Classic Fruitcake

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2 cups pitted dates

2 cups candied lemon rind

2 cups candied orange rind

1 1/2 cups dried apricots

1 1/2 cups dried calymyrna figs

1 1/2 cups candied cherries

1 1/2 cups candied pineapple

1 1/2 cups candied citron

1 cup crystallized ginger

3 cups raisins

3 cups dried currants

2 1/2 cups orange liqueur, such as

Grand Marnier

3 cups cognac

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

3 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground mace

2 tsp. powdered instant espresso

1 lb. butter

2 1/4 cups dark brown sugar

9 eggs

1 1/4 cups molasses

7 cups pecan halves

7 cups walnut halves

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