Hate fruitcake? Give this a try

RECIPE FINDER

December 12, 2007|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,Special to The Sun

Katherine Kruckel of Salisbury, N.C., was looking for a recipe that she was given years ago for a faux fruitcake made with gumdrops in place of the traditional candied fruit. Kruckel says that "it was a fruitcake recipe for those who hate fruitcake."

Doretha Barnes of Glen Burnie sent in her recipe for Gumdrop Cake, which she thought might be close to what Kruckel wanted. I think it's a nice twist on the old-fashioned favorite - and great for anyone who has an aversion to the real thing. The cake slow-bakes for nearly 2 hours, which gives it a nice, dense texture. Each slice is chock-full of nuts, raisins and gumdrops. It looks just like a real fruitcake, but everyone in my household liked it much better.

Gumdrop Cake (Faux Fruitcake)

Serves 12 to 14

4 cups sifted flour

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 pound small gumdrops (remove black and green ones)

1 pound raisins

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup margarine

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda (dissolved in 1 tablespoon warm water)

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Sift together flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Combine gumdrops, raisins and nuts in a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 of the flour mixture to the gumdrop mixture.

In a separate bowl, cream margarine and add sugar gradually, creaming well. Add eggs and beat. Add remaining flour mixture alternately with applesauce, vanilla and baking-soda mixture. Stir wet ingredients into flour-and-gumdrop mixture; mix together. Batter will be stiff. Spoon into a well greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake about 2 hours. Cool slightly before removing from pan.

Per serving (based on 14 servings): 644 calories, 8 grams protein, 19 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 114 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 30 milligrams cholesterol, 266 milligrams sodium

Recipe Requests

Julia Rockwell of Pittsfield, Mass., is looking for a recipe for a good old-fashioned chicken soup that is made in a crockpot.

Linda Haymire of Owings Mills would like a recipe for a macadamia-nut cake. She purchased one at a Christmas bazaar at the Oakland United Methodist Church last fall in Carroll County.

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail recipefinder@ baltsun.com. If you send more than one recipe, put each on a separate piece of paper or attachment with your name, address and daytime phone number. Names and addresses must accompany recipes to be published. Letters may be edited for clarity.

The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

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