Dried Fruit and Nut Cake

Dried fruit and nut cake cut into three slices on a cutting board on marble

My friend Christine Blaine gave me this recipe many years ago when she was the retail director of my dessert company. Chock-full of crunchy nuts and moist dried fruit, it was especially appealing for having no artificially colored (and universally reviled) bits of candied fruit. This is an even more treasured recipe now that there are so many more dried fruits with which to create variations. (For the cake in the photograph, I used dates, dried Angelino plums, and dried pears.) And now, why not add some homemade (and really delicious) Candied Citrus Peel? Please be inventive with this fantastic recipe. Add slices to the cheese tray, or serve with after-dinner liqueurs. Or keep some in your desk for an emergency burst of energy.–Alice Medrich

Dried Fruit and Nut Cake

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  • (3)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • Makes 1 large loaf
5/5 - 3 reviews
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Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Spray the loaf pans (either one 9-by-5-inch 8-cup loaf pan or two 8-by-4-inch 4-cup loaf pans) with vegetable oil spray or line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda, baking powder, and salt to combine. Add the brown sugar, all the dried fruit, and the nuts and mix thoroughly with your fingers. Set aside.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the vanilla until light. Pour the egg mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon or your hands until all the fruits and nuts are coated with batter. Scrape into the prepared pans.

Bake until the top is deep golden brown and the batter clinging to the fruit seems set, about 1 hour for smaller loaves, 10 to 15 minutes longer for a large loaf. Tent loosely with foil if the cake appears to be browning too much. Cool completely in the pans on a rack.

When completely cool, remove the cake from the pans. The cake keeps, wrapped airtight in foil or plastic wrap, for several weeks at room temperature or at least 3 months in the refrigerator. It. can also be frozen for at least 6 months.

To serve, cut into thin slices with a sharp heavy knife.

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    1. Yummy! I can’t wait to make this! What a great recipe! I got a bag as a gift of fruit and nut mix, which was a pretty hefty bag and thought what can I do with all of this? You can only eat so much oatmeal you know! Lol thank you for sharing this recipe and thank you everyone for posting all your great comments! I’ll have to let you know how it goes! Thanks again!

        1. This was absolutely delicious…and so easy !!!
          I just made another two with leftover ingredients from the holiday season.

        1. Actually it’s really tasty and delicious. I’ve done this at home. It’s really perfect to a party that we had last time. Most of my friends commend me about this recipe. Thanks so much.

    2. This is a favorite recipe of mine. It takes 5 minutes to put together but tastes like it requires more effort. I usually use any dried fruit and nut mix that I find in the bulk section. The mixes that include brazil nuts and dried pineapple make the prettiest slices. I serve these in very thin slices as part of a cookie/sweets tray or with a nutty firm cheese such as Manchego.

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