If you live near someone long enough, eventually you will share recipes. It’s just part of being neighbors and I’m happy to say that’s what’s happened to be throughout my married life. My mother never made fruitcake and as far as I know, none of my family exchanged them either.
Way back in the mid 1970’s we lived in Clinton, Iowa and our neighbors were Hazel and Carman Eckman. Hazel was always baking cookies, cakes and desserts of some kind. I’d go over and have coffee with her some days and so I got the benefit of sharing the fruits of her labors.
A recipe Hazel gave me was for Unbaked Fruitcake. It sounds funny, but it tasted pretty good! (There’s nothing in it to harm you if it’s not baked)
No Bake Fruitcake
1 qt. chopped shelled pecans 1 box seedless raisins
1 – 10 oz bottle of marchino cherries, drained
1 C. evaporated milk 1/2 pound vanilla wafers
1/2 pound graham crackers
Combine all ingredients and press with spoon into an 8 X 8 inch pan lined with wax paper. Chill until set. Serves 4
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