Thursday, March 26, 2009

Stained Glass Window Fruit Cake

1-1/2 lbs. pitted dates
1 lb. candied pineapple chunks
1 lb. candied cherries (red & green)
2 lbs. nuts (English walnuts, pecans, or sliced almonds)
4 eggs
1/2 cup corn syrup (dark or light)
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Fit two 9x4x3" loaf pans, with waxed paper and set aside. Mix fruits and nuts in an extra-large mixing bowl and set aside. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In another mixing bowl, beat eggs until fluffy. Blend in syrup, sugar, and oil. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together; gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture, blending well. Pour batter over the fruit and nuts and stir to combine. Pack the mixture into the loaf pans, pressing down firmly. Bake at 275° for about 70 minutes, or until top appears dry and cake tests done. Set pans on rack to cool. (Leave the cakes in the pan until cooled.)

1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon. water
1 tablespoon corn syrup

Combine sugar, water, and syrup in a small pan and bring to a boil, to dissolve sugar. If desired, arrange sliced cherries, nuts, and pineapple on top of cakes. Brush hot glaze over all.

Another great Easy Recipe

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)