How to Soak Dry Fruits & Nuts for Christmas Fruit CakeFriday, December 23, 2016
Christmas can't be complete without a rich fruit cake. A rich fruit cake is very moist and delicately flavoured with spices and loaded with all types of dry fruits and nuts. Recipe of a Dry fruits and Nuts cake and an Eggless & butterless version of this fruit cake can be found on my blog, which I posted last year.
peaches, apricots, prunes if you can get hold of these. In nuts, you can use cashewnuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans etc. But make sure you chop all of them into bite size pieces to make a nice bite.
To make a rich fruit cake, there is a strict process you have to follow. Traditionally, Christmas cake is made using dry fruits and nuts that has been soaked in alcohol for at least 3 months or even up to a year. The cake is baked couple of weeks ahead of Christmas. This is to mature the cake which make the cake more rich in taste. After which, you “feed” the cake with the same alcohol that was used for soaking. Feeding the cake ensures the cake taste much better as they age or mature. It is done by making small holes on the top of the cake with a small skewer, then spoon over a few teaspoons of the same alcohol. This is done only once a week and should not exceed more than 3-4 times in total. Else, the cake will be too moist and will crumble. If you are making the cake two or three week ahead of Christmas, then "feed" the cake once for each week, then wrap it in cling wrap, that should be also brushed with alcohol, cover it in 2 layers of foil, keep it in an airtight tin and store in a dark
- Pour the brandy or your choice of alcohol or in orange/apple juice into it till all your dried fruits and nuts are fully drowned. Mix.
- Close the container with a tight lid and keep it in dark place.
- Shake the contents at least every alternate day till you are ready to bake the cake.
- If you notice after few days that the alcohol or juices level have gone down, then pour some more to cover them fully. It's because fruits have absorbed the alcohol, nothing else.