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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Plum Cake/Fruit Cake - A Christmas Cake Recipe

Plum cake is my favourite cake. Back in India my father used to buy Plum cake from Greatest Bakery for X'mas. At my place Greatest Bakery is famous for plum cake. I used to enjoy the whole cake because my sister doesn’t like it much.  Got the recipe here whereas, she referred here and here.


Ingredients
  • All-purpose flour- 1 cup
  • Sugar- 1 cup
  • Butter- 1 stick(at room temperature)
  • Dried fruits (dates, raisins, dried cherries, plums, pears, prunes and apricots) - 1 cup
  • Dried nuts (almonds, cashews and walnuts) - 1/2 cup
  • Eggs-3 (at room temperature)
  • Baking powder-1 tsp
  • Baking soda-1/2 tsp
  • Salt-1/4 tsp
  • Vanillas extract -1 tsp
  • Candied lemon and orange peels- 1tbsp
  • Spice powder (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and dry ginger) - 1 tsp
  • Rum or Brandy- 1/2 cup or grape juice- 1/4 cup and orange juice- 1/4 cup
  • For caramelising
  • Sugar-1/4 cup
  • Water - 1tbsp + 1/2 cup





Method

Chop the dried fruits and soak them in Rum /Brandy or grape and orange juice for a few hours.

Add 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tbsp water in a sauce pan and allow it to boil. Do not stir it. After a few minutes, the sugar syrup changes to a cherry wood coloured caramel. Remove the pan from fire immediately, keep under sink and add 1/4 cup of water to it. Let it cool completely. Add the vanilla essence to it.

Powder the sugar and keep aside.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Sift the flour mixture and add the spice powder to it and mix well.

Separate the egg whites and yolks. Beat the whites until soft peaks are formed and keep aside. Beat the powdered sugar and butter in a mixing bowl till light and fluffy. Now add the egg yolks to it one by one and beat well until the mixture is creamy.

Add the sifted flour and the caramel to it and mix well. Add the beaten egg whites and fold them in gently.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the cake pans with parchment paper and butter and dust them.

Finally add the chopped nuts and the soaked dry fruits to the cake mixture. Fold them gently. Transfer the cake mixture into the greased cake pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a tester inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Cool completely before storing it.

8 comments:

DivyaGCP said...

Perfect cake for the season.. Do link it to the event in my space dear..

Priya R said...

wow nothing like plum cake for Christmas :) you have made it perfect... thanks for linking dear

Julie said...

looks moist & delicious,love plum cakes:)
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Swathi Iyer said...

Beautiful and delicious plum cake.

sara's TASTY BUDS said...

love the colour and happy to follow you . visit me in your spare time.

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Victoria Grant said...

wow... fabulous looking cake…
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Deepali said...

would love to get a bits of this cake... awesome!

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