The festival of joy,happiness and cheer is here.One of my favorite seasons of the year where all over you can see lighted stars and decorated Christmas trees,with the delicate voices of carols playing in the background.As always,I am truly enticed with the cheer and like most people in Chennai,wished it snowed here too.Yes,the climate is so cold and chilly that the newspaper even carried an article asking people what if snowed in Chennai?
Now that would be quite an interesting proposition,wouldn't it?
I almost chose not to bake THE fruit cake this year,because I am so tempted by the Christmas goodies which are available in various hotels,bakeries and pâtisseries.Well,I am getting a goodie basket for myself,but the blog has to be fed the ceremonial fruit cake for Christmas,right?So here's my fruit cake for the year-I chose the recipe from Sankeerthanam,primarily because of the simplicity of the recipe.Kind of like a quick fruit cake,without compromising on the taste.
Do check out my Christmas Cake recipes of last year and year before last's too if you want a different recipe!!I'd especially recommend my last years cake,which I followed from Raaga's blog which,according to me came the closest in taste of the Fruit cake I've had during my childhood years--I am making it for the New Years!!
Eggs - 2
Caramel syrup - made from 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup hot water[method below]
Dry fruits and nuts - 1 cup [ I used a mix of Cashews,Almonds,Walnuts and Tutty fruity,Glace cherries,Dates and Raisins]
Rum - 1/2 cup**
Soak the fruits - Chop the fruits and nuts and soak in the rum in a clean and dry jar for a couple of days,or at least overnight.Shake the jar once in a while.
Preparing the Caramel - Spread the sugar evenly in a thick bottomed pan and switch on the flame.Do not stir,just keep swirling the pan as and when the sugar starts to caramelize.Keep a close eye on it and the moment it reaches a deep,dark brown colour,add the hot water 1 tbsp at a time till you finish all the measured water.Remove to a bowl and let it cool.
Making the cake -
Preheat oven to 170C.
Grease and line an 8 ' round cake tin[I prefer to line the sides and bottom and then grease the baking paper with butter].
Sift together flour,baking soda,salt and garam masala.
*Use only homemade freshly ground garam masala.I am not sure the cake would taste the same with store bought garam masala.If you don't have a ready stock,just grind together 1 cardamom,2-3 cloves & 1' stick cinnamon to a smooth powder.
**If you do not want to use Rum,just substitute with Orange juice,but keep it refrigerated.
Here are some of the best Fruit Cake recipes for the year which I found very,very interesting.
For eggless Fruit Cakes,I'd recommend Anushruti's Eggless Fruit and Nut Cake which I tried last year,also the one she made this year.
Wishing all of you who celebrate a Very Merry Christmas!!!
Christmas Fruit and Nut Cake is of to Suma's Blog anniversary event!!