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In Defense Of Fruitcake

You're nutty as a fruitcake.

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1. A lot of fruitcake's bad rep stems from people's seeming inability to take a nice picture of it.

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It's admittedly not the most photogenic of treats. It is, as the French say, "jolie-laide."

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4. And the recipe is quite versatile.

Like those weird green cherries? Put in a bunch. Hate nuts? Don't include them. Swap the cherries for apricots. Add figs. Include almonds and walnuts but not cashews. Coat the whole thing in powdered sugar, top it off with a glaze. YOU DO YOU.

5. And, yes. Homemade fruitcakes don't taste anything like the boxed version you've been re-gifting for seven generations.

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Homemade cakes have a nicer balance of sweetness and nuttiness and a more, well. Cake-like texture than those weird, gummy (Yet... alluring? So sue me.) mass-produced cakes.

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6. It's fruitcake's world and we're just living in it.

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Did you know that fruitcake can outlive you? Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno once sampled a fruitcake baked in 1878, which had been kept as a prized family heirloom. Not necessarily a reason to eat it, but certainly reason to be in awe of it.

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