This is the only fruitcake I will eat. Even if you hate fruitcake you have to try this Applesauce Fruitcake. Enjoy!
Keyword: bake, fruit
Skill Level: Intermediate
Author: Marilyn Lesniak
1cupchopped mixed candied fruit
1cupfinely chopped pecans
1cupfinely chopped walnuts
1/2cupchopped dried apricots
1/2cupchopped dried apples
2teaspoonsvanilla or rum extract
In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients; add 1 cup flour. Stir to coat. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar; add eggs and mix well. Add the applesauce and vanilla extract. Combine the baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and remaining flour; stir into applesauce mixture. Stir in fruit mixture. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan.
Bake at 325° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 12-16 servings.