Thursday, December 22, 2016

Eggless Fruits & Nuts Cake | Eggless Christmas Cake | Christmas Recipe

Christmas Fruits and Nuts cake, after the biryani, christmas cake comes to my mind when i think of christmas. In my childhood, we brought this christmas cake/plum cake from the nearby shop(sugi sweet stall) in our area.It was not a whole cake, they sliced them as pieces  like the commercial modern cake that are available in stores nowadays and wrapped it in the butter paper and placed it in the big tray, i was once a big fan of this cake,whenever i went out with my mom for shopping groceries or vegetables in the evening(Yep,that cake was available only after 4pm and almost it was over by the time 7PM), i pestered her to buy this and it was only 2 rupees then. Don't know whether that sweet stall still making that kind of cake. 
Now coming to today's recipe, i have tried christmas cake twice before and it didn't turned out as expected. Last weekend when i was searching again for christmas cake recipe, found this recipe in joyofbaking, i tried few recipes from her website and it turned absolutely delicious,so without hesitation,make notes of the recipe and i changed few things to our preference and tried it. It was so moist & delicious and i personally like her idea of using loaf pan to bake,so you can slice and wrap them in butter paper for single serving and it reminds me of childhood memories.It's eggless and ready to make cake,no need of soaking,give it a try and let me know how it turns out for you. 

Eggless Christmas Cake

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 1 hr Makes :
Recipe Category: Cake | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cup
Dried fruits & nuts - 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups
Light brown sugar - 3/4 cups
Butter - 1/2 cup
Butter milk - 1 cup
Vanilla Extract - 1/2 tsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
Ginger powder - 1/4 tsp

Take the flour in a large bowl,then add the baking soda,cinnamon & ginger powder and salt in a sieve and sieve it on the flour. Mix it well with the flour and keep aside, now chop the dry fruits and nuts roughly into small pieces (i used black raisins,dates,almond,cashew and walnut) and add into the flour. Mix well such that all the nuts and dried fruits coated well with the flour.  Melt the butter and let it comes to room temperature and then add  the sugar into it.Then add the butter milk and vanilla extract and whisk it well till the sugar dissolves.Add this sugar mixture into the flour and mix it gently. Take the loaf pan, butter it well and dust it with all purpose flour.Transfer the cake mix into the loaf pan and bake it in the preheated oven of 350F for 55 to 60 mins. Remove it from the oven when tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.Mine got ready in 60 mins.Let it cool completely on wire rack before slicing.Delicious Fruits and Nuts cake is ready.
  • Add more dry fruits compared to nuts,it will help to keep the cake moist.
  • You can use any dry fruits and nuts as per your liking.
  • The original recipe calls for 1/4 tsp of cloves and nutmeg powder, but i feel that are overpowering,so skip it, but you can add if you like more spices in your cake.
  • Dont cut the cake when it's warm, there is a chance of crumbling, so let it cool completely on wire rack.
  • If you're worried about the cake sticking at the bottom, you can use parchement paper on the bottom,but mine cake out clean from the pan.

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