Fruitcake Bars

Author: Canadian Living

  • Portion size 72 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 cup candied mixed peel
  • 3/4 cups coarsely chopped dried apricots
  • 3/4 cups coarsely chopped dried pears
  • 3/4 cups coarsely chopped candied pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 cup amber rum
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons mace (or 1/4 tsp groung nutmeg)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons liquid honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cups coarsely chopped Brazil Nuts
Rum Butter Icing:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 4 teaspoons amber rum

Method

In large bowl, combine mixed peel, apricots, pears, pineapple, ginger and rum; toss well. Cover and let stand for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.

In small bowl, whisk together flour, mace, cinnamon, allspice, salt and baking soda. In separate bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar and honey until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time; beat in vanilla. Stir in flour mixture just until incorporated. Add fruit mixture and Brazil nuts; stir to combine. Scrape into 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan lined with double layer of parchment paper.

Set shallow pan on bottom rack of 300°F (150°C) oven; pour in enough hot water to come halfway up sides. Bake bars on centre rack until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Let cool in pan on rack; remove from pan and remove paper.

Rum Butter Icing: In bowl, beat together butter, icing sugar and rum until smooth; spread over bars. Trim edges. Cut crosswise into 6 bars. Cut each into 12 slices.

Nutritional facts Per piece: about

  • Sodium 33 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 89.0
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 15 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 14 g

%RDI

  • Iron 3.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 2.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 3.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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