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Fruit Cake with Brandy Soaked Candied Dry Fruits

13 Jan

Since I am still enjoying my low sugar fruit cake for my evening teas, I think it would be ok to share this recipe past Christmas. I always enjoyed the fruit cakes in Goa till I came to the US and found the cakes way too sugary. I have always wanted to make it but felt it was a tough recipe till I made mine and found out that it just took time. Sharing my fruit cake recipe which has a surprising twist that includes a touch of heavy cream. I know call me crazy πŸ™‚ I got the idea after enjoying many red velvet cakes made by Fresh and Easy. It had a lingering taste of creaminess from the dry milk powder and heavy cream used in the cake. My first attempt using dry milk powder in a cake did not turn out well. I decided to use heavy cream to the fruit cake since it is an intense cake with lots of sugar. You can make it alcoholic by adding brandy after the cake is baked read the foot note. I have added brandy while soaking raisins and candied dry fruits for 3 weeks.

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Serving Size:Β 7 x 11 baking pan

Ingredients:

To make mincemeat or dry fruit mix 3 weeks in advance

2.5 cups of tutti-fruiti / mincemeat

1/2 cup of candied orange rinds

1 cup of whole raisins

3/4 cup of brandy

Mix all the ingredients and keep in an airtight container for 2 to 3 weeks. Stir with a dry spoon every couple of days.

Cake Batter:

2 cups of flour

5 tbsp of heavy cream( optional)

1/2-3/4 cup of sugar

6 eggs

1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp of nutmeg powder

1/8 tsp of clove powder

1/4 cup oil / melted butter

1/2 cup of silvered almonds

1 bag 17oz of halves walnuts

1/2 tsp of baking powder / soda

3 pinches of salt

Directions:

Heat oven to 320F

Beat the egg, sugar, heavy cream, spice mix and salt mixture together. Next add the mincemeat.

After’s slowly add the flour and baking powder to the wet mix.

Spray you baking pan with some oil and pour in the cake batter.

Bake in the middle rack for 1.45 to 2 hrs. Check in between.

Let cool.

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Variations:

Aging your fruit cake with alcohol, then you can click on this link http://www.gratednutmeg.com/?p=4130Β .

To make a darker batter you can make a dark caramel and add to the batter. Follow the link to my Plum Cake Recipe to make the caramel.

You can also watch my quick video to have an idea about how easy and simple it is to make the cake.

 

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63 Responses to “Fruit Cake with Brandy Soaked Candied Dry Fruits”

  1. Divya Deepak Rao January 13, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Looks very delicious Nandini 😊

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

      Thank You so much Divya πŸ™‚

  2. GoughPubs January 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    Looks good! –Donna

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

      Thank You Donna πŸ™‚

  3. The Baptist Bluegrass Belle January 13, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    That looks delicious, I’ll be sure to try it out! I love the Lindt truffles beside it πŸ™‚ you can never go wrong with chocolate!

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

      Yes, you cannot go wrong with creamy Lindt πŸ™‚ Thank You!

  4. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso January 13, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    I love such cakes, with lots of fruits and nuts. This looks so delicious. πŸ™‚

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

      Thank You so much Ronit πŸ™‚

  5. Archana January 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm #

    Yummy Cake! And the video is very helpful!

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

      Thank You Archana so much πŸ™‚

  6. Jim January 13, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

    nom, nom, nom!

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

      Thank You Jim…nom nom it was πŸ™‚

  7. Plectrumm January 13, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    😍
    That looks and sounds simply exquisite! Fruit cake is a fine line between amazing and a mouth full of cardboard like substance. Yours is one I will attempt to make…I can only hope it approaches the quality of yours😍

    Thank you

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

      Thank You so much. You are so right with the “fine line”. I loved fruit cakes but could not handle the once sold in the grocery stores. It was hard to find one that was not dripping with sugar. I now am happy to make my own πŸ™‚

  8. Freda @ Aromatic essence January 13, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

    One of my favorites! Your’s looks lovely, Nandini πŸ™‚

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

      Thank You Freda πŸ™‚

  9. newsandviewsjb January 14, 2017 at 2:26 am #

    Hi Nandini,

    I’m always looking for low sugar or low salt alternatives so I’m so pleased to have this recipe to try. Enjoyed the video too.

    Jackie

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

      Thank You Jackie, I am so happy to hear that πŸ™‚

  10. Garfield Hug January 14, 2017 at 4:51 am #

    Oooh yummy and I almost want to beg for a sliceπŸ˜ƒ

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

      Ok cool…you will get just one slice πŸ™‚

  11. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel January 14, 2017 at 8:43 am #

    Your fruitcake looks so good, Nandini! Thanks for sharing the video.

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

      Thank You so much Mary πŸ™‚

  12. Conversations in Ubers January 14, 2017 at 9:36 am #

    You are so good with your recipes!!! How do you make time to experiment so often? I wish we were neighbors

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

      That would be awesome than I would have a partner in crime :-). Usually when my kids are in school and I need a quite place to do my thinking πŸ™‚

  13. ruthann1 January 14, 2017 at 11:17 am #

    I love the idea of having your low-sugar, brandy-soaked fruit cake for tea every afternoon. I was thinking of having some of my neighborhood women over for tea. What a treat this would Be!

    RuthAnn
    inspiringcuisine.com

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

      Thank You so much RuthAnn…I hope they enjoyed the fruitcake πŸ™‚

  14. fravitch January 14, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    Oh thank you for sharing. I don’t like American way too sugary cake but I don’t know what to make instead of that or how to make. Looks so delicious!! I am going to try πŸ™‚

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

      Thank You so much. It makes me happy to hear that πŸ™‚

  15. Shannon (rumblytumbly.com) January 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

    Wow, what an improvement on plain old fruitcake! Love this post!

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

      Thank You so much Shannon πŸ™‚

  16. SautΓ©ed and Baked January 15, 2017 at 10:43 am #

    Another great recipe! thanks!

  17. valeriedavies January 17, 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    I am an afficionado of fruit cakes, and this looks divine.. will be trying it ,Very intrigued by the idea of using cream…yum, thank you

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

      Thank You Valerie so much. I had the idea to add it to soften the taste from all the preserved fruits. It is totally optional πŸ™‚

  18. Tofino Photography January 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm #

    I was just looking at some Christmas fruit cake today! Love the stuff but I bet yours would taste way better than store bought!

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

      Thank You for the kind comment πŸ™‚

  19. newsandviewsjb January 18, 2017 at 5:49 am #

    Thank you Nandini for your like of my MLK Day post – much appreciated. – Jackie

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

      You are very welcome Jackie. I do my best to catchup with my blogging friends πŸ™‚

  20. foodies2cents January 18, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

    Cake and tea, definitely a great combo.

  21. youthfoodblog January 20, 2017 at 10:30 pm #

    This is so enticing. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nandini January 25, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

      Thank You Chris πŸ™‚

  22. lorieb January 26, 2017 at 7:41 am #

    I made a gluten-free version a few years ago, was delicious. I used dark chocolate and dark cherries.

    • Nandini February 1, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

      Oh Wow!!! Sound very delicious. You got my mouth watering now πŸ™‚

  23. wwwpalfitness January 27, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.

  24. newsandviewsjb February 9, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    Nandini,
    Thanks for your like of my “Winter Storm Chris” post. It’s a little after 5 p.m. eastern time and is still snowing here in Connecticut !
    Jackie

    • mistermaxxx08 February 9, 2017 at 7:54 pm #

      fruit cake is a special dish and the way you did it truly is great for the eyes and mind. a true way to enter the new year. peace and the best

      • Nandini February 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

        Thank You so much πŸ™‚

    • Nandini February 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

      Stay safe Jackie…heard another one is on it’s way. We are having more rain then our dams can handle.

  25. distantsweetcookery February 9, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

    Yummi

    • Nandini February 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

      Thank You πŸ™‚

  26. distantsweetcookery February 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    Thankyou Nadine for like to Tapai Cake ..

    • Nandini February 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

      You are very welcome πŸ™‚

  27. newsandviewsjb February 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    Nandini,

    Thank you for your like of my “Saving K-9 Iko” post.
    You mentioned recently about the excessive rain in Calif. stressing the dams. We’re watching those news reports here on the East Coast.
    I hope you and your family stay safe too.

    Jackie

    • Nandini February 27, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

      Thanks Jackie ..we are safe. The dam situation is much closer to SFO and we are in LA. My prayers are with the people out there that God keeps them all safe.

  28. newsandviewsjb February 26, 2017 at 4:54 am #

    Nandini,
    Thanks for the like on my “PInto Exhibit” article. So thoughtful of you!
    Jackie

    • Nandini February 27, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

      You are very welcome Jackie. Hope you have a great week ahead πŸ™‚

  29. newsandviewsjb March 13, 2017 at 4:03 am #

    Hi Nandini,
    Thank you for the like on my Simsbury Starbucks post – much appreciated.
    Have a beautiful week.
    Jackie

    • Nandini March 13, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

      You too Jackie have a blessed week πŸ™‚

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