3/4 Cup Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
Whisk together all ingredients in large bowl
1 1 Lb. package pitted dates
1 10 Oz. jar cherries, drained
1 1/2 Cups whole walnuts
1 Tsp. Vanilla
Add dates, cherries and walnuts to flour mixture and mix well
Whisk eggs and vanilla and add to flour and fruit mixture making sure all fruit and nuts are covered with egg mixture
Grease loaf pan, line with parchment paper and grease again
Bake at 300° for 1 3/4 hours or until done
Note: While my Dad made it through the depression and World War II, his birthday was December 26th. Cakes were hard to come by in those days, and he complained that he was destined to have fruitcake every year. He discovered this recipe and it was much more to his liking. I don’t know if he created it, but I definitely know he did not find it “online”. As he was a foodie long before it was popular, I am delighted to share this recipe to all those who enjoyed it. I can see him laughing right now. Happy Father’s Day, Dad!
With love and thanks to Barbara Harrison for making the cakes for us used in the show and for sharing this special recipe! Thanks, Barbara!!