This recipe boils the mixed fruit first in milk before baking which results in a deliciously moist cake. After baking you can ice it for a festive touch if you like.
A very good fruitcake. What I really like is that you make it in one pot that you cook and mix in. I used lt. brown sugar and added chopped dates and white raisins to the standard candied fruit marinated in a few spoons of brandy and apple juice. I also added vanilla and almond extract. Turns out perfect. Make in a big pot, not a saucepan. I used teflon and also teflon pan to bake in. Slid right out. Will be even better after it ages a day or two. - 21 Dec 2004 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
The first time i made this i followed it to a "T" and although wrapped and kept in a sealed box it went dry. The second time i made it, i soaked the fruit in brandy over night and substituted brandy for the milk. I left it sealed for a month before trying it, and it was lovely. It also stayed moist much longer than the original one. - 08 Dec 2006 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Just the best tastiest and moist fruit cake I have ever made .highly recomend this one! I am not a great cook but thisis so easy.I used chinese 5 spices and soaked the fruit for 4 days in sherry....... diverted a little. - 02 Dec 2008 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)