I have made this 2 Christmases in a row and WOW, it is incredible! I used candied fruitcake mixed fruit that you buy in the store that I soaked in amaretto for about 2 weeks prior to baking. The day I prepared it, I used regular dried fruit. This year I used apricots and strawberries and it was delicious. Instead of mixed spice, I used a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. I also added vanilla extract. It's really such a versatile recipe, as long as you get the basic preparation. I feel you can experiment with different fruits, nuts, and spices. I also didn't use the newspaper...I just covered the pan with parchment paper on the inside and foil on the outside. Don't be intimidated by fruitcake or think that it's not for you. I have converted people who hated fruitcake with this recipe. It is so moist, dense, and sweet. I can see this becoming a Christmas tradition in my household. You must try it!
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I have made this 2 Christmases in a row and WOW, it is incredible! I used candied fruitcake...