This is a simple fruitcake to make and has a mild flavor. It is a great fruitcake for people who do not like fruitcake! :)
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. butter, softened
1 T. vanilla extract
1 T. lemon extract
7 1/2 cups (total) dried fruits and nuts (I use 3 cups pecan pieces, 2 cups apricots, 2 cups dried glace cherries, 1/2 cup white raisins but you can use any combination including dark raisins, walnuts, dried glace pineapple, dried glace cranberries, etc.)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease well and lightly flour either 2 eight inch cake pans or one jelly roll pan.
Cream butter and sugar briefly. Add flour, salt, baking powder and extracts. Add eggs one at a time. Then add all of dried glace fruits and nuts. Mix all together and place in pan(s). Bake until done 30-60 minutes on two eight inch pans, 20 minutes on the jellyroll pan. Done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cut into rectangular/square pieces the size of an average brownie.
Serves 16. I make a double batch and store in tins until Christmas.
Ok, who am I kidding. About half of it makes it until Christmas and the rest is eaten throughout Advent. :)