Vanilla Wafer Fruitcake Recipe

Vanilla Wafer Fruitcake Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 pound candied cherries

1/2 pound candied pineapple slices

1 pound walnuts, pecans or combination of both

1 pound vanilla wafers

1/4 pound raisins

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk

How to make it

Set aside four whole cherries, two pineapple slices and 16 pecan or walnut halves. Chop remaining fruit and nuts. Crush vanilla wafers; combine the chopped fruit, nuts and raisins and set aside.

In a bowl, beat eggs well. Stir in sugar, salt and milk. Combine wafer/nut mixture with egg mixture. Pack into a waxed paper-lined 10-in. tube pan. Decorate top with reserved whole fruit and nuts. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Run a sharp knife around edge; turn cake out of pan, then back over again so decorations are on top. Cake can be made ahead and frozen; taste improves with age.
Yield: about 40 servings.