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Wow -- this is so good! I used a package of mixed dried fruits from the market, and as I didn't have any mixed spice, I found a list of the ingredients in it and made some up from spices in my pantry. The fruit loaf was even more delicious the day after I made it -- so moist and dense, but not heavy. I made two -- one for us and one for a holiday platter, cutting that loaf up into bite-sized squares. As one of my kids said, "It's sort of like a fruitcake, except that regular fruitcake is too sweet and has some yukky stuff in it. This one is great!" It also got terrific reviews from all the adults -- thanks for sharing your recipe.
This is a fabulous recipe as not only a loaf but also muffins. The only alteration I made was to halve the sugar content to 1 cup not 2. Today I am going to try it with fresh fruit added with the dry ingredients instead of using dried fruit. Will let you know the outcome. Smiles JM :o)
mmmmm!!!! this recipe is lovley,i honestly thourght i had some dried fruit in my cupboards but only to find my sons raisens i thourght hey lets give this a shot....and voila beautiful fruit loaf VERY EASY,HIGHLY RECOMMENDED,and i didnt have mixed spice so i used wait for it....tea masala that is used in indian chai or tea!! very scrumpchous!!!!
Absolutely Beautiful .......best fruit loaf I've ever made and the easiest!!!!!<br/>I used 1 cup of water and 1 cup of pure orange juice and used ground ginger instead of cinnamon,I also added a little more fruit and cherries.Will definitely be making it again!
Don't know if the mixed spice that I used is comparable to the one for this recipe, but I got the recipe for it from another Zaar chef, & it worked great for me! I used mixed dried fruit here, which included some pear, apricot, Fuji apple, dates & cranberries & the loaf was GREAT! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed as a kidnapped recipe in the Aus/NZ Recipe Swap #16]