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Chocolate Fruitcake Cheesecake Recipe
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Chocolate Fruitcake Cheesecake

8 oz cream cheese softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour; divided
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cups red candied cherries; coarsely chopped
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup pecans
1 tablespoon brandy or 2 teaspoons brandy extract
1 teaspoon rum extract

Heat oven to 300F. Grease and flour 10 inch tube pan.

In large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar until blended.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating until light and fluffy.

Stir together 2 cups flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; add to cream cheese mixture, alternately with orange juice, beating well.

In a small bowl, toss remaining 1/4 cup flour with cherries, raisins and pecans; stir into cocoa mixture with brandy and rum extract until blended.

Bake 1 hour and 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack and cool completely. Cover, store in refrigerator. Garnish as desired.

     

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