Monday, December 01, 2008

Bernie's Fruitcake

Bernie was a neighbor of ours when we lived on Lake Panorama. One Christmas season I told Bernie I didn't like fruitcake. Bernie said, "I'll bet you like MY fruitcake." And was he right!! The best fruitcake I ever tasted. I asked Bernie for the recipe and every year he put me off saying he would make it for me and he did. Finally Bernie did give me the recipe and I am very glad he did. Bernie has passed on now but his fruitcake will live on forever in my heart if not on my plate.

Recipe: Bernie's Fruitcake 12/1/2008
Category: Holiday
Author: Bernie Craig

2 C Flour
1 1/2 C Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
4 eggs
3 T butter-room temp.
4 Jars Whole Maraschino Cherries (Drain 3 jars)
2 C Pecan halves or pieces
2 C Walnut halves or pieces
1 LB. Raisins

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Add
remaining ingredients one at a time in the order listed, mix gently.
Pour in ungreased tube pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Increase heat to 325 degrees and bake an additional 15 minutes. Let cool in pan
then remove. Wrap in foil or plastic and store in refrigerator. Allow 1 to 2 days for flavors to mingle before serving.
I never liked fruitcake until I tasted Bernies. :-)

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