“Not Your Grandma’s Fruitcake”

Fruitcake gets a bad rap. But this version leaves behind the candied fruit for a tropical blend of apricots, pineapple & mangoes, which should help to convert even the biggest critic. ~ Alan

* As featured in Issue 2 of Adventures with Tea eMagazine!

Not Your Grandma's Fruitcake

“Not Your Grandma’s Fruitcake”

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword An Apricot in Damascus, apricot, fruitcake, tropical fruit
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Author Alan & Marlys Arnold - Adventures with Tea


  • 2 cups “An Apricot in Damascus” brewed tea
  • 2 cups Dried fruit (tropical mix works well)
  • 8 Tbsp. Butter (1 stick)
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg


  1. Brew An Apricot in Damascus tea & pour into a bowl. Let dried fruit soak in the tea for about an hour. Pour this mixture into a saucepan with butter, bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.

  2. Mix dry ingredients together, then blend in the egg. Add fruit and tea, then mix. Pour batter into four 6-inch mini loaf pans.

  3. Bake at 350° F for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If top browns too quickly, cover with foil for remaining time.


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