The fruitcake is a long-standing traditional recipe originally baked by ancient Romans around 2,000 years ago and was filled with pomegranate seeds, barley, and pine nuts. We’ve crafted a version perfect for your Suvie and stuffed it with various dried fruits. We’ve omitted the alcohol in this recipe, but for a more boozy variation sub in equal amounts dark rum or brandy for the orange juice. When it comes to aging fruitcake, orange juice cakes will last about a week in the fridge and can be frozen for up to six months, while alcohol soaked cakes will last around 3 months in the fridge and can be frozen for up to a year.

Fruitcake

  • Servings: 1 loaf (12 slices)
  • Difficulty: 4 hours and 30 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups dried fruit, such as figs, apricot, raisins, cherries, dates, prunes, etc.
  • 2 tbsp chopped candied ginger
  • ½ cup plus ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice, divided 
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts

Storage

  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • preservative liquid and cheesecloth

Directions

1) In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, bring orange juice to a simmer, add dried fruit, and let simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool.

2) Line a Suvie pan with parchment paper and lightly grease.

3) In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest, and salt. 

4) In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Set mixer to medium-low, add eggs one at a time, and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. 

5) Add dry ingredients and mix on slow speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl, add ½ cup orange juice and mix on low speed, about 15 seconds. Gently fold in nuts, soaked fruit, and any remaining juice in the bowl. Alternatively, items can be beaten with a hand mixer in a large bowl at the same speed.

6) Evenly spread dough into prepared pan and load into upper right cooking zone. 

7) Fill reservoir, enter cook settings and set to Cook Now or Schedule. 

My Cook > Slow Cook

Slow Cook: High, 2 hour 30 minutes

Starch: 0 minutes

8) After the cook, remove loaf from Suvie and let cool completely.

9) To serve, cut loaf into 12 slices, about ¾” thick. To store, soak cheesecloth in orange juice and wrap around loaf. Wrap cloth lined loaf with foil, place in plastic bag, and store in refrigerator. Resoak cloth once a week.

Alternative Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • In a small saucepan over medium low heat, bring orange juice to a simmer, add dried fruit, and let simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Line one 8”x4” bread pan with parchment paper and lightly grease parchment with butter.
  • In a medium bowl with a spatula, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest, and salt. 
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl, add eggs with mixer running and beat on medium-low speed until incorporated, about 30 seconds. 
  • Add dry ingredients and beat on slow speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl again, add ½ cup orange juice and beat on low speed, about 15 seconds. Gently fold in nuts, soaked fruit, and any remaining juice in the bowl. Alternatively, items can be beaten with a hand mixer in a large bowl at the same speed.
  • Evenly spread dough in parchment lined pan and bake 60-75 minutes, until a knife comes out clean.  Let cool completely before slicing.
  • To serve, cut loaf into ½” slices. To store, soak cheesecloth in orange juice and wrap around loaf.  Wrap cloth lined loaf with foil, place in plastic bag, and store in refrigerator. Resoak cloth once a week.

Nutrition

Nutritional Information per serving (12 servings per recipe): Calories 288, Total Fat 11g, Total Carbohydrates 43g, Total Sodium 153mg, Total Protein 4g

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