Chocolate Nut Fruitcake

This delicious fruitcake recipe is filled with candied red cherries, chocolate, and nuts for a moist dessert that's perfect for Christmas or any occasion.



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Ingredients
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    1   cup 
    candied red cherries, coarsely chopped
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    1   cup 
    dried apricots, chopped
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    1/2  cup 
    golden raisins
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    1/2  cup 
    semisweet chocolate pieces
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    6   tablespoons 
    butter, softened
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    1/2  cup 
    packed brown sugar
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    1/4  cup 
    granulated sugar
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    3   
    eggs
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    1/4  cup 
    orange juice
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    almond extract
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    1   cup 
    all-purpose flour
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    baking powder
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    1   cup 
    walnuts, toasted and chopped
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    3/4  cup 
    pecans, toasted and chopped
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    1/4  cup 
    sliced almonds

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with parchment or waxed paper; set aside. In bowl combine cherries, apricots, raisins, and chocolate; set aside.
2.
In large mixing bowl beat butter and both sugars with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Beat in orange juice and almond extract. Add flour, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Beat until just combined. Stir in fruit mixture, walnuts, and pecans. Spoon into prepared pan. Sprinkle with almonds.
3.
Bake for 1-1/2 hours, or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on rack. Wrap and store 8 hours or overnight before serving. Makes 16 servings.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 311, Fat, total (g) 16, chol. (mg) 51, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 41, Monosaturated fat (g) 5, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 5, fiber (g) 3, sugar (g) 21, pro. (g) 5, vit. A (IU) 486, vit. C (mg) 4, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (g) 32, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0, sodium (mg) 78, Potassium (mg) 278, calcium (mg) 50, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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