How to make an easy fruitcake

When the holiday season is around the corner, people around the world get excited about the delicious Christmas feast which includes turkey, ham, roast chicken, cranberry sauce, vegetables and the traditional fruitcake. The traditional fruitcake has its origins in 16th century colonial America but remains a favorite until today. Nevertheless, buying commercially sold fruitcake can have some disadvantages. First, it can really be expensive. Second, you may not appreciate the commercial fruitcakes because of the type of liquor used in the recipe. The best alternative then would be making your own easy fruitcake .Have you ever considered making your own easy fruitcake recipe? Then you should because it costs less and you can adjust the ingredients according to your taste. This is an easy fruitcake recipe for beginners courtesy of

* 2 cups butter
* 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
* 8 eggs, separated
* 2 ounces candied citron peel * 2 ounces candied orange peel
* 1 cup dried currants
* 1 1/2 cups candied pineapple chunks
* 3 cups golden raisins
* 1 1/2 cups candied cherries
* 4 cups pecans, chopped
* 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup orange juice

Steps 1. Chop pineapple, raisins, and cherries. Combine chopped fruit with currants, peel, and citron; soak in orange juice overnight. You can also choose add other candied fruits that you like.

2. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Place a small pan of water in the oven to keep the cake moist and prevent overbrowning. Line one 5 x 9 inch loaf pan and two 3 x 8 inch loaf pans with parchment or doubled waxed paper.

3. In a big mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioner’s sugar. Place and stir the beaten egg yolks. Add fruit, juice, and nuts. Mix in sifted flour.

4. In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites to peaks. Fold into batter. Fill pans 2/3 full.

5. Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until golden brown, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

You’ll be delighted that this easy fruitcake recipe would produce 3 loaves of fruitcake. You can invite your friends to share this fruitcake and keep an extra loaf for your cravings. Now that you can bake your own easy fruitcake, you don’t need to wait for the holidays to get a taste of this yummy dessert.