It's been some time right? No, this time I wasnt lazy, I was a bit busy. I myself cant believe that I was busy, some of my friends were saying “even Maria is so busy these days, what has the world come to” ;) Looks like it'll be like this for the next few days too…So I thought I'll just drop in and say hi and share this recipe for the traditional Christmas Fruit Cake.
Coming to think of it, I was always a hard core tea cake fan and used to wonder how can somebody like plum cake/fruit cake. It was changed only a few years ago when I baked a fruit cake myself just for the heck of it and I became an instant convert at the first bite itself. But I still don't like the store bought plum cakes that we get back home in Kerala. I think they are overloaded/crowded with raisins. This recipe suits me well, it has fruits but not overpowering the cake portion.
Before going into the details of this recipe, let me ask you something. Did you notice our new look? How's it? Well, if you're thinking I was busy working on the new outfit for MariasMenu, I'm sorry to disappoint you. It's all done by Jose, wait I did my part, actually what I'm good at. Just demanding what I want in the site ;) So if you like it, the credit goes to you know who…me,because the idea is mine right ;) We've added some new pages like Buzz section & (tried & tested). Please check out when time permits, ok?,
So what were we talking about….right, fruit cake. I got this recipe a few months back from my friend Sumi. It's her mom's recipe. I had this when I visited her and I made sure that she mailed me the recipe in a few days :) I made it first with dates, since I was flooded with dates at that time & was very happy with the result. One another thing I'm happy about is the color of the cake. The color of the cake very much depends on the color of the caramel you make. I used to play it safe with caramel and always ended up with golden brown color caramel. But in this recipe, it was specifically stated to make a dark caramel & I decided to let my hair loose. When I tasted the caramel, it had a slight bitter taste and I was worried whether it'll spoil the cake, but nothing like that happened & in fact I'm very happy with the color, texture & almost everything :) Thanks a ton Sumi for sharing your mom's wonderful recipe with me.
Update on 13/12/2011: I've got many queries asking about using fruit juice instead of alcohol. One of the readers, Bindu tried an alcohol free version & she was kind enough to share it here. I've given a alcohol free version update in the end. Also please refer to Bindu's comment below. Thank you so much Bindu!
Please see the picture of Fruit cake made by Anupama Antony, based on the above recipe. Thanks a lot Anupama :)
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Also check out the Christmas Menu.