Friday, January 1, 2010
Celebration with fruit cake
New Years time always puts me in a nostalgic frame of mind. I somehow always remember the good old days when I was young - really young. My dad was a fun loving person. He loved movies, Hindi movies. I have been watching Hindi movies since I was a year old I guess. Every Wednesday (or at least most Wednesdays) we would go to see a Hindi movie in the evening. Those were the days when there was no TV at home and so it used to be an evening to look forward to. During the intermission of the movie, papa would get a cold drink for me. After the movie, sometimes we went to eat chat! Life was so simple and blissful.
So here is to a simple and blissful fruit cake. Enjoy it when you want. It is easy to make though takes long to bake. And this fruit cake celebrates my 1st anniversary in the blog sphere. Again I feel blogging is a simple pleasure of my life and I am glad to be doing it, very therapeutic after a stressful day job. Thanks to everyone who listens to my ramblings here and also provides their thoughts comments. Your words and advise keeps me going.
1 1/2 cups sugar
Soak the candied fruit in orange juice overnight.
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Place a small pan of water in the oven.
Line one loaf pan and 1 small cake pan with aluminium foil. Grease it well.
Mix the flour with baking powder. (this is my 3 yr son's favorite job. I start with more than 2 cups of flour and end up with about 2 cups after he is done mixing/playing/throwing...).
Break the cashews into smaller pieces (this is also a job my son loves, wonder how much of it eats while breaking them)
In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar. (it doesn't have to beaten in a food processor as shown on food TV. Mix well with hand for 5 min).
But the egg whites have to be beaten well as shown on food TV. [This is where you get your family members to help - if you don't have an electric beater. You make it a family project. I do - since I don't have the electric beater and I think we all have loads of fun doing it]
Stir in beaten egg yolks and the soaked fruits and cashew and vanilla essence.
Fold in the flour into the batter. Add the additional juice left over from the soaked fruits, if needed.
Pout the batter into the pans and fill them 2/3 full.
Bake for 1 hr and then cover the cake with aluminum foil and bake for 1 more hours until golden brown.
Check if the cake is done by using the toothpick inserted in the center to check if it comes out clean.
Once baked, let the cake cool for 5 minutes, before diving in...