What's full of jellied fruit, a variety of nuts and frequently used as a doorstop? If you guessed fruitcake, you're right on the nose. Traditional fruitcake has gotten a bit of a bad rap over the years. With old-timer ingredients like jellied nuts and brandy, it has a reputation for being a holiday cake that only a great-grandmother could love. The gist of a traditional holiday fruitcake is a plentiful mixture of dried and sugar-coated fruits and nuts with just enough cake batter to keep it all together. And it's heavily preserved with alcohol, giving it a long shelf-life and the density of a brick. But don't dismiss it too quickly, because we have some recipes with modern twists to funk up your fruitcake.
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