Christmas Fruit Cake without alcohol | Kerala Plum Cake recipe with step by step pictures and instructions. Learn how to make Christmas fruit cake using eggs. Traditional Christmas fruit cakes are prepared by soaking dry fruits in Rum/Wine for long time. I used orange juice as alternative. You can also use grape juice, apple juice etc. I have been browsing through lot of recipes for fruit cake. I tried eggless wheat Christmas fruit cake first and it came out so good. So I wanted to try with eggs. I browsed many recipes and finally adapted the recipe from here.
I made this for Christmas party in my daughter school and everyone liked it. Cake came out so soft and spongy. Choice of mixed fruit and nuts is your choice. I have given some examples of fruits and nuts you can use in notes. Quantity of dried fruits and nuts is also your choice. Nuts make it more rich and delicious. Caramel gives nice flavor and color to the cake.
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How to make Christmas Fruit cake with step by step pictures
Extract fresh orange juice and use 1 cup of orange juice.
Finely chop the dried fruits and nuts. you can use candied orange or lemon peel too.
Soak the dried fruits in orange juice and keep it in fridge till you use them. I soaked previous day and baked next day.
Take sugar for making caramel in pan
Allow it to melt in low to medium flame. It will melt, caramelize and change to brown in colour
Switch off the flame and now add 1/4 cup water and mix. Be careful while adding water.
If it crystallize you can melt in low flame.
Allow it to cool down.
Drain excess juice and add two tbsp of flour to soaked dried fruits.
Mix it nicely and keep it aside
Sieve Maida, baking powder, salt, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder 2-3 time and keep it aside.
Take butter in a bowl
Add sugar to it
Beat it nicely till it is creamy adding vanilla essence
Then add eggs two at a time and beat for 1 minute
Now add the remaining two eggs and cream it nicely
Then add the caramel sauce and mix it nicely.
Now add the sieved flour in batches and mix it without any lumps
Finally add the dried fruits
Mix it nicely till everything is combined.
Grease the baking tin with butter and dust it with flour.
Fill the tin with batter to 3/4th and tap the pan to release air. I filled one mini loaf and one bread tin with this batter.
Add some crushed cashews and walnuts on the top
Preheat the oven to 180°c for ten minutes and bake it the same temperature for 45-50 minutes till toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool them in wire rack and remove the cake from tin.
Dust it with sugar and enjoy the yummy fruit cake.