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Japanese Fruitcake With Filling

Ingredients

1 cup butter,at room temperature
2 cup sugar
4 eggs
3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon orange rind,grated
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1 tablespoon flour
1 1/2 cup coconut, grated
1 candied cherries (opt)

FRUIT FILLING
2 tablespoon flour
1 juice of 3 lemons
1 cup sugar
1 can pineapple (20 oz)*
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup pecans chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350’F. Grease and flour 3 9-inch layer cake pans. Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until soft and fluffy. Beat eggs until light and add to butter-sugar mixture. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together and add alternately to batter with milk. Stir in vanilla and orange rind; beat well. Spread 2/3 of the batter into 2 of the 3 prepared pans.

Add allspice and ginger to remaining batter. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon flour over the raisins and nuts to coat, then add to batter and mix well. Spread spiced batter into remaining third pan. Bake layers at 350’F. for 30 minutes, or until cake tests down and sides shrink from pan. Invert on wire rack and allow to cool. When completely cool, spread fruit filling between layers and thinly over the top and side
of cake, using a flat-bladed knife to spread evenly. (Place the fruit/spice layer in the middle when stacking layers.) Cover top and side of cake with the coconut. Decorate with red and green candied
cherries in a wreath design if desired.

FRUIT FILLING
pineapple should be crushed & drained.~ Combine all ingredients in top half of a double boiler over, not in, simmering water and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens. It should be quite thick. Remove from heat and allow to cool, stirring occasionally.
Yield: 8 servings

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