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Old Fashioned Fruitcake

Old Fashioned Fruitcake

Old Fashioned and delicious yeasted fruitcake.

  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 4 loaves


  • 1 kilo of all-purposed flour (2 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground anise, optional
  • 250 grams of powdered sugar
  • 14 grams or 2 packets of granulated instant dry yeast
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup ground walnuts or almonds
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped candied fruit
  • 2 tablespoons of beer
  • 250 grams of melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 ml. of warm water
  • 1 egg to paint


  1. Mix almonds, raisins, nuts, candied fruit, and ground almonds in a bowl.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, cloves, nutmeg, anise, and yeast in a large bowl. Stir with a fork until well blended.
    Flour and yeast for old fashioned fruitcake
  3. In another medium bowl, mix melted butter, beer, and eggs. Beat with a fork until well blended.
  4. Make a volcano and put the butter mixture in the center. Stir with a wooden spoon to mix or knead all. Add the warm water and knead to form a uniform dough. It will be heavy but not sticky. You can use the mixer or food processor for this.
    Dough for the yeasted fruitcake
  5. Let stand covered with a cloth in a warm draft-free place for 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  6. Remove the dough to a floured counter and pound with your hands to make a rectangle. Place the mixture of nuts, raisins, and candied fruit on the center, roll and knead until incorporated and evenly distributed.
  7. Cut the dough into four equal parts and make rolls/buns with each.
    Raw Old Fashioned Fruitcake
  8. Preheat oven to 300F or 150C.
  9. Place the buns on a baking pan covered with parchment paper and let rise for 15-30 minutes.
  10. Cut a triangle on top of each bun and brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with sugar if desired.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until golden.
  12. Cool on a wire rack—storage in sealed bags.
    Old Fashioned Fruitcake
  • Author: Pilar Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Chilean

Keywords: Old Fashioned Fruitcake