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Christmas plum cake recipe

Prepration time: 2 Hour

Persons served: 10 Persons

Plum Cake

 INGREDIENTS

  • For Soaking
  • Mixed fruits i.e.
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Cherries
  • Ginger peel
  • Orange peel
  • Tutty fruity
  • Black raisins
  • Yellow raisins
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Cashew nuts etc altogether – 3 cups
  • Rum/Brandy – 1.5 cups
  • For Caramel
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Water – 1 tbsp
  • Warm water – 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
  • For Cake
  • Plain flour (maida) – 2 cups
  • Baking powder – 1¼ tsp
  • Baking soda – ½ tsp
  • Sugar – 1 cup+ 2 tbsp
  • Unsalted Butter – 200 gms @ room temperature
  • Eggs – 4 @ room temperature
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
  • Apricot Jam – 1 Tbsp
  • For Spice Powder
  • Cloves – 2
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Cinnamon – a small piece
  • Nutmeg – a small piece

Plum cake preparation

  1. Soaking of Fruits:
  • Wash and Soak all the dry fruits properly and leave in sunlight a whole day to dry up.
  • Chop washed and dried fruits and nuts and fill in a glass jar.
  • Add brandy/rum in this and keep for 3 weeks. try to soak it for a minimum of 1 week, at least.
  • Shake the jar of soaked fruits once in a while.
  1. Caramel Preparation:
  • Combine ½ cup sugar and 1 tbsp water in a sauce pan.
  • Heat it & let the sugar melt. when the colour of the melted sugar becomes dark brown, remove the pan from fire and add 1/2 cup warm water to this. you need to be very careful at this stage since the water tends to splash and can cause burns.
  • Bring it back to the heat and boil for 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from fire and let it cool completely.
  1. Spice Powder:
  • Grind all the spices with a pinch of sugar, to a fine powder & keep aside.
  1. Cake Preparation:
  • Preheat the oven at 180 C for 10-15 mins, before baking.
  • Drain the soaked fruits and keep aside. Retain 4 tbsp from the drained liquor.
  • Toss the drained fruits in 2 or 3 table spoon of maida (All purpose flour). (This will prevent the fruits from sinking to the bottom of the cake).
  • Sift the plain flour with baking powder and baking soda.
  • Powder the sugar and keep aside.
  • Separate the yolks and white of the eggs.
  • Beat the egg yolks and add the softened butter to it. Beat it until it forms a smooth paste.
  • Add powdered sugar to this, gradually. Beat after every addition.
  • When it becomes swish add vanilla essence and cooled caramel, spice powder and jam. Beat again.
  • Add the sifted flour in two batches.
  • Add the drained liquor. Beat when every addition.
  • Now clean the blades of the blender and wipe neatly. (Not even a drop of water is allowed while beating egg white).
  • Beat egg whites till soft peaks form.
  • Fold the fluffy egg white into the batter very gently. create it two three parts and fold accordingly.
  • Then fold in the soaked and coated fruits. (Do this half very carefully, do not mix for too long, just 2 or 3 folding is enough for the dry fruits just to disappear in the batter).
  • Grease the baking dish and line with baking paper.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tins.
  • Bake in the pre heated oven for 40-45 minutes or till the skewer inserted comes out clean. The baking time can vary depending on the oven and also the size of the tin used.
  • Alcohol free version of plum cakes:

Plum cake

Soak 3 cups of fruits in 1.5 cups of fresh orange juice. Leave it overnight at room temperature  the rest of the recipe is same.

Using this recipe, i have got one weight unit and 350 grams of plum cake. try this lovely and yummy recipe at home this christmas .

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