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What’s Christmas without a Christmas cake!

It’s Christmas and it cannot be without a Christmas cake, the same way I cannot be without sharing the word about food!
Christmas fun is about to begin and the fun gets doubled when the Christmas cake is served.
Let us bake one with this easy and delicious recipe.


Preparation time: 1 day to 1 month for soaking the dry fruits
top the batter :1 hour
Baking time: 40-60 minutes at _210
Serving: 15-16 serving

CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE

Ingredients:-
·  Approx. 500gms sliced dry fruits
(Mix cherries, plums, sultanas, currents, raisins, orange peels, apricot, almond and what ever you want to add)
· 1 cup or orange juice or Rum/wine/brandy 
·250 gms white flour ( or 230 gms wheat flour)
·1/4 tsp Baking soda
·1 tsp Baking powder
· 4 eggs
· 225 gms unsalted butter
· 230 gms castor sugar
· 20 GM's granulated sugar
·spice mix of ( 3-4 clove, 1 or ½ inch cinnamon) 
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Some early preparations
Firstly this recipe is started one month before Christmas because we have to soak all the sliced dry fruits in rum/wine/brandy for a month. This gives an amazing flavor to the dry fruits, which in turn, increases the richness of the flavor of the cake.
But.........for instant and non alcoholic Christmas cake recipe sit back and enjoy reading this recipe.
 if you have only 3 to 4 days left follow the recipe instructions given below.
One more thing if you want to make non-alcoholic solution, you can even soak the dry fruits in orange juice for a day or two.
So let's start.....
With.....

Soaking the dry fruits:-


  1. Cut the dry fruits in small cubes/slices.
  2. If you are using dates remove the seeds and then slice it.
  3. Take 1 cup or more of fresh juice of orange.
  4. Add sliced dry fruits.
  5. Soak this for at least 1 day.


1.       Steaming the so freshdry fruits

  • When the soaking process is done for one or two days ,now you need to steam the dry fruits which you have previously soaked in rum/wine/brandy/orange juice.
  • For the steaming process, take a deep container (like a big bowl) and pour some water in it.
  •  Place a plate with perforations above the boiling water. Make sure that the plate is at some distance from the boiling water and does not come in contact with the boiling water. 
  • Only the steam must be able to contact the plate. If you have idli Maker you can use that also. Now, keep the dry fruits on the plate and cover it with a lid.
  • Allow the dry fruits to steam for 10-15 minutes.
  • Take them out after 10-15 minutes, keep them aside and allow them to cool. Till then, you can continue with the other processes.

2.      Preparing the sugar syrup

  1. Take 20 gms of granulate sugar in a non-stick pan and heat it till it develops a shiny brown color and some bubbles start to develop. 
  2. Let it bubble up but don't let it burn,
  3.  add 2 tsp of water and stir it 
  4. When colour become dark add little water approximately 3 4 tbsp.
  5. Stir it well and let it cool.
  6. Letthe sugar syrup cools down. 
  7. You will get a thick liquid (texture much like maple syrup) after it cools down.


3.      Preparing the dry mix

  • Take 250 gms white flour (maida) or 200 gms wheat flour and add 1 tsp of baking powder and a pinch of baking soda to it. 
  • Filter the mixture through a sieve and keep aside.

4.      Preparing brown mix

  • Take 3-4 clove, 1 or ½ inches cinnamon.
  •  Grind all the ingredients together and keep it aside.
  • We will grate nutmeg directly to the batter later.

5.      Preparing the batter


  • Take 225 gms unsalted butter at room temperature in a bowl. You can get it easily in local groceries or from dairy.
  • Beat the butter till it becomes fluffy. Whisking is my son's favorite step. he always helps me in whisking.
  • Now, add castor sugar to it and continue beating the mixture till you get a smooth and fluffy texture like that of icing.
  • Now it's time to add egg , but add one egg at a time to the mixture. Do it till 4 eggs.
(Do not add all the 4 eggs at once.)

  • When eggs are done batter will look fluffy


6.      Combining the preparations

  • When we are done adding eggs now add brown sugar syrup mix to the batter and mix it properly.(The sugar syrup is added to give a nice brown color to the Christmas cake).
  • Mix the syrup thoroughly to obtain a uniform texture.
  • Now, add some flour mix to the batter and fold the batter with a spatula to mix it. 
  • Keep on adding the flour mix till you get a smooth and uniform batter.
  • (DO not add all the flour mix at ance.)
  • After you have obtained a uniform batter for your cake, 
  • It's time to add the soaked and steamed dry fruits to it.
  • Take a baking tray and brush it with oil or butter.
  • You can even add butter paper on the tray to prevent the cake from sticking to its surface.
  • Pour the batter on the tray. Do not load the tray with batter.
  •  Don't fill the tin till top there must be some space remaining.

7.      Baking time

  • Bake it at 210 degrees Celsius for 40-60 minutes on conversation mode.(The baking time depends on the thickness of your baking tray)
  • Keep checking the cake after 40 minutes by pricking it with a skewer.
  • If the skewer comes out neat, then your cake has baked properly. If the toothpick does not come out clean, then let it bake for some more time.
  • Some time the cake surface bakes before time and look brown in colour but the cake still remains uncooked in the middle. Colour come dark because of the sugar syrup which we added. 
  • It will take minimum 60 mins to bake.

Once, your cake has been baked, take it out of the microwave and let it cool and rest for whole night or for 3-4 hours.
Now, take it out of the baking tray.
Here's is your Christmas cake....enjoy......
our Christmas cake is ready to be served.
Happy Christmas and a happy new.......

If you try my recipe and like it please let me know by commenting on my page.....

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Milan Tomic

Hi. I’m Designer of Blog Magic. I’m CEO/Founder of ThemeXpose. I’m Creative Art Director, Web Designer, UI/UX Designer, Interaction Designer, Industrial Designer, Web Developer, Business Enthusiast, StartUp Enthusiast, Speaker, Writer and Photographer. Inspired to make things looks better.

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3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much hope u tried the recipe

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  2. Thanks for sharing this article here about the Christmas fruit cakes. Your article is very informative and nicely describe the recipe of unique fruit cakes. Keep sharing these types of articles here.

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