Recipe for Southern Fruit Cake

Submitted by: Carol

Recipe Ingredients:
2 cups  Flour
1 cup  Sugar
1/2lb  Butter
Eggs (Separated)
1/2lb  Citron, Finely Ground
1lb  Raisins
1/2lb  Currants
1/2lb  Dates (Chopped Fine)
1/2lb  Candied Cherries
1lb  Pecans (Chopped) (save some of the whole pecan halves to decorated top of cake)
1 ounce  Rose Water (2 tablespoons)
1 tbsp  Cinnamon
1tbsp  Mace
1 tbsp  Nutmeg
1/2 pint  Whiskey

Cooking Directions:
1.  Cream the butter, added the sugar and the well-beaten egg yolks. Mix the spices in the rose water. Use some of the flour to flour the fruit. Add creamed mixture with the fruit and nuts, flour and whiskey and the rose water. Fold in the beaten egg whites last.

2.  Bake in a slow oven (250 degrees) for about 4 hours.

3.  After cake is completely cool, store in a tight container for at least a month before cutting.

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