Gertrude’s Black Fruit Cake

Gertrude's Black Fruit Cake


1 pound dark brown sugar
1 pound butter
10 eggs
1 pound flour (3 1/2 cups)
3 packages raisins
1 carton mixed citron and peels, etc. 
1 pound English walnuts (3 cups)
1 package figs, cut small
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 pint cooking brandy
2 teaspoons Royal baking powder


Take 1/2 flour; mix fruits and nuts.  Cream brown sugar and butter; then add rest of flour.  Add 1 egg at a time, mixing after each one.  (All mixing absolutely by hand.)  Add fruit and nuts to first mixture, spices, baking powder, and brandy, mix well.  

Line 3 bread tins or 6 coffee cans with layers of buttered brown paper.  Bake 1 – 1 1/2 hours at 300-degrees. 

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