Non-alcoholic Christmas cake with nuts and raisins

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    Christmas Cake Non-Alcoholic

    Traditional Christmas cake

    A Christmas cake is a rich fruit cake covered with marzipan and icing, eaten at Christmas. Traditionally the English people used to fast a day before the Christmas evening. The very next day they used to prepare and plum porridge to line their stomachs after a day of fasting. The plum porridge cake is the traditional Christmas cake recipe.

    Evolution of Christmas cake

    Ever since the human race has existed, they have always experimented and furthered the available. So happened with the cake for Christmas. The addition of spices and dried fruits in the plum porridge converted the porridge into a pudding.

    The original recipe was further modified with the removal of oatmeal and addition of wheat flour, butter, eggs etc. that resulted in a more firm Christmas cake recipe. The richer the family, the richer the ingredients became. Addition of almonds, sugar into the cake was more of a sign of richness.

    Addition of alcohol in the Christmas cake

    Further the introduction of alcohol happened with the cake. These cakes were made in advance, almost two months in advance. Brandy, Whisky, and Rum were poured in the cakes from time to time until Christmas. The process is called “feeding” the cake. This feeding process helps to mature the cake.

    Indian Allahabadi Cake

    In India, a Christmas cake is traditionally a fruit cake with many variants. The most popular variant is Allahabadi cake, which is a traditional Rum Christmas fruit cake. The cake gets its name from Allahabad, a city in Northern side of India.

    This Christmas season, I thought to bake my own Christmas cake rather than buying it from the market. Since I was baking it for my family so I was looking for a Non-alcoholic Christmas Cake recipe without eggs that everyone in the family could enjoy.

    Christmas Cake Sliced

    How to make Christmas cake was a question pounding in my head. Reading recipe for cake became a part of my activity, for a few days, to understand more about the ingredients and process. After a lot of learning, I started thinking about experimenting. Instead of feeding the cake with alcohol for a period of time, I chopped nuts and berries and soaked them in honey and fresh orange juice for 2 months. The experiment succeeded and got a super soft and moist cake. Just like the Eggless chocolate muffins, Eggless chocolate cake, and the American walnut recipe, this recipe became a big hit within my family and friends and is going to excite your family too.

    For folks, who would have missed soaking nuts for 2 months and want to make the cake instantly, they may boil the nuts in a mixture of honey and fresh orange juice till the juice reduces to half. Do not worry, the cake will still delight everyone.

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    Ingredients

    To Soak

    Items Quantity
    Fresh Orange Juice 2 cups
    Nuts (Raisin, Glazed Cherries, Tutti Fruity, Almonds, Cashew nuts, Black Berries) 1 ½ cups
    Honey 1 tsp


    To Caramel Sauce

    Items Quantity
    Sugar 1 cup
    Fresh Cream ½ cup
    Salted Butter 1 tbsp


    To Cake Batter

    Items Quantity
    All-Purpose Flour 1 cup
    Ginger Powder ¼ tsp
    Cinnamon Powder ¼ tsp
    Nutmeg Powder ¼ tsp
    Oil (Flavourless) ½ cup
    Baking Powder ½ tsp
    Baking Soda ½ tsp

    Instructions

    Finely chop all the nuts and berries. Mix with honey and fresh orange juice. Take a glass jar and put the mixture into it. Make sure that all the nuts and berries are soaked well in juice. Cover it with lid and keep it in the refrigerator if you want to soak for a longer time.

    Christmas cake soaked nuts

    I soaked Nuts and berries for 2 months.

    For Caramel sauce, Heat a non-stick pan. Add sugar to it and keep the pan on low to medium flame. Let the sugar dissolve. Once the sugar dissolves, switch off the flame and add fresh cream to it and stir well. Mix it properly. Now keep it again on medium flame and add butter to it and stir it for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame and let it cool down.

    Christmas cake Caramel Sauce

    In a large bowl, take caramel sauce. Add oil, soaked nuts and berries and mix. In a separate bowl, sift all the dry ingredients (Flour, Spices, Baking powder and Baking soda).

    Mix all the dry ingredients with wet ingredients and make a smooth batter. Don’t over mix the batter.

    Christmas cake batter

    Pour this batter into a greased baking tin and tap it once.

    Christmas cake ready for bake

    Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 180 degree. Now bake this batter at the same temperature for about 30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

    Baked Christmas Cake unmoulded

    Once done, take the pan out of the oven and let it cool completely.

    Christmas Cake

     

    Christmas Cake
    Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    8 people 25 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    30 minutes 2 months
    Servings Prep Time
    8 people 25 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    30 minutes 2 months
    Christmas Cake
    Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    8 people 25 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    30 minutes 2 months
    Servings Prep Time
    8 people 25 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    30 minutes 2 months
    Ingredients
    Ingredients to Soak
    Ingredients for Caramel Sauce
    Ingredients for Cake Batter
    Servings: people
    Instructions
    1. Finely chop all the nuts and berries. Mix with honey and fresh orange juice. Take a glass jar and put the mixture into it. Make sure that all the nuts and berries are soaked well in juice. Cover it with lid and keep it in the refrigerator if you want to soak for a longer time. I soaked Nuts and berries for 2 months.
    2. For Caramel sauce, Heat a non-stick pan. Add sugar to it and keep the pan on low to medium flame. Let the sugar dissolve. Once the sugar dissolves, switch off the flame and add fresh cream to it and stir well. Mix it properly. Now keep it again on medium flame and add butter to it and stir it for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame and let it cool down.
    3. In a large bowl, take caramel sauce. Add oil, soaked nuts and berries and mix. In a separate bowl, Sift all the dry ingredients (Flour, Spices, Baking powder and Baking soda). Mix all the dry ingredients with wet ingredients and make a smooth batter. Don’t over mix the batter.
    4. Pour this batter into a greased baking tin and tap it once.
    5. Meanwhile, Preheat the oven at 180 degree. Now bake this batter at the same temperature for about 30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
    6. Once done, take the pan out of the oven and let it cool completely. Slice and serve it.

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