The fruitcake has a long and
esteemed history, beginning in ancient Rome when people mixed up rum, seed, and
barley concoctions. Later, in the middle ages, it developed the sweet
and complex flavor it has today with the addition of honey, dried fruit, and
Today, we are most familiar
with these "not liked by everyone" concoctions as a mail-order Christmas gift. In fact, the first mail order
company to deliver them was started back in 1913. In the US, they usually
contain refined sugar and some kind of alcohol (most commonly brandy or
Speaking of whiskey, this recipe
contains a half cup of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey!
This recipe has 13 ingredients,
including apricot brandy and candied fruits. It takes 50-55 minutes to bake.
features 12 ingredients and takes 3 hours to bake. It has orange liqueur, dried
apricots and peaches, as well as candied pineapple.
Here's a great picture
of one chock full of raisins and other goodies.
Here's a Christmas
on our site has some additional recipes for the traditional holiday favorite.
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