Fruit Cake

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Fruit cake is a cake made with dried fruit, nuts, and spices, optionally soaked in alcohol. A festive flavourful and moist fruit cake to enjoy all holiday season.  Here I am doing a alcohol free fruit cake substituting with orange juice. So don’t wait, pick up your ingredients and give it a try.

For soaking

¼  cup golden raisins

¼ cup black raisins

¼ cup tutti frutti

¼ cup galazed cherries

¼ cup candied orange peel

9  dates

1 cup fresh orange juice

For the spice mix

2 inches cinnamon

4 cardamom

4 cloves

 1 piece dried ginger

¼ tsp nutmeg powder

For the batter

1 1/2 cup  flour

1 cup brown  sugar

¼ cup white sugar for caramelizing

150 gram butter

1tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 eggs

Method

Chop all the dry fruits and soak in orange juice. Cover and let the dry fruits soak for 24 hours.

Grind the  whole spices .Sieve the flour, baking powder and the powdered spice  mix and keep aside.

In a pan on medium heat  melt ¼ cup sugar slowly. It will first melt and turn into a dark brown colour, keep stirring and let it turn a deep dark  caramel colour. Don’t let it burn. Turn off heat and add about ¼ cup of water. Turn on the heat  and slowly heat the mixture until the sugar  crystals dissolve. Let this cool and set aside.

Add 3 tbsp four to the dry fruits and nuts and mix well. This is so that they  won’t sink to the bottom of the batter while baking,

Beat the butter and the powdered sugar until fluffy for about 10 minutes by hand or 3-4 minutes with an electric beater. Add vanilla essence and mix until combined. Next all the eggs and beat well. Add the flour mixture and fold gently. Add the cooled caramel and the dry fruits and gently fold in.

Pour batter into a greased cake pan and smooth the top. Bake the cake at 160 degree for 50-55 minutes until the top turns a dark brown. Insert a skewer into the cake and if it comes  out dry then the cake is baked  completely. Take out the cake from the mould and leave aside to cool it down.

The fruit cake is ready to serve

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