Believe it or not, I have never tried fruitcake prior to this challenge. I don't know why. I guess I just heard all the disparaging remarks about fruitcake and never bothered to see if they were based on fact or fiction. If you, like me, don't know....let me assure you, it is all fiction. These fruitcake muffins I made are absolutely delicious and I am proud to serve them.
I adapted this recipe from a book called The Pillsbury Family Christmas Cookbook. I have had this book for over 20 years and pull it out each year and always find a new recipe to make along with some old favorites.
This recipe starts with a quick bread mix that is doctored up to create a delicious family friendly fruitcake. It contains no alcohol as most fruitcakes do. Not that I have anything against boozy cakes. In fact, I love them, but I wanted to make something my Little Miss Melody could enjoy as well.
I started with an orange cranberry quick bread and added raisins and candied fruit.
It was kid tasted and kid approved.
Grampy approved too, even though he thought he hated fruitcake before he tried it.
Festive (Kid Friendly) Fruit Cake Muffins
adapted from Pillsbury Family Christmas Cookbook
1 pkg quick bread mix (I used orange/cranberry)
1 c. water
1 T. oil
1 c. raisins
1 c. candied fruitcake mixture
Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix just until combined. Spoon into 12 muffin cups that have been lined with paper wrappers or treated with cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle removes cleanly. Print Recipe
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