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Special Holiday Fruitcake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling


2 loaves (12 slices each)

“I got this recipe from my husband's aunt. Everyone likes it, even me, and I was never crazy about fruitcake before. It's very colorful, like a stained glass window.” —JoAnn Huhn, Cleveland, Wisconsin


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 pound chopped candied pineapple
  • 1 pound red candied cherries
  • 1/2 pound walnut halves
  • 1/2 pound Brazil nuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Dash salt
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 300°. Grease well and flour two 8x4-in. loaf pans. In a large bowl, combine dates, pineapple, cherries and nuts. In a small bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; stir into fruit mixture until well coated.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks until slightly thickened. In another bowl, beat egg whites and vanilla until stiff peaks form. With a spatula, stir a fourth of the egg whites into egg yolk mixture until no white streaks remain. Fold in remaining egg whites until combined. Add to fruit mixture; gently fold until blended. Pour into prepared pans.
  3. Bake 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 20 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Wrap tightly and store in a cool, dry place. Using a serrated knife, cut into slices.

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