Saturday, December 29, 2012

Rich Fruit Plum Cake-Christmas Special

Rich fruit plum cake knows as Christmas cake is one of my pleasures during winters.
I had never baked or even thought of baking a plum cake at home. This year as I have already started baking at home then why not a plum cake..oops..Rich Fruit Plum cake
I googled alot and my search ended at Annita's blog where she had literally created a very rich fruit plum cake
Finally I did it
I religiously followed her recipe and the end result was mouth melting yummy cake


INGREDIENTS I USED

Raisins - 1 Cup
Ground Nuts - 1 Cup
Orange and lemon peels cut into small pieces - 1/2 Cup
Tutty Frutty - 1 Cup
Dark Rum or Brandy - 1 Cup ( or as much required for soaking)
Soak all of the above in an air tight container for a week prior to baking




All purpose flour - 2 Cups
Powdered sugar - 2 1/2 cups (1 cup for caramalizing the sugar)
Butter - 250 gms
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Eggs - 6
Vanilla essence - 2 tsp
Salt - a pinch ( to adjust the sweetness)
Powdered spices- 3 tsp. (3 cloves+3 cardamoms+1"Cinnamon+2 Nutmegs+1" Dry Ginger)
Orange Juice - 2 tbsp.


PROCEDURE

1. Caramelize 1 Cup of sugar
Heat a medium sauce pan with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Stir ir continuously on medium heat.
The sugar with melt and then gradually becomes molten syrup. It'll turn golden and then into a dark syrup.Now slowly add 1.2 cup water and stir immediately before it crystalizes back


2 Sift the baking powder salt and flour twice

3. Now mix the powdered spices and soaked fruits to the flour, Mix well and keep aside




4. Beat butter and powdered sugar till light and fluffy

5.Add eggs one at a time to the beaten sugar butter mixture with a teaspoon of flour with each egg and mix well



6. Now add the flour mixture alternatively with the cooled caramel and fold in.Do not whisk as it would break the fruits

 


7.Lastly add vanilla essence, orange juice and 1 tsp brandy. Mix everything well using a spatula




8. Preheat oven at 180c and bake for 40 minutes or until done

check the doneness by putting a skewer or fork



If you're left with excess batter you can make cup cakes out of them



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