Chewy Fruitcake Blondies

Chewy Fruitcake Blondies IMAGE Image by: Chewy Fruitcake Blondies IMAGE Author: Canadian Living

These blondies have all the flavour of fruitcake, but they take just a fraction of the time to make. Soaking the fruit and nuts in rum gives them a subtle boozy flavour without the need to soak the finished product in spirits for a month.

  • Portion size 48 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2015

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red and/or green glacé cherry chopped
  • 3/4 cups candied mixed peel
  • 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cups golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup amber or dark rum or brandy
  • 1 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground allspice and nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch clove
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 2 cups icing sugar

Method

In saucepan, combine cherries, mixed peel, walnuts, raisins and rum; cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until warm, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand for 2 hours.

In large bowl, beat 1 cup of the butter with brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until combined. Beat in vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, salt and cloves; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Fold in cherry mixture.

Scrape into parchment paper–lined 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) cake pan, smoothing top. Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean with a few moist crumbs clinging, about 40 minutes. Let cool completely in pan.

While blondies are cooling, in bowl, beat remaining butter with rum extract. Beat in icing sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Spread over blondies. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or wrap and freeze for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before serving.) Lift out onto cutting board; cut into squares.

Tip from the Test Kitchen: Rum extract gives the icing its warm, rich flavour. Look for it in the spice and extracts section of your grocery store.

Nutritional facts per square: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 66 mg
  • Sugars 22 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 181.0
  • Total fat 8 g
  • Potassium 59 mg
  • Cholesterol 31 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 27 g

%RDI

  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 6.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 0.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 6.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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