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Christmas fruitcake recipes

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Good Fruitcake Does Exist!

Everyone knows that Christmas fruitcake is usually the joke of the holidays, but this year you can bake a fruitcake that everyone will be begging for. Christmas fruitcake is a great gift to bring to your friends or family for their Christmas meal or to bake for your own family to enjoy. Here are some top baking tips for Christmas fruitcake and three festive Christmas fruitcake recipes.

Christmas fruitcake recipes

Classic Fruitcake

Makes 12 servings

1/8 cup chopped dried cherries
1/8 cup chopped dried mango
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dried currants
2 tablespoons chopped candied citron
1/4 cup dark rum
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup dark rum, divided

1. Soak all fruit in a 1/4 cup dark rum for at least 24 hours or for up to 3 days. Cover well and let sit in room temperature.

2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. and grease a 6x3-inch round pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit pan and place in bottom of pan.

3. Combine butter and brown sugar in a large bowl then beat in egg. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in 3 batches alternating with milk and molasses. Mix in fruit and nuts and pour batter into pan.

4. Bake cake in oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Remove cake from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes. Poke a few holes in the cake with a toothpick. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of rum over cake.

5. Cut a piece of cheesecloth large enough to wrap cake and soak it with 1 tablespoon of rum. Remove cake from pan and place on cheesecloth. Pour the rest of the rum over cake. Wrap cheesecloth around cake then wrap cake in plastic wrap. Put cake in an airtight container and store for at least one week and up to a few months.

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