As Christmas arrives my memory runs down through those beautiful moments of my life where I stayed for so many years, a place where you could hear Christmas tune flowing in the air. Adult and children from different parish would walk down the road singing carols. There would be romance in the air. so nostalgic..... Every household would make sweets and cakes.... The aroma of baking would be everywhere. All the main roads and Gaothans would be decorated and lite up with colourful stars and lights. Food and drink would flow in parties along with the music and dance. More over fun to attend the midnight mass with friends.
One of the must in the menu is the fruit cake. The dry fruits are soaked in alcohol for many weeks before makingthe cake, buy today, I made a cake without eggs and alcohol... with was equally good in taste.
3/4 cup Raisins chopped
1 cup Trutti futti
1/2 cup Red Canned Cherries chopped
1/4 cup Lemon Candy Peels chopped
1/2 cup Cashew nuts chopped
400 ml Orange juice
1/3 cup Honey
3/4 cup Oil
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Soda bicarbonate
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Mix spices powder ( 2 pinches of Cinnamon powder, 2 pinches of Nutmeg powder and 2 pinches of Cloves powder)
1/4 cup Club Soda or Drinking Soda
Pre heat the oven at 160 -180 degrees. Mix all the dry fruits, orange juice and honey and keep it over night in the fridge. Take the soaked dry fruits and drain the juice out. Keep the juice and the dry fruits separately.
Take oil and sugar. Beat it well till both the ingredients are well incooperated. Take the dry fruits and the cashews and mix it. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of the flour into the dry fruits and mix it. Now take a cup of the juice. Add the juice into the oil and sugar mixture little at a time along with the remaining flour, baking powder, soda bicarbonate and salt and beat it. Add the mix spice powder and the dry fruits into the batter and gently fold in the batter. Add in 1/4 cup of the club Soda and gently mix it. Now take 2 mould of 500 grams. Grease the moulds. Add the batter into the mould. Fill in 3/4 of the size of the mould. Bake it for 45 to 50 minutes at 160 - 180 degrees. Insert a tooth pick and check. Cool the cake completely and then slice it.