months in a refrigerator
Serve at room temperature
If the cake becomes dry, use a pastry brush to brush the outside of the cake with brandy
THIS JUST IN!!!
I left a comment on the Beekman 1802 recipe that I had made the fruitcake and posted it here on my blog (I didn't leave a link because I didn't want to seem "spammy") And Dr. Brent (the other 1/2 of the Fabulous Beekman Boys) left this message!
Thanks for making us a part of your holidays, Shannon