Monday, February 23, 2009

Rich Plum Cake

Dates - 3 cups

Raisins- 2 cups
Cherries(Preserved in Indian way)- 2 cups
Broken Nuts-2 cups
Orange & Lemon Peel- 1/2 cup
Tutty Fruty - 1 cup
Rum - 1/2 cup
All Purpose Flour/Maida - 2 cups
Powdered Sugar - 3 cups(1 cup for caramalizing the sugar)
Butter - 250 gms
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Eggs - 6
Vanilla Essence - 2 tsp
Salt - a pinch( to adjust the sweetness)
Powdered Spices - 3 tsp(Cardamom,Cloves,Cinnamon,Nutmeg,Dry ginger)
Orange juice - 2 tbsp

Soaking Method:
Chop the fruits fine.Soak them in the alchohol along with nuts and peels and keep in an air tight container for a couple of week.(I soaked for 1 month).
Caramelize 1 cup of Sugar.
It can be done by heating a medium sauce pan with 1 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp of water.Stir in continuosly and use only medium heat.The sugar will melt first,then gradually becomes a molten syrup.As it gets hotter,it’ll turn into a dark colored caramel syrup.Now slowly add 1/2 cup of water and stir well immediately before it crystalizes back.(Be careful while doing it,for it can splash and may cause severe burns.).Stir it well to dissolve completely and allow it to cool.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degree
- Sift the baking powder and flour well, thrice
- Now mix the powdered spices and the soaked fruits to the flour.
- remove the alcohol if theres any, seperately.
- Mix well with a spatula and keep aside.
- Beat butter and powdered sugar till light and fluffy.
- Now add the eggs one at a time to the beaten sugar butter mixture with a teaspoon of flour after each egg.
- Beat well.
- Add the flour mixture alternatively with the cooled caramel and fold in.Remember do not whisk,this can break the fruits.
- 8.Lastly add vanilla essence ,orange juice and 1 tsp of brandy.
- Mix everything well using a wooden spatula preferably to one side.
- Pour it into greased / baking paper coated baking tray
- Bake it in the oven for 45 minutes
- Check by inserting a tooth pick and if it comes out clean ,the cake is done.
- If its not done reduce the heat to 150 degree and bake for another 10- 15 mts or until done
- When the cake is baked,remove and immediately sprinkle 1 tbsp of rum over it.
- This can enhance the flavour and increases its life span.

Thanks goes to:
My Treasure .. My Pleasure

This recipe is dedicated for the EVENT
EFM (Event for the Month) January - Microwave Oven Series! \

This is for the EVENT : TASTE OF MYSORE


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