Dried fruitcake? No, dried fruit… cake. I don’t typically like fruitcake. I like dried fruit, though! Actually, one of the two cakes that I made this weekend is going out to my friend and co-worker, Gilad, who donated a significant sum of money to the PTC Movember team in support of men’s health programs, in exchange for one surprise dessert a month, selected & baked by yours truly, from The Baking Bible. I chose this one for Gilad this month, because I happen to know he has a taste for cranberries, apricots, and apples, and isn’t a big fan of things that are super-sweet or covered in frosting, so this seemed like a good choice.
This cake wasn’t difficult, but I found the prep work rather time consuming. Toast the pecans. Check. Crunch them up into 1/4″ pieces. Check. Chop up your dried fruit. Check. Zest your orange(s). Check. Note the cute little Zest N’est Zester. Check. Weigh out your dry ingredients. Check. Weigh out the butter & sugar. Get lazy and put them all together, rather than melting the butter first. Check.
Whoops, you haven’t peeled, cored, and diced (1/4″ pieces again) your apples, yet. Do that while the butter & sugar mixture is on standby on the stove. Mix the apples into the sugar/butter mixture, and realize you forgot to take a picture of either one on their own. Oh well.
Pour boiling water over the dried fruit, and while you’re waiting 5 minutes, whisk the dry ingredients and add the pecans. For my dried fruit, I used apricots, apples, and cranberries. I think I probably should have picked something other than apples, because I’m not sure I can tell the difference between the dried apples and the fresh ones, but apple-y is good, I think.
Once the squishy fruit is drained, add it to your flour + pecan mixture, and mix that up. Oh, and somewhere in there, you add the eggs to the wet mixture.
Mix wet into dry, then pour it in the pans and bake. See? Not hard, but a lot of prep work.
After it’s baked & cooled, you optionally soak it with 1/4 cup of rum. Since I used 9″ round cake pans, I soaked each side with about a tablespoon of rum, then wrapped them up in plastic wrap. I hope Gilad likes it!