Stewed apples are added to this fruit cake to keep it moist. Rather than buying a mixed fruit blend I make my own including cherries, sultanas, dates and walnuts.
I have made this recipe twice already, and everyone absolutely loves it!! I like it for the fact that there is not one bit of citron/candied fruit in it. Everything is "natural", and the added applesauce gives the cake an excellent moist texture and taste to it. I'm not a big "cloves" or "allspice" person, so I added a "pinch" more of cinnamon, and it still came out great. I also can't eat walnuts, but added more dates, raisins and cherries to the mix, and you couldn't even notice the nuts weren't in the cake. I plan on making this cake for Christmas, and the best part is that whatever is left (which there usually isn't any) I can wrap in plastic wrap and freeze! This recipe is definitely something worth trying!! I love it!! - 19 Dec 2006 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Okay but forget the cherries, I didn't and was disapointed - 02 May 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Excellent, subbed dried apples for dates, moist and light. - 12 Sep 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)