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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion


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~ Dark Sweet Fruit Cake ~

3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 t baking soda
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t cloves
1/4 t allspice
1/4 t nutmeg
1 cup pecan pieces
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped dried figs
3/4 cup candied cherries**
(**save some for garnish)
2 oz red wine, rum or brandy
2 heaping T orange marmalade
3 slices of red, green or yellow candied pineapple
12-15 pecan halves for garnish
2 T white corn syrup mixed with a little liquor for glaze

Preheat oven to 325F.
Grease an or two medium loaf pans with shortening and line insides
with strips of greased wax paper. Then thoroughly flour the pan. Cream
butter, sugar and eggs with mixer. Add soda to buttermilk and then
combine with flour and creamed mixture. Add baking powder, salt and
all spices. Add liquor and orange marmalade. Mix until cake batter
is smooth. Gently fold in by hand all fruits and nuts except those for
garnish. Place pineapple rings in bottom of tube pan and place a candied
cherry in center of each. Pour batter into pan and bake on center rack
approximately 2 hours. Use toothpick to check for doneness. Carefully
remove from pans to wire cooling rack. Gently peel away any wax paper.
Mix 2 tablespoons of hot water (or liquor) with two tablespoons for white
corn syrup and brush over fruitcake for a shiny glaze. Use corn syrup
mixture to "glue" pecan halves on top in a flower petal design.

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Great gift for a coworker. Package Fruit Cake in cellophane bag.
Place bag of Fruit Cake in a gift basket that is fabric lined.
Add a package of coffee beans and a pair of coffee mugs. Tie
with a raffia bow. Add gift card and recipe card.


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