My mother, who has a life-long hated of fruitcake, begs me to make this for her. I use chopped crystallized ginger in with the mixed fruit, replacing usually about a quarter of the fruit. I add significantly more spices, including cloves and allspice. Rather than honey, I use molasses. As you can imagine from my substitutions, this is almost a gingerbread- fruit cake hybridâ€¦ delicious.
Definitely a 5-star fruitcake. I made 2 adjustments though. I added only half of the mix fruit and half of the pecans (the 4 lbs and 4 cups respectively just seemed too much, so I reduced both by half). Even so, I ended up with quite a large bundt and had more batter, so I made a smaller 5x8 loaf. We sampled the smaller loaf immediately, and it was fabulous (I'm saving the bundt to "feed" additional brandy until Christmas). I really like my standard fruitcake recipe, but I think this one is much better, and I will make this every Christmas from now on. Thank you for sharing your recipe, CCLady.