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The Recipe Exchange: Its Holiday Fruit Cake Season

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Dear Lynn,

Does anyone have some tried-and-true recipes for using up leftover turkey and ham from the holidays?

Debbie from Monroe

Marilyn from Brooklyn adapted her recipe for Fruit Jumbles to make mini fruitcakes years ago.  Teri from Ionia says her recipe for Farmer’s Christmas Cake is her favorite fruitcake.  Myra from Tecumseh sent in her family’s recipe for Fruit Cake that is over 100 years old.


1 1/2 c raisins1/4 c apple juice, or other juice

2/3 c flour3/4 t baking soda

3/4 t cinnamon1/4 t nutmeg

1/4 t ground cloves1/4 c brown sugar, 


2 T soft butter1 egg

1 1/2 c chopped/2 of a 4 oz pkg candied    walnuts1     cherries

DIRECTIONS:  Soak raisins in juice for 1 hour.  Drain.  Measure flour into a bowl.  Add baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.  Stir well and set aside.  Mix brown sugar, butter and egg until fluffy with an electric mixer.  Add dry ingredients, mixing well.  Stir in drained raisins, walnuts and cherries with a wooden spoon. Drop dough by teaspoonsful into small mini paper cups.  Bake at 325 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.  Cool and store in an airtight container.


1/2 c raisins Water to cover raisins

1/2 c butter1 c sugar

3 eggs, beatenZest of 1 lemon

Zest of 1/2 of an orange1 T lemon juice

1 t vanilla1 c milk

4 t baking powder 2 1/2 c flour

1/2 c slivered almonds1 c powdered sugar

1 to 2 T orange juice

DIRECTIONS:  Cover raisins with water and soak for 5 minutes.   Drain and set aside.  In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Beat in eggs, lemon and orange zest, lemon juice, vanilla and milk.  Combine baking powder with flour.  Stir into creamed mixture and beat well.  Stir in almonds and raisins.  Place batter in a greased and floured Bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Mix together powdered sugar and enough orange juice to make a glaze.  Drizzle over cake.


1 lb pork fat (not suet)1 pint of hot strong coffee

4 c dark brown sugar7 c flour

  (2 pounds) 1 T baking soda

1 T cinnamon1 T nutmeg

1 T baking powder1/2 t salt

1 lb English walnuts1 lb candied fruit mix

1 lb golden raisins

DIRECTIONS:  Melt pork fat in hot coffee.  Mix brown sugar, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.   Pour coffee mixture over all.  Mix well.  Batter will be stiff.  Add walnuts, candied fruit mix and golden raisins.  Grease 3 large bread pans.  Spoon batter into pans.  Bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the pan.

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