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Title: Fig Fruit Cake

Categories: Desserts, Holiday

Yield: 1 fruitcake

20 California dried figs
1/2 lb Candied cherries
1/4 lb Candied pineapple

2 1/2 c Chopped walnut

1 c Sifted cake flour
1 ts Salt

1 1/2 ts Baking powder

1 ts Cinnamon
1 ts Allspice

1/2 ts Cloves
1/2 c Shortening

1 1/2 c Sugar

5 Eggs; separated
2 oz Baking chocolate; melted
4 tb Brandy or water

1 1/2 ts Vanilla

1 ts Almond extract

Butter a 6 x 10 x 3-inch loaf pan. Line with waxed paper and butter generously again. Set oven for 250 degrees F. Cover figs with very hot water, and let stand 10 minutes. Drain. With scissors, snip off stems. Then cut figs, cherries and pineapple into tiny bits. Add chopped nuts and half the sifted flour. Mix together lightly. Sift remaining flour with salt, baking powder and spices. Cream shortening, sugar, egg yolks and melted chocolate. Whip egg whites until very light. Combine all ingredients until just mixed. Place in baking pan. Bake in slow oven (250 F.) for about 3 to 4 hours. Place pan of hot water in bottom of oven. When cool, brush with hot corn syrup and decorate with figs, candied fruit and nuts.

48 Family Favorites with California Figs Reprinted with the permission of The California Fig Advisory Board Electronic format courtesy of Karen Mintzias

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