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If you are looking for a better alternative to the Fruit cake as a possible baked good item to bring to a party or to give away as a thoughtful gift, give this recipe a try. It has all the flavors of the holidays and is so easy to make. A few simple steps and the oven does the rest. It tastes wonderful warm with cinnamon butter or even one of your favorite glazes. You can dress it up or keep it simple. If you live in South Carolina and don't have time to make this recipe, then check the South Carolina baked goods directory at the bottom of this article.
Makes 2 loaves
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
1 teaspoon nutmeg ground
2/3 cup coconut flaked
2 3 1/2-ounce packages coconut pie filling (regular)
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups cooked sweet potatoes or yams (about 1 pound)
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Mix together all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
In another bowl, mix together eggs, vegetable oil and cooked pumpkin, until well blended. Add egg/pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients; mix well.
Grease (2 ) 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 -inch loaf pans and cover bottoms with greased wax paper. Divide batter evenly between pans and place both on the middle rack of the oven.
Bake for around 1 hour. Test doneness at around 50 minutes with a butter knife inserted in the middle, when it comes out clean it is done.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Once you are able to handle the pan, let bread cool on a piece of non stick aluminum foil the rest of the way.
For more recipes, see: Recipes from a Southern Kitchen