This photo of the fruitcake has nothing to do with the recipe... I just borrowed it from the internet pictures....Fruit assembled like cake!!!!!.
I picked up a few books this weekend and this recipe was in a book by Debbie Macomber , called Glad tidings. This is a tried and tested recipe by the author and since it is no-bake, maybe easier to achieve. Another good thing is that you do not have to wait weeks to taste the results. It can be had as soon as it is made.
I haven't tried it out, but it looks good and I am sure some of you out there may want to make a quick fruitcake, with Christmas so close ...
Golden or dark raisins - 1 cup
Dates - 2 cups
Mixed candied fruit - 2 cups
Chopped nuts - 4 cups (or you may reduce to 3, if you so prefer)
Evaporated milk - 3/4 cup
Marshmallows - 2 cups
Finely crushed Graham crackers - 2 cups
Mix raisins, dates, candied fruit and chopped nuts in a large bowl.
In a saucepan, (or using microwave) bring the evaporated milk to a boil, add marshmallows and stir well till the marshmallows are melted and mixed thoroughly with the milk.
Finely grind the graham crackers till they are at flour consistency.
Mix the crackers with fruit and nuts mixture.
Add the milk and marshmallows to it. Mix well with wet hands.
Rinse hands, pat the mixture and press it into a 9 inch by 5 inch loaf pan lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 2 days
Variations : instead of 2 cups candied fruits, add 1/2 cup candied fruit, 1/2 cup flaked coconut and 1 cup candied pineapple for a tropical taste. If the mixture feels too dry, add a bit of orange juice or strawberry jam.
It has no alcohol, so it is a better option for young children.