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Christmas Fruit Cake

by Elcy Yohannan Sankarathil, New York

Ingredients

1. Sugar - 500 Grams (2Cups)+ 1 cup for sugar syrup
2. Eggs - 8 (500 Gms.)
3. Butter- softened - 500 Gms (2 cups).
4. Flour - 500 Gms. (2 Cups)+ 1/3 cup for mixing with the fruits
5. Baking powder - 1 Tsp
6. Baking Soda - Tsp (tea spoon)
7. Allspice- Tsp
    Cardamom - Tsp
    Cinnamon - Tsp
    Nutmeg - Tsp
    Cloves - Tsp
8. Salt - 1/8 Tsp
9. Orange rind Powder - 1 Tsp Or Orange peel blended in orange juice
10. Orange Juice - cup
11. Lemon Juice - 1 Tsp
12. Rum or Brandy - 1/3 + 1/3 cup
13. Caraway seeds - 1 Tsp

14. Fruits
      Tooty-Fruity, Dates - 8 Cups
      Raisins (1/3 cup)
      Dry pineapple (sliced)
       (Mix the fruits with the rum, microwave the mix for 40 Seconds,
         when cooled, mix with the 1/3 c. flour)

15. Cashew nut, or almonds sliced - 1 cup (250 ml. Cup)
16. Vanilla Essence - 1 Tbsp
17. Almond Extract -1/2 Tsp

Directions

In a heated saucepan caramelize the sugar to dark brown bubbly syrup, add cup boiling water, stir the syrup, set aside.

Mix the flour with the baking soda, baking powder, spices, caraway seeds & salt, set aside.

Mix the fruits and nuts with 1/3 cup flour, set aside. (The flour dabbing helps the fruits and nuts distributed evenly rather than settling to the bottom of the cake)

Beat the egg whites with sugar first, then the egg yolks.

In a big mixing bowl beat the softened butter, add the egg-sugar mixture, add all the fluids like brandy/rum, sugar syrup, orange juice, lemon juice, essences, mix well. Add the mixed flour to the mixing bowl, mix well, finally add the fruits- nuts mixture, keep aside for 3045 minutes.

Set the oven at 300 degree F., line two 10 x 5 x 4 (inches l/w/h) pans with buttered paper on the bottom and the sides,( or one bigger rectangular pan instead) pour the mix into the pan, level off the top.

Bake to 1 1 1/4 hrs, see the doneness with a tooth pick come out clean. When the cake is cooled, brush the surface with the 1/3 cup brandy or rum, cover with a cheese cloth, for a couple of days, serve.

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