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Paradise and Pennant Candied Fruit

Applesauce Fruitcake

Candied fruit adds an extra layer of sweetness to a properly prepared fruitcake, a holiday classic that embodies the tastes and flavors of the season. This dessert is rich in nutty and sweet flavors, with a balance of fruity tastes. The addition of candied fruit enhances the traditional flavors of the season in this classic dessert.



  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (16 tbp), room temperature
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cup applesauce, from jar or can
  • 3 ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp each nutmeg, allspice, cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 b bag of pitted dates, cut in small pieces and/or2 cups raisins
  • 2 cups chopped assorted nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)
  • 8 oz each candied red & green cherries, in slices
  • 6 oz each candied orange peel & Candied pineapple, chopped
  • ½ cup flour to coat fruit


This will make 3 loaf pans…

to be continued…