Christmas Fruit Cake

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Merry Christmas

Christmas plays a special place in my heart. My mom was born on Christmas and so is my sister. And, 2 years ago my son was also born on Christmas eve – yes in our house we celebrate birthday of three generations on Christmas eve.
My earliest memories of Christmas was standing in line with my dad and sister at Nahoum and Sons in New Market for their awesome Christmas cakes. Winter in Kolkata is not a freezing, but pleasant. The city gets decked up in Christmas lights, and Park street is a sight to see.

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You cannot talk about Christmas without mentioning the fruit filled cakes. The dark rich cake with fruity goodness is the best part of the season. Many start preparing for the cake almost 10 weeks before Christmas, soaking the dried fruit in rum in air tight jars and then bake the cake with those tutti frutties. The rum enhances the flavor of the cake, but with a toddler at your toe, it’s a no no to add any kind of alcohol in your food. So, I changed this Christmas fruit cake recipe from AllRecipes to suit my needs. If you don’t have an oven then you can bake the cake in pressure cooker.

Christmas Fruit Cake
Yields 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup all-purpose flour, + 1 tablespoon
  2. 1 cup tutti frutti
  3. ¼ cup raisin
  4. ¼ cup pecans
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  9. ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  10. ¼ teaspoon salt
  11. ¼ cup molasses
  12. ¼ cup brown sugar
  13. ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  14. 2 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325F/160C
  2. Cream the butter and the brown sugar till its fluffy. Add the egg and beat for a little longer to incorporate
  3. In a separate bowl mix in the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Now add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in two matches mixing in the molasses and milk in between. Pour in the vanilla essence and mix well
  4. In a bowl add the tutti frutti, pecans and raisins and mix in the tablespoon of flour. Add the dry fruits to the cake mix.
  5. Spread the mix in a 6” circular pan or two 6” loaf pans. Put in the oven and bake for 40-45mins or till a knife comes out clean when poked in the middle
Notes
  1. You can substitute tutti frutti with dried fruits like sultana, cranberries, dried pineapple, cherries or mango.
  2. If using rum, then soak the dried fruit in 1/4 cup of rum for atleast 24 hours or upto 10 weeks in an air tight container. Once the cake is baked, soak a cheesecloth with another 1/4 cup of rum and wrap it around the cake(s), then wrap it with a parchment paper and let it age in an air tight container
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2 Comments

  1. You can use 1 egg if you want

  2. So, no eggs?

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