Christmas Fruit cake- Eggless and With eggs

 

Fruity Christmas cakes, loaded with tons of chewy- crunchy-sweet-tangy fruits was literally unknown in my house until this blog happened.  Every year kids were treated to the same flavourless,dry, store brought cakes by the visitors at home.I know it sounds a bit rude, but all that juicy , flavorful, REAL fruity cakes I have been baking from past two days has done this to me !

                                                                                   Alcohol free Christmas cake🎅

I have been on a baking and experimenting spree. Baked a real boozy one with the fruits soaked in rum . A non boozy for kids and an alcohol free and egg free one just for experimenting. I must say although the rum one was my absolute favorite, the non alcohol ones didn’t disappoint me at all!! They were more moist because of their sugar content, and the flavours of all spices just shined through in each bite!

Alcohol/ alcohol free fruit cake with eggs

Ingredients:

  • All purpose flour- 1 ½ cups+ additional for coating fruits and nuts
  • Baking powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Brown sugar ( or white granulated)- 1 cup
  • Soaked fruits- 1 ½ cups
  • Roasted and roughly chopped nuts( almonds, cashews, walnuts)- ½ cup
  • Water/orange juice/drained liquid from soaked fruits ( alcohol/fruit juice)- ½ cup (read note)
  • All spice powder *- 1 teaspoon
  • Orange zest- 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh grated ginger- 1 teaspoon
  • Butter- 4 tablespoon
  • Eggs- 2
  • Vanilla essence- 1 teaspoon

*All spice powder can be prepared by roasting 3-4 cloves, 2 small pieces of cinnamon, 3-4 cardamom, small piece of nutmeg. After roasting grind it and use as per requirement.

Note: you can use either fruits soaked in alcohol / fruit juice in this recipe.

For details on soaking dry fruits either for instant use or later use please refer here.

Method:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Grease and line a 9 inch round pan. I have used a bundt pan , some small round tins, one disposable loaf pan just to add some variety.
  • Sift flour and baking soda and keep aside.
  • Drain liquid ( alcohol/fruit juice) and collect soaked fruits in a container. Sprinkle some flour over the fruits, and keep aside.
  • In a thick bottom pan, heat sugar with water/ orange juice. Once the sugar dissolves, add butter, all spice powder, orange zest stir well and switch off the flame . If you want a dark colour in your cake, you need to thoroughly caramalise sugar and not just dissolving as  I have done here.
  • Lightly beat eggs, add vanilla essence and keep aside.
  • Once the butter sugar mixture cools down, add it to the egg mixture, whisk well.
  • Add the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture, mix thoroughly.
  • Lastly fold in fruits and nuts, transfer into baking pan and bake at 160-170 degrees for 1 hour- 1 hour 15 minutes, until tooth pick inserted at the centre comes out clean. Fruity cakes are best baked at low temperatures for longer duration. If the cake starts Browning too fast at the top, then cover it with aluminum foil and continue baking.

Note: Alcohol cakes are bit on the drier side. The best way to relish them is to bake 1-2 weeks ahead, wrap them in cling and store in fridge/ outside if its not too hot to allow the flavours to mature. Meanwhile every day you can brush with little alcohol to get a real moist and flavourful cake.

You can use the drained liquid from fruits in the batter to make it more flavourful.

Egg-free, Alcohol-free Christmas cake

  •  All purpose four- 1 cup
  • Baking soda- ½ teaspoon
  • Baking powder- ½ teaspoon
  • Brown sugar (white granulated )- ½ cup
  • Orange juice- ¾ cup
  • Butter- ¼ cup
  • Orange zest- 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh grated ginger- 1 teaspoon
  • All spice powder-  1 teaspoon
  • Soaked dry fruits ( drain them off their liquid)- 1 ½ cups
  • Roasted nuts- ½ cup

Method:

  • Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  • G rease and line an 8 inch round pan or 7 inch square pan.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda in a container and keep aside.
  • Drain liquid ( fruit juice) and collect soaked fruits in a container. Reserve the liquid to be used in the batter along with orange juice.
  • Sprinkle some flour over the fruits, and keep aside.
  • Mix sugar and orange juice in a pan,add any drained  liquid reserve, switch on the flame .
  • Add butter, all spice powder, orange zest stir well till butter melts and switch off the flame.
  • Once the liquid mixture cools down, add it gradually to the flour mixture, mix well.
  • Lastly fold in soaked dry fruits, roasted nuts and pour the batter into the baking pan.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes at 180 degrees c until the tooth pick inserted at the centre comes out clean.

Here’s wishing all my readers , a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New year!!!

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Hi , I’am Neelima and welcome to my space!! I’am a full time practicing dentist. Cooking had always been my passion, and baking which had started as a fascination is now crossing over to be an obsession.

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