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  • fatkats Little Chocolate-Hahlua Fruitcakes

    fatkat Posted May 04, 2006 06:39 AM
    I have not made these yet but found them in a Christmas cookbook I got from a booksale at the library awhile back

    Little Chocolate-Kahlua Fruitcakes
    Source: Christmas with Southern Living 1997

    1 cup butter
    6 ounces semisweet chocolate
    1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
    1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    3 large eggs
    1/4 cup Kahlua
    2 tablespoons Kahlua
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 cups all-purpose flour divided
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    10 ounces pitted dates whole
    1 1/2 cups chopped pecans toasted
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    3/4 cup dried apricot halves chopped
    Additional Kahlua

    Grease five 6 x 3 x 2-inch loaf pans. Line bottoms of loaf pans with wax paper; set aside.

    Melt butter and chocolate in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring often. Stir in coffee granules. Remove mixture from heat and let cool 15 minutes.

    Pour into a large bowl. Stir in brown sugar. Add egg yolks, stirring well. Add 2 tablespoons Kahlua and vanilla extract; stir well.

    Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, soda, and salt; add to chocolate mixture. Combine dates next 3 ingredients; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup flour, tossing to coat. Stir fruit mixture into batter.

    Beat egg whites at high speed of an electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake at 300 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pans, and brush loaves with remaining 1/4 cup Kahlua. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

    Wrap fruitcakes in Kahlua-soaked cheesecloth. Store in an airtight container in a cool place at least 1 week before serving. Pour a small amount of Kahlua over each loaf every week up to 1 month. To serve, slice with an electric knife.

    Yield: 5 loaves