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Category: Desserts

Chocolate Cherry Fruitcake

I am going to spare you the usual fruitcake jokes (bricks, door stoppers . . . you've heard them all) and cut to higher ground. Fruitcakes are deserving of some respect in the culinary collective, if only because they are ... Read more

Total time: 3 hours plus 4 hours standing | Serves 24
Note: Dried sour cherries are sold at stores such as Trader Joe's. You can also try a coffee liqueur such as Kahlua in place of brandy for the soaking liquid. Serve after cooling or wrap in a soaked cheesecloth and store.
  • 2 cups dark raisins
  • 2 cups dried sour cherries
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup brandy, very hot
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, measured then sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cherry or raspberry extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raspberry or apricot jam
  • 2 cups walnuts, broken
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Brandy, for soaking

Step 1Four hours or up to 1 day before baking, place raisins, sour and maraschino cherries and cranberries in a large bowl. Toss with hot brandy, cover and set aside.

Step 2Blend melted butter with eggs. Add sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Step 3Add raspberry extract, vanilla and jam to fruit mixture, then stir in walnuts and chocolate chips. Fold fruit mixture into batter. Blend well.

Step 4Spray 2 (9x5-inch) loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Spoon batter into pans. Place pans on baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees until dark brown, cakes spring back when lightly touched and toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Step 5Cool in pans 15 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely. Slice or soak (see box).

Each serving:
113 calories; 10 mg sodium; 2 mg cholesterol; 9 grams fat; 8 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams protein; 0.77 gram fiber.
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