Monday, December 22, 2008

Recipe: Vegan Fruit Cake

Pretty fruity!

1 cup (125 gms) all purpose flour
1/2 cup (100 gms) + 1/2 cup(50gms) sugar
7 tbl spn (100 gms) vegan butter
Spice powder - 2″ cinnamon + 4 green cardamoms + 5 cloves powdered
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 tea spn vanilla extract
1/2 tea spn baking powder
1 tea spn baking soda
2 tbl spns orange marmalade (any mixed fruit jam can be used)
1/4 tea spn salt
(optional)- 3oz rum
Dry fruits -
1/3 cup(50gms) cranberries
1/4 cup(50gms) chopped prunes
1/2 cup(50gms) chopped pecans
1/2 cup(50gms) chopped hazelnuts
1/2 cup(100gm) dried figs

Preheat the oven at 350F for about 10mins.
Take all the dry fruits in a bowl. Melt the vegan butter and add it to the fruits. Mix.
Heat 1/2 cup sugar with 1tbl spn water (optional add 1 ½ oz rum) in a thick bottomed pan till it becomes dark brown in color (caramel. If you burn this, the cake become bitter, so be careful).
Add this to the fruits and mix. When it is cooled a bit, add orange marmalade, orange juice, 1/4 cup sugar and salt, spice mixture, vanilla.

Sieve together flour, baking powder and soda.
Add these dry ingredients to the fruit mixture a little at a time, mixing with a spoon.

Grease a baking dish and pour the batter into it. Bake it at 350F for about 25-30mins or till a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
While cake is cooling mix 1 ½ oz rum with ½ cup water and ¼ to ½ cup sugar and boil to make a simple syrup and burn off some of the alcohol. Poke some holes in the cake with a skewer and pour the syrup over it. Leave out until cool.

(I read another recipe that said to soak the fruit in brandy and red wine for a couple of hours before combining it with the other ingredients. I thought that sounded pretty tasty. I’m pretty sure that traditional fruit cake is pretty saturated in alcohol.)

Thanks Ella for sending these amazing recipes!

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