Monday, March 15, 2010

Christmas Fruit Cake

             This has been one  of the best christmas gift last year, to all my loved ones...

Dried fruits such as raisins cranberries almonds hazelnuts prunes, dates soaked in rum for couple of hrs,
                     for best flavour soak it and keep 3 months ahead, which i did .
All purpose flour  2cups
baking powder 1 tsp
butter 2 sticks
icing sugar 2 n half cup
eggs  3
cinnamon powder 1 tsp
ginger powder 1 tsp
nutmeg powder 1 tsp
vanilla essence 1 tsp

Caramel Sauce
sugar  6 tbsp
lemon juice few drops
water 3tbsp

               For the caramel sauce
                                      Add the sugar n water let it heat till the sugar melts and gives a caramel colour to it, do not stir, during the process once the sugar is caramalized  add a few drops of lemon juice to prevent it from crystalizing. Let it cool.
           Mix in the flour with all the dry ingredients and keep aside.
          In a bowl  add in the butter and sugar stir well to a smooth mixture, then add in the egg yolks one at a time,mixing well, then add in the vanilla essence and all the dry ingredients ,In a seperate bowl mix in the egg whites till its stiff and add it to the cake batter lastly add in the dried fruits soaked in the rum and the caramel sauce mix well ,Pre heat the oven to 200 degree and bake for an hour...
   top it with icing sugar for garnish.....
serve with whipped cream.        

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