Hello Friends….. How are you all doing?? Am so busy here :( that I dont get time to look into any of your blogs :( But I wanted to prepare something for this Holiday Season. Somehow found some time over the weekend, got all accessories to prepare the cake and yeah.. I am back to baking after a while…. Yeahh…. I am trying to bring a “Blog-Work” balance :) which I hope to achieve very soon…
Wish you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy and Prosperous New Year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last and not least let me thank my friend, who help me do this post this with his great photographic skills..
Dry Fruits & Nuts Mix -- 1 ½ cups
Rum -- ¼ cup (optional)
All Purpose Flour -- 1½ cup
Baking Powder -- 1½ tsp
Granulated Sugar -- 1½ cup
Butter -- 1 cup
Eggs -- 4
Vanilla Essence -- 1½ tsp
Cinnamon Powder -- ¼ tsp
Cardamom Powder -- ¼ tsp
Nutmeg powder -- ¼ tsp
Cloves Powder -- ¼ tsp
Dry Ginger Powder -- ¼ tsp
Salt -- ¼ tsp
For the caramel:
Granulated Sugar -- ½ cup
Boiling water -- ½ cup
Preparation of the Cake:
Soak the dry fruit and nut mix (I used chopped cashews,almonds,walnuts,raisins,cranberries and dates) in rum for minimum of 24 hours – 3 weeks or more. The more they are soaked the better. You can avoid this step to make it non-alcoholic.
Heat a heavy bottom pan on medium flame. Add the sugar to caramelize along with a teaspoon of water. Do not stir, but rotate your pan to prevent sticking. The sugar will melt first and then turn brown, to a thick syrup. When the syrup turns dark brown, pour in the boiling water. Be careful while handling as the caramel syrup is really hot. Keep on the low flame and stir well until it is well combined and then let it cool. You will have about three-fourth a cup or less of caramel.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour an 8x8 inch or 9 inch pan and keep aside.
Sift together the all purpose flour and baking powder at least 2-3 times.
Now stir in the powdered spices and the drained soaked fruits to 2 –3 tbsp of flour. Mix well with a spatula until the dried fruits are completely coated and keep aside.
Beat butter @ room temperature and powdered sugar, until light and fluffy. I managed to do it with a wooden spatula. It is easy to do it with a mixer. Add the vanilla essence.
Add the eggs, one at a time to this beaten butter-sugar mixture. Mix well. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of flour after adding each egg, in case the batter looks too watery while mixing.
Add the remaining flour to the butter mixture, alternating with caramel syrup. Just fold in the mixture.
Stir in the dried fruits just to combine. Do not over mix.
Pour it into the prepared pan and bake for about an hour or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Mine took 55 min.
Enjoy your cake….