Have you soaked the fruits for the Christmas cake? Before that let me ask you this.. are you planning to make Christmas fruit cake? Then what are you waiting for, go ahead and soak the fruits right away! I’ve been soaking the fruits for a year now, yes you heard it right. As soon as I use one batch I soak the next one, so it’s been resting on my kitchen counter for a year, waiting to be used.
The truth is, most of the time I’ve seen people making faces when fruit cake is offered. Not many people are big fans of it, myself included. So here’s an alternate option for you, Mixed Nuts Cake. If you like nuts, then you’ll enjoy this cake. I should say this cake is loaded with nuts with a subtle lemony flavour. It’s moist and flavourful.
I got this recipe from Australian Women’s Weekly Baking book. This cake is a Greek New Year’s cake called Vasilopita. This recipe is traditionally made with a single coin baked into it, legend having it that the person who is served the slice containing the coin will have good luck in the coming year. Interesting, right? Now I’m not quite sure whether you should insert a coin into it… I remember my brother swallowing a 25 paise coin during his school days and I didn’t see anything “lucky”associated with it ;)
Anyways, coin or no coin, this is a good cake which can be made for Christmas, New Year or just for your evening tea time. Ready to give it a try?