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Mother's Christmas Fruitcake

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Servings: 32
Categories: Cakes / Christmas / Desserts / Low-Fat/Low-Cal

3/4  c  Marachino cherries, undrained
16  oz  (1 jar) ready-to-serve
    -prunes in heavy syrup
    , undrained
1 1/4  c  Sugar
3/4  c  Vegetable shortening
4    Eggs
1  c  Walnuts, chopped
3  tb  Whiskey
1  cn  (15 1/4-ounce) unsweetened
    -crushed pineapple, undrained
15  oz  (1 box) raisins (about 2 1/2
4  c  All-purpose flour
1  tb  Ground cinnamon
2  ts  Baking soda
1  t  Ground cloves
1/2  ts  Salt
    Cooking spray

Drain cherries, reserving 3 tb juice. Cut cherries in half; set aside. Drain prunes, reserving 6 tb syrup, pit prunes, and set aside. Cream sugar, shortening, and eggs at medium speed for 2 minutes or until smooth. Stir in cherries, reserved cherry juice, prunes, reserved prune syrup, walnuts, and next three ingredients. Combine flour and next four ingredients; add to creamed mixture, and stir well. Spoon batter into a 10-inch tube pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350F for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan and let cool completely. Store tightly wrapped in heavy-duty plastic wrap. Yield: 32 servings (serving size: 1 3/4-inch slice). Note: One (8-ounce) package bite-sized prunes can be substituted for the ready-to-serve prunes. To stew prunes, combine prunes and 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving 6 tb cooking liquid to use in place of the 6 tb drained syrup. For small loaves: Spoon 1/2 cup batter into each of 20 (4 x 2 1/2-inch) miniloaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Or: Spoon 1 1/4 cups batter into each of 8 (5 1/2 x 3-inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350F for 50 minutes. Per serving: Calories: 224; total fat: 7.1g; saturated fat: 1.4g; sodium: 126mg; cholesterol: 28mg.

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