Wonderful fruitcake without that nasty citron. Not only does it taste great, but it looks very pretty and it's easy enough for an 18-year-old to make (me)! I make this at Thanksgiving so it's ready for Christmas.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted and chopped
- 1 (16 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained
- 9 ounces candied pineapple
- 2 1/2 cups pecan halves
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons peach brandy
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Place parchment paper on bottom and sides of pan, and grease the parchment paper (cooking sprays also work well).
Mix together flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add dates, drained cherries, pineapple, and pecans to flour. Stir to coat well. Add eggs to fruit mixture; stir well. Pour batter into prepared pan, making sure to press the mixture very firmly into the pan to eliminate air bubbles.
Bake for 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until cake tests done. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Take out of the pan, and remove parchment paper.
Brush corn syrup all over top and sides of cake. Brush with 2 tablespoons peach brandy. Rewrap in the used parchment paper, and then in aluminum foil for storage. Brush with 2 tablespoons of peach brandy each week.