There are 3 kinds of people in the world.
1. Those who love fruitcake.
2. Those who hate fruitcake.
3. Those who hate fruitcake but haven’t/won’t try it.
This recipe is for ALL you.
If you love fruitcake then I’m sure you’ll love this and if you don’t like fruitcake I bet you’ll love this too as pie is always awesome. And the booze.
People tend to hate on fruitcake since fruitcake can be dense and dry. But guess what? That is BAD fruitcake. Not all fruitcake is like a door stop. Good fruitcake will have you begging for more. I’m serious.
Every year Price’s dad sends us a fruitcake and it takes all my self control not to intercept it before he opens the package to eat it all myself and tell them it must have gotten lost in the mail. Now, that is good fruitcake!
Part of what makes fruitcake so good is its boozy goodness. So I used 2 different liquors in this pie. There is rum in the crust and brandy in the pie. Boom!
People will love this pie. The rich crust is a tender, flakey base for a custardy pie. The filling is custardy, and yet crunchy from the nuts. Every bite is jam packed full of brandy soaked fruit and crunchy pecans. It will be a great pie to serve this Christmas.
Makes a 9″ pie
For the Pie Crust (you only use 1/2 of the dough)
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 Tablespoons Rum, very cold
- 2 to 4 Tablespoons ice water
For the Pie Filling
- 3/4 Cup red candied cherries
- 1/4 Cup candied pineapple
- /2 Cup chopped dates
- 1/4 Cup chopped candied lemon peel
- 1/2 Cup brandy
- 6 Tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/2 Cup packed brown sugar
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 Cup light corn syrup
- 1 Cup pecan halves, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- To prepare the fruit mixture for the pie, chop the candied cherries and pineapple. Combine the cherries, pineapple, dates, and lemon peel in a small bowl. Add the Brandy and mix to coat. Let soak for 1 hour- 24 hours.
- To make the crust, cut the butter and shortening into small pieces. Return it to the refrigerator while you prepare the flour mixture.
- Place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a dough blade and pulse a few times to mix.
- Add the butter and shortening. Pulse until the butter is the size of peas and the mixture is crumbly While the machine is running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse the machine until the dough begins to pull away from the sides. Dump out on a floured surface. Quickly kneed together, divide into equal sized balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- While the pie crust is chilling, chop the pecans. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, corn syrup, pecans, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg.
- Preheat the oven to $350 degrees. Grease a 9″ pie plate.
- Remove one of the dough balls from the refrigerator. Roll out on the floured surface again. Form a circular disk that is large enough to fit into the 9″ pie plate with some overhanging crust. While you are rolling it out, roll from the center to the edge, turning and flouring the dough to make sure it doesn’t stick to the surface.
- Drain the soaking fruit. (You may save the the Brandy to reuse for another pie.)
- Evenly sprinkle the fruit mixture over the crust. Pour the filling mixture over the fruit.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers.
Pie Filling Adapted from Taste of Home, Pie Crust adapted from Ina Garten
Such a good pie.
I’m gonna love this pie..Thanks for a great recipe…
I adore ‘Traditional Christmas Cake’ being from the U.K. it’s one of our ‘must haves’ for Christmas & New Year, served with good quality local cheese…
I make several for family, friends & neighbors a few for us as we always end up eating one before the holiday even starts!
I too soak my fruit in lots of brandy, use best butter, lots of cherries, sliced & ground almonds to the cake mixture, feed the cake with brandy which keeps it lovely & moist. Then cover with home made ‘Almond Paste’ & decorate with ‘Royal Icing’ adding a few drops of glycerine to keep it nice & soft.
That’s how we love our Christmas Cakes, as do many others which is why this is a busy time of year for me, that’s even before I start on the treats like mince pies, cakes, sausage rolls & all the other pastries that we have on our Christmas table…
After that, there’s New Years Eve for people dropping by to wish us Seasons Greetings, they’ve got to be catered for so it’s usually non-stop baking until the Holidays are over…
Family come to ours for Christmas & New Years Day, there’s plenty of us…
I make heaps of roast potatoes, parsnips & Yorkshire Puddings to go with the Turkey, Beef & Pork, home made stuffing & the condiments to go with them!
Phew, I shall be pleased when it’s over-with so I can breathe a sigh of relief, as I’m afraid I’ve forgotten something, it’s the same every year…
Will I ever learn to stop worrying? I very much doubt it, it certainly keeps me on my toes!
I do love to entertain the family over the Holidays, it’s well worth the extra effort that it takes, they do appreciate it, as I do in having them!
I shall let you know what they all think of the fruitcake pie, I’m sure that they’ll love it!
Odelle Smith. (U.K.)
Saundra @ Famished Fish says
I just saw fruitcake filling at the store and pondered making fruitcake for once. I’m totally making this!!!
Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel says
Fruit cake is SOOOO good!! I hate that people are afraid of it!! This pie sounds awesome!
Love this! My dad makes the best fruit cake and I always use his recipe, but I definitely need to try this.
Yeah, great to see you’ve got excellent taste, this fruitcake pie is delicious-try it you’ll love it!
A great recipe, tried & tested…
I think that people that don’t like ‘Traditional Fruit Cake’ don’t realize what they’re missing out on do they?
A fruit cake cake hater will even enjoy a slice of this or two…
I can’t imagine Christmas & New Year with out a wonderful fruit cake served with cheese, we’ve always had it & thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s a huge part of our Christmas Tradition, wouldn’t be Christmas with out it!
Enjoy your Dad’s cake & this pie…
All the best for the Holidays,
Odelle Smith. (U.K.)