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Fruit Cake
One of the cakes I love is the Christmas Fruit cake~loaded with dried fruits and nuts and rightly flavored with aromatic spices. I am not much of a baker, but I love baking this great tasting Fruit Cake that is probably one of the most popular cakes during Christmas in India and sold in most Bakeries during the Holiday Season.
My Christmas cake recipe is from Amma`s friend who made this cake for Christmas and our family enjoyed them every year as well~ a little crunchy on the outside and moist inside.
Ingredients:
  1. 4 cups Dry Fruits like Raisins, Dates, Cherries, Fig, Apricots
  2. 4 cups All purpose flour (Maida)
  3. 2 cups nuts like cashews, walnuts and almonds
  4. 4 cups sugar
  5. 8 eggs
  6. 1/2 teaspoon orange peel
  7. 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel
  8. 1 cup rum
  9. Baking powder - 3 tsp
  10. Butter - 1 lb or 4 sticks(approx 450gms)
  11. 1 cup sugar (to make caramelized syrup)
  12. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  13. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  14. 1/4 teaspoon cloves powder
  15. 1 teaspoon dry ginger(Sukku) powder
  16. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  17. 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Procedure: 
  1. Chop the fruits and add lemon and orange peels. Mix rum and combine everything well. Keep at room temperature covered for at least a night. This can be done well in advance from a year to 3 months, the more the time the dry fruits are soaked in rum the more tastier it is. Mix in about 4 tablespoon of flour on the day of making the cake (this prevents the fruits to sink to the bottom while baking).
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  3. Chop the nuts into small pieces and set aside.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder,salt and spice powders.
  5. To make the caramel syrup, in a saucepan and add 4 tablespoons of water and 1cup sugar. Bring this to a boil on high heat.
  6. In few minutes, a nice dark brown color forms, immediately, remove the pan from the stove and very carefully and immediately add 1 cup of water to the caramel ( when water is added, it tends to splash so wear gloves or keep in a sink ). Keep this aside.
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  8. Preheat the oven to 350 ° F.
  9. In a mixing bowl, on slow speed beat butter first and then add 4 cups of sugar and beat until it is creamy. 
  10. Add eggs and beat well.
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  12. Pour in the caramel syrup and vanilla extract and mix everything together.
  13. Add the flour-baking powder mix and fold this in with a wooden or plastic spatula.
  14. When they are well mixed, add the fruits, nuts and mix again.
  15. Pour this into a loaf pans.  
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  17. Bake for 1 hour at 350 ° F. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the pan. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done. If not, bake for another 15 minutes and check again.Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool.
  18. Pierce the cake with toothpick, and pour Brandy (about 1/4 cup for each loaf).
  19. Remove the cake from the pan when completely cooled.
Fruit Cake 2
This goes to Show Me Your Cake being hosted here in Dil Se,Desserts, Pastries and Icecreams hosted by Radhika, Cakes and Cookies hosted by Mahimaa, Its time to jingle again hosted by Priyanka. Cakes n Cookies hosted by Saraswathy.


TIPS: With the above measurements I made two 8 inch pans and one loaf pan. For those who do not prefer using rum, soak the dry fruits with orange juice but not more than a day. I also saw Alton Brown cooking them in Apple juice. I am not sure how this will turn out and these are my sincere suggestions .   
Our Christmas tree this year:
Christmas Tree

30 comments:

  1. Cake looks very festive and beautiful. Happy holidays to you too.

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  2. Nice picture. Happy Holidays.

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  3. am drooling over ur cake..(gonna call hubby to get me a cake..)

    Lovely presentation..thanks for step by step pics.

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  4. Lovely lovely cake Cilantro. It is a favorite of mine and never quite understood why people here don't like it much.

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  5. Such a beautiful cake Cilantro..just love cakes with fruits and nuts and these cake is very prefect for me..Happy holidays..

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  6. The cake is lovely! Happy Holiday's :)

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  7. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Cilantro. The cake looks delicious, reminds me of the rich cakes we used to get in Bangalore bakeries. Enjoy the sunny weather :-)

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  8. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Cilantro. The cake looks gorgeous!

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  9. The cake looks perfect, hope you had a Merry Christmas

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  10. wow..beautiful Christmas tree. I love your cake..it looks so gooood.

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  11. Awesome tempting cake. Appreciate the detailed procedure.

    Chitchat
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  12. yummy,,;-)willbe glad if u send this for jingle event at my blog,...

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  13. Thats looking so so Yum!! Lovely presentation! Christmas tree looks pretty too :)

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  14. The cake looks so yyumm...belated christmas wishes and a very happy new year to u and your family

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  15. that's one yummy looking cake... any idea why it is not advisable to soak dried fruits in orange juice for more than a day? I don't have rum and would like to use orange juice... :)

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  16. Indhu,
    The rum hydrates and preserves the fruits but orange juice tends to spoil soon and therfore I would suggest keeping them in the refrigerator when soaked for more than a day.

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  17. Fruit cake looks gorgeous, lovely picture:)

    Belated wishes 'Merry X-Mas'...enjoy your holidays...

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  18. What a pretty looking cake you have here, Cilantro :)!!..A very authentic recipe too..:)
    Love the tree! Simbbbly beautiful...
    Wishing you a Great year ahead, girl :)

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  19. Awesome cake.. you seem to have got the right texture.. way to go

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  20. The Christmas cake presentation and Christmas tree look awesome. Best wishes of the season for you.

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  21. Happy Holidays! Great cake and a beautifully decorated tree.

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  22. lovely picture
    happy 2010 !!

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  23. Lovely cake, Merry Christmas and happy new year Cilantro..

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  24. Absolutely delicious cake.Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year dear:)

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  25. could you please link back to my event announcement? the cake look really really pretty.

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  26. Hi Cake is lovely and christmas tree looks good. Thank you for participating in my event. Happy New Year.

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  27. I made this last night…..it was so easy and so great. Conference Centre Manchester

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