FRUIT MIX TO BE SOAKED
|150 gms Golden Raisins|
|75 gms Currants|
|75 gms Dried kiwi|
|75 gms Dried cranberries|
|75 gms Glazed cherries|
|75 gms Dates|
|70 gms Dried apricots|
|20 gms Candied ginger|
|from 1 lemon Lemon zest|
|from 1 orange Orange zest|
|200 ml Apple juice|
FRUIT MIX TO BE COOKED
|125 ml Apple juice|
|125 ml Orange juice|
|200 gms Castor sugar|
|150 gms Butter|
|1 tsp Clove powder|
|1 tsp Nutmeg powder|
|1 tsp Dry ginger powder|
|400 gms All purpose flour|
|1/2 tsp Salt|
|1 tsp Baking soda|
|1 tsp Baking powder|
|130 gms Slivered almonds|
|20 Blanched almonds|
FOR THE SOAKING SYRUP
|65 gms Water|
|100 gms Castor sugar|
|2" Cinnamon stick|
|1 Star Anise|
|1 orange Orange peel|
Christmas is fast approaching and we can see most of the bloggers posting recipes of fruitcakes. This blog already has 2 recipes of the fruitcake and I was not keen to try a new recipe. And then my friend landed from Rajkot and when I asked her, what should I bake for her, Her reply was a fruitcake. And then incidentally Anuja had posted a Christmas fruitcake recipe on the group Simple baking happy bakes.
This week the team of Foodie Monday blog hop decided that the theme for this week to be Christmas recipes. Just when I was wondering as to how to manage the posting for different groups without omitting any submission, even in this busy schedule with a lot of travelling, this theme just made things easy for me. This amazing Christmas fruitcake fitted the theme of both Foodie Monday blog hop and Bake-a-thon.
Anuja is kind enough to give many tried out recipes and this Christmas fruitcake recipe is a keeper. She had given the option of soaking the fruits in either rum or apple juice. I have soaked it in apple juice. I have brushed the cake with the suggested sugar syrup. You can choose to brush it with sugar syrup spiced with cinnamon and star anise.
Verdict: The cake turned out to out of the world. It has a wonderful crumb too.
TO BE COOKED
Add the apple juice, orange juice, spice powders, butter and sugar in a cooking pan and bring it to boil.
Now add the mixed soaked fruit and simmer for 5-10 mins. Let it cool completely
Preheat the oven to 170C
Grease the pan and line it with parchment paper
Mix in all the dry ingredients in a plate and keep aside
Whisk the eggs separately till frothy and keep aside
Now fold in the dry ingredients in the cooked dry fruit syrup.
Finally fold in the eggs to this mixture
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 60 mins or until the skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean
Transfer it to the cooling rack
Meanwhile boil the ingredients given under the sugar syrup. Keep it warm
Cool the cake for 10 minutes and brush the cake on all sides with the sugar syrup. Let it cool completely
Slice and serve it.
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