Soaking dryfruits for Christmas cake in Rum or Wine ahead of time aid in the best ever Christmas fruits cake. We soak in dry fruits and candied fruits in liquor.
It's December it's the season of Cakes and Bakes. My kitchen smells heavenly since the first day of December. Every alternate day I do some baking and this is like a tradition last six years.
Of course definitely the star of the Season the Christmas Plum Cake is on cards. After I started baking , I always do my homemade plum cake to distribute to friends and family.
This boozy Rich Plum Cake is so rich and decadent with lots of dry fruits and Nuts. Some prep work is definitely needed for the cake. In this post, I will be sharing the traditional way of soaking dry fruits in Rum. I shall also share the alternative nonalcoholic substitute.
Soaking dry fruits for Christmas cake
There is no hard and fast rule on the ingredients added. We can add all our favourite dry fruits . Try adding as per your availability. Soaking dryfruits for Christmas cake is like a tradition I follow every year and I felt like documenting the same as it might help some new bakers.
We usually soak only dry fruits in any alcohol like Rum or Brandy. The dry fruits soak and plump up in the juice of Rum. This is the traditional Christmas fruit soaking.
I always use Rum for soaking dry fruits. We can also use brandy or Wine . For a non alcoholic version Orange or Grape Juice can be used for soaking the dry fruits.
What dry fruits can be added to Christmas cake
We can soak in all possible dry fruits for the Christmas fruit cake. We usually add Raisins, Black currants, Candied orange peel, Candied ginger, Tutti frutti, Cherries. Along with this, we can add any candied fruits or dry fruits.
When to Soak the dry Fruits for Christmas Cake
The soaking time can be from 9 months to 1 day. Worst case you can also soak for 30 mins and microwave for 1 min. It helps the dry fruits to plump up and drink the juice.
However, the main tip is to mix in the dry fruits once every two or three days when soaking for a longer period. You can soak in Rum, Brandy, or Wine. If you do not want to use liquor you can also soak the dry fruits in Orange juice or grape juice.
Traditionally we soak the dry fruits in Rum for the Christmas fruits cake.
Tips for Soaking dry Fruits for Christmas Cake
- Always use only dry fruits for soaking in the liquor. No need to soak nuts.
- Dry fruits will absorb the liquid to which is soaking and plump up. Nuts will not absorb and hence no need of soaking.
- If possible chop the dry fruits into equal-sized pieces and then soak.
- While the dry fruits are soaking, once every two days Mix with a clean spoon.
- You can soak up to a year or even more. More the merrier. But handle it cleanly and keep the fruits mixing once every two days.
- Store in a sterilized container and place it in a warm place.
- If you see the liquor level has reduced after soaking you can add more.
How to soak dry fruits for Christmas cake, Pictorial
1) In a mixing bowl add in 1 lit of Rum
2) To this add in the chopped dry fruits one by one. I am adding in the candied orange peel.
3) Next add in the tutti fruiti.
4) And then add in the Raisins
5) Next add in the candied Ginger
6) Finally adding in the cherries.
7) Mix everything and then transfer it to a sterilized container until use.
Christmas Fruit Cake Recipes in the blog:
How to soak dry fruits for Christmas cake
- 1 Lit Rum
- 100 gms Candied Ginger
- 100 gms Orange Peel
- 200 gms Tutti Frutti
- 100 gms Cherry
- 200 gms Raisins
- In a mixing bowl add in 1 lit of Rum
- To this add in the chopped dry fruits one by one. I am adding in the candied orange peel.
- Next add in the tutti fruity
- And then add in the Raisins
- Next add in the candied Ginger
- Finally adding in the cherries.
- Mix everything and then transfer it to a sterilized container until use.
- Store in a clean sterilized container.
- Handle it clean.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist , the nutrition value provided here is an estimate.It will vary based on the quantity and brands of the products used.