Saturday, December 23, 2017

Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe | Non Alcoholic Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake | Kerala Plum Cake | Christmas Fruit Cake | Christmas Special Recipes

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and waiting for the Christmas. When I posted the Traditional Christmas Fruit Cake last year, many of you mailed me asking for the eggless and non-alcoholic version. As promised, I am sharing the easy peasy eggless fruit cake soaked in orange juice. If you forget to soak the dry fruits, then no worries, this recipe requires only one-day soaking. I followed the recipe from here and it came out super awesome. I packed the cake to Jany's office and his teammates really loved it. I am planning to make my next batch tomorrow if everything goes well. Let's see the preparation steps and do check out my other Christmas special recipes too.    
Ingredients: 
For Soaking: 
Mixed fruits - 1 and 1/2 cups(Dry Fruits used - Sultanas, Currents, Raisins, Orange peel, Lemon Peel, Glazed Cherries, Tutti Frutti ) 
Orange Juice/Grape Juice/Apple Juice - 1 cup 
For the Spice Powder: 
Cloves - 2 
Cardamom - 2 
Cinnamon - a small piece 
Nutmeg - a small piece 
For the Cake Batter: 
Plain flour (maida) - 1 and 1/4 Cups 
Whisked Yogurt - 1/2 Cup(Room Temperature) 
Unsalted Butter - 85 gms(softened) 
Brown Sugar - 1 cup 
Hot Milk - 1/4 Cup 
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp 
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp 
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp  
Mixed Nuts - 1/2 Cup(Nuts used- Walnut, Almonds & Cashews)
Method:
1. Soak the dry fruits overnight in orange juice. I used the store bought mixed fruits pack and orange juice. The next day, the dry fruits will absorb the juice and it will plump. 
2. Chop the nuts and keep it aside. Grind the items under 'For the spice powder' finely, measure and use 3/4 tsp. Swift the dry ingredients once or twice.(Flour, baking powder, baking soda and spice powder). Now, beat the brown sugar and softened butter with a manual whisk.
3. When it combines well, add the whisked yoghurt. Along with this add the vanilla essence and mix it all together. 
4. Now, add the hot milk and keep whisking. Sometimes, it may curdle, but don't worry about that and it will be fine after adding flour. I whisked it continuously while adding the hot milk and it did not curdle. Add the flour in parts and incorporate it into the mixture.
5. Drain the dry fruits from the orange juice and coat it with 1 or 2 tblsp flour. Now, add this dry fruits and chopped mixed nuts to the batter. Mix well with a spatula.
6. Line or butter the pan, pour the cake batter and spread it evenly. Preheat the oven @180 degrees and bake for 25 to 45 minutes until it is done. An inserted skewer in the centre should come out clean. Allow it to cool for at least 30 mins in the baking tin before transferring to the wire rack. Cool completely and then slice it.
The yummy and delicious cake is ready to serve. Enjoy it with family and friends.
Points to remember:
  • I have used the store-bought orange juice for soaking and kept it at room temperature. If using homemade orange juice, then soak it by placing in the fridge. Else, it may spoil if the outside temperature goes high. You can use grape juice or apple juice as well.
  • If you want dark coloured plum cake, then caramel should be prepared and added. Refer my traditional Christmas cake for Caramel preparation. 
  • Any combination of dry fruits and nuts can be used. Choose based on the availability.
  • You can also use white sugar for this recipe and the colour of the final cake will be different.
  • Adjust the oven temperature and timing based on your oven. Also, the baking time varies based on the size of the tin used.
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya

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