Walnut Fruitcake

    11 hours 25 minutes

    This Christmas fruitcake is a little different because it stays away from the citrus fruits and adds apple jam and brandy. The dough has to wait overnight before baking.

    5 people made this

    Serves: 30 

    • 1 cup dried currants
    • 2 cups raisins
    • 30g small gum drops (no licorice ones)
    • 1 cup glace cherries
    • 2 cups pitted dates, halved
    • 1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts
    • 1 cup apple jam
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
    • 1/4 cup brandy
    • 310g butter
    • 3 cups white sugar
    • 7 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 5 cups plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:3hours  ›  Extra time:8hours resting  ›  Ready in:11hours25min 

    1. Pour boiling water over raisins and currants to cover. Let soak for 5 minutes then drain. In a very large bowl combine currants, raisins, gum drops, glace cherries, pitted dates, walnuts, jam, spices, and brandy. Stir to blend. Cover and let stand overnight.
    2. Preheat oven to 140 degrees C. Grease three loaf tins.
    3. Cream the butter and the sugar together until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one. Stir in the vanilla.
    4. Sift the flour and bicarb soda together.
    5. Add the flour mixture alternately with the fruit mixture to the creamed mixture. Pour evenly into three loaf tins.
    6. Bake for 2-1/4 to 3 hours or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the loaves comes out clean.

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    Fantastic!! Tried it first time today and the number of folks in my house that like fruitcake has gone WAY up!!  -  14 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Every Christmas our family could hardly wait for my mother to make her delicious fruitcake. I'm not a fan of fruitcake but I loved hers. Mom passed away a few months ago and her infamous fruitcake was mentioned more than once at her funeral. We never thought we would be without our mom or her wonderful fruitcake. I'd never made fruitcake before but decided to try baking some for my sister and brother for Christmas. When I inquired after Mom's recipe, no one could find it. After reading through 20+ fruitcake recipes I came upon "Mom's Fruitcake Recipe". What sold me was "no citrus fruits but lots of cherries, gum drops (my favorite), raisins, nuts and spices. I immediately made a double batch. It tasted just like my mom's. Wonderful! That was three weeks ago and it's all gone. Today is 12/9/12 and I'm making a triple batch tonight. Everyone who has tasted it loved it. Even those who didn't like fruitcake like this one. My sister, brother and I thank you so much, Sharon, for keeping our Mother's memory alive by sharing this recipe with us all. I did make a couple of changes. I did hear my mom say once that she put applesauce in her fruitcake so I substituted applesauce for apple jelly and orange juice for brandy.  -  09 Dec 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made this recipe last year and it was great. Made it again this year and it's only just come out of the oven. I'm disappointed because I forgot to add the walnuts! Just rereading the directions and it seems like there is not a direction to add the walnuts to the mix. Can the recipe be amended to include this step so we don't forget next time? What's a fruitcake without nuts?  -  22 Dec 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)