Cherry Chip Christmas Cake


Makes 1 loaf (about 40 slices)
Must be prepared 24 hours in advance of slicing

2 cups pecans, chopped
1 ½ cups candied cherries, sliced
9 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 ½ cups sifted flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar

Grease a 9×5 loaf pan, line it lengthwise with waxed paper, allowing an inch to hang over each end, and grease again.

Place the pecans, cherries and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt and add to the cherry mixture.

Gently mix together with a wooden spoon and set aside.

In another mixing bowl beat eggs until lemon-colored and thickened. Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until incorporated.

Pour egg mixture into the cherry mixture and blend thoroughly with a wooden spoon. The dough is very thick and heavy.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 1 ½ hours or until cake is lightly browned and a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Turn loaf out on a cooling rack, paper side up, and cool 15 minutes. Remove the paper. Continue to cool for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight) before slicing.

To serve, slice cake with a sharp bread knife in half lengthwise and ¼ inch slices across the width.

Note: This cake keeps well, wrapped in foil in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. It should not be frozen.

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