Figgie Fruitcake

Recipe courtesy of Travis Martinez
Show: Cake Wars Episode: Christmas: Santa's New Ride
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 30 min
Prep: 1 hr
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 30 min
 
YIELD: 48 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped white figs
  • 1/2 cup brandy-soaked dried apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Grand Marnier-soaked golden raisins
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Stolen Spice, recipe follows
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup toasted chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped candied orange peel
  • 3 cups apricot glaze
STOLEN SPICE:
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon salad oil
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Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray 2 sheets 2-ounce oval flexible molds with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium saucepot, heat 2 cups water until a candy thermometer inserted in the water reads 110 degrees F. Add the figs, apples, apricots, cranberries and raisins, then remove from the heat and soak the fruit.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, Stolen Spice and salt in a medium bowl. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the brown sugar, vanilla and butter for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl before each addition. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour. Once incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl and increase the speed to medium for 30 seconds. Pour the fruit mix, soaking water, pecans and orange peel in the mixing bowl and mix until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and increase the speed to medium for 30 seconds. Using a 2-inch ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the molds and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely before unmolding.

In a small saucepot set over low heat, melt the apricot glaze. Brush the glaze on the fruitcakes and cool. Serve at room temperature.
Special equipment: 2 sheets 2-ounce oval flexible molds; a 2-inch (number 24) ice cream scoop

In a small bowl, mix the chili powder, paprika, cumin, brown sugar, garlic powder, cayenne, black pepper, white pepper and salt. Add in the oil and mix well.
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