Christmas Fruit Cake

I love this time of the year as it’s a special time to celebrate with family. And what would Christmas be without a Christmas fruit cake!! Here’s my take on a Christmas fruit cake!! Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Christmas Fruit Cake

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Ingredients: For Soaking:
Mixed dry fruits – 3 cups
Rum/Brandy – 1.5 cups (I love using old monk)

For Caramel:
Sugar – ½ cup
Water – 1 tbsp
Warm water – ¼ cup

For Cake:
Plain flour (maida) – 2 cups
Baking powder – 1¼ tsp
Baking soda – ½ tsp
Sugar – 1 cup+ 2 tbsp
Butter – 250 gms
Eggs – 4no.
Vanilla essence – 2 tsp
Jam – 1 tbsp

For Spice Powder:
Cloves – 2
Cardamom – 2
Cinnamon – a small piece
Nutmeg – a small piece

Method: Soaking of Fruits: I used a combination of raisins, currants, candied orange & lemon peel. Mix the fruits & soak it in rum for about a week minimum. Shake the jar of soaked fruits once in a while.

Caramel Preparation: Combine ½ cup sugar & 1 tbsp water in a sauce pan. Heat it & let the sugar melt. When the colour of the melted sugar becomes dark brown, remove the pan from fire & add ¼ cup warm water to this. Bring it back to the heat & boil for 3-4 mins. Remove from fire & let it cool completely.

Spice Powder: Grind all the spices with a pinch of sugar, to a fine powder & keep aside.

Cake Preparation: Preheat the oven at 180 C for 10-15 mins, before baking. Drain the soaked fruits & keep aside. Retain 4 tbsp from the drained liquor. Toss the drained fruits in 1-2 tbsp of flour. This will prevent the fruits from sinking to the bottom of the cake. Sift the plain flour with baking powder & baking soda. Powder the sugar & keep aside. Separate the yolks & white of the eggs. Beat egg whites till soft peaks form. Keep aside. Beat the egg yolks & add the softened butter to it. Beat it till it forms a smooth paste. Add powdered sugar to this, gradually. Beat after each addition. When its smooth add vanilla essence, caramel, spice powder & beat again. Add the sifted flour in 2 batches. Mix after each addition. Add jam & combine. Fold in the beaten egg whites in 2 parts & combine till no white streaks are visible. Fold in the soaked fruits & 4 tbsp of retained liquor. Grease the baking dish & line with baking paper. Pour the batter into the prepared tins. Bake in the pre heated oven for 40-45 mins or until the skewer inserted comes out clean. The baking time can vary depending on the oven & also the size of the tin used

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