Fruitcake for New Year’s
December 31, 2012 § 10 Comments
We’re hosting a small New Year’s dinner this year. Usually we go to the house of our friends Olga and Anthony, but this year they’re engaged in a major remodeling project. So, this year it is our pleasure to host the New Year’s feast. We’re planning a big spread with a beautiful ham with homemade mustard (recipe to follow sometime next week), caviar, popovers, a cheese and fruit plate, sausages in puff pastry, marinated vegetables, desserts, and champagne (of course). Among the desserts, I’m making a pumpkin fruitcake. I sort of invented this, after comparing several recipes on the internet. The recipe looks complicated, but only because it has a lot of ingredients. It’s actually very easy to put together.
32 ounces candied chopped fruits (you can just buy the packaged container of fruitcake mix at your grocery story)
1/2 cup rum (you can also substitute whiskey)*
2 cups pumpkin puree
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 pound butter (4 sticks)
1-1/2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons baking powder
Place the candied fruit in a bowl, and stir in the rum. Set aside to soak for 1-2 hours. After the fruit has soaked, stir in the pumpkin puree, then 2 cups of flour.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 300-degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, cream the 1-pound butter with the 1-1/2 cups sugar. Beat in the 6 eggs, 1 egg at a time. Stir in the 2 teaspoons vanilla. Add the remaining 2 cups of flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and baking powder. Stir to incorporate. Fold in the fruit mixture. Pour into a large greased bundt pan (mixture will come nearly to the top). Place into the preheated oven, and bake for 2 to 2-1/2 hours, or until a wooden pick comes out clean.
*We used a 30-year old rum we inherited from Dave’s parents. However, you can use what you want. Frankly, I can’t see that the liquor makes much of a difference at all. I suspect that marinating the fruits in orange juice would be equally as delicious.