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Indian cuisine is a riot of colours, flavours, and spices. Every state has its own unique culture- ingrained taste bud. And, to many of us staying within familiar tastes is a sacrosanct act. Of course an occasional trip to a speciality restaurant that serves another fare is ok. But, as a matter of routine ...at home...NO!

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Fruit cake, happy breakfast, and happy new year to all

"I wish all my blogger friends and readers a glorious, peacefilled, and happy 2010.May all that your heart rightfully desires be yours this year."

This being our first new year with Abhi (our baby) , I decided to go all the way out and make a traditional fruit cake. As a general rule, I'm not a regular baker. Somehow the concept of rigid measurements, high calorie ingredients, and my 'sumo wrestler' aka post-pregnancy figure (not that it was better afore) has kept me away from traditional cakes and cookies. I browsed high and low for a easy do-able fruit cake recipe, found a zillion recipes, then made last minute calls to my mom for her kinda cake measurements, gathered chance advice from my aunt who called 2 days ahead to wish us, and finally added my own permutations to them all
Preparations were punctuated by baby needs, oven cleaning (a year since i opened it last) etc. Finally by 2 a.m. new year's morning my cake was ready to be wrapped up in foil soaking in a final slather of whisky till 11 a.m. this morning (9 hours of drunken merriness, huh!). Cake making and pooja room cleaning had me up till 3 a.m. and so decided to sleep in this morning. Was woken up at 9.30 a.m. by my husband who had made a poori (indian fried bread), mixed veggie gravy, and a fruit salad breakfast for me :-). He also took over Abhi's early morning feeding, diaper changing, and patting back to sleep routine
My special breakfast

Ok, now to the cake. True to the footloose chef in me, my cake does not conform to classic ways and procedures...


Chopped dry fruits and nuts - 3 cups (I used dates, apricots, golden raisins, jumbo raisins, walnuts, cashewnuts, prunes)

Orange peel - 1 medium sized orange's rind with the white pith scraped out (cut into small pieces)
Rum (use any spirit you have at hand) - 2 cups

Put everything together in a skillet and toss till warm, and an aroma emanates. Close lid and let stand overnight. In the morning, I placed this in the fridge and let stand for another 10 hrs or so. Bring to room temperature before using in the cake.


Self raising flour - 2 cups
Whole wheat flour -1 cup
Almond meal - 1 cup (1/2 cup of almonds powdered in a coffee grinder or mixie jar)
Baking powder - 1 teaspoon
Packed soft, dark brown sugar - 1 cup
Unsalted butter - 1/2 cup (about 100gms)
Olive oil - 3/4 cup
Egg whites - 5
Powdered mix spices (cardamoms,nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon) - 1 teaspoon
Vanilla essence - 1/2 teaspoon
Warm water - 1 cup
Whisky - 1/2 cup (for the final drizzle)

Sift the flours and baking powder together for even mixing. Toss in the almond meal into the fruit mixture and mix well. Add the flour bit by bit and mix well.

Beat the sugar, butter, and oil together till frothy ( i used an electric hand blender). Add the egg whites and whisk again till soft (the more the merrier). Add the spice powder and vanilla essence. Pour in a cup of warm water. Add the flour and fruit mixture and blend in taking care that no lumps are formed (add in a little by little).

Pour into a cake tin double lined (2 layers) with baking parchment. Preheat the oven at 250° for 15 minutes. Place the cake tin inside and bake at 150° for 1 hour and 5 minutes. Remove from oven and gently ease in a skewer to check if done. Make tiny skewer holes throughout the body of the cake and drizzle in whisky (or any other spirit). Wrap with aluminium foil and allow to mature for about 10 hours.

PS: Don't worry if the cake that comes out of the oven seems very dry (it will be). That liberal splashing in of whisky and allowing the cake to mellow will make it soft.

PS: When I refer to 'cup' I mean any standard tea cup that holds about 200 ml. The said measurements yeilded 2 medium sized cakes ( a loaf tin and a round tin).

My cake is off to participate in the 'Cakes n Cookies' event at Sara's Corner and Contribute your recipes event- Cakes & Cookies on at Indian Vegetarian Kitchen


Tina said...

Fabulous fruit cake dear...

Sushma Mallya said...

beautiful cake slices,and a very nice way to start a brand new year...happy new year to you and your family

Usha said...

The cake looks yum ! Thanks for your wishes and wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year :-)

meeso said...

Cake looks lovely, as does your special breakfast :)

Cham said...

I made fruit cake too... Good one.
Wishing You and Your Family a Happy New Year 2010!

Malar Gandhi said...

Cake looks divine. Breakfast sounds yumm:)

Enjoyed your lovley write-up as usual:) Good to know, your husband helps aorund.

Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.:)

sowmya.s said...

Cake looks yumm..and what a nice way to start the first day of the year...

Pavithra said...

Wow u have wonderful space here.. Loved all the dishes.. keep rocking. Will be again here. Wish you Happy New year.

Yasmeen said...

Best wishes for 2010,dear Dershana.And hugs to the little darling.I love the use of the orange peel ,almonds and spices in the cake,yum!. :D

Padhu said...

Sounds delicious!


Happy new year to you! delicious looking cake!

cedar chest said...

Fruitcake is also the trend here in our house every Holidays! We usually have it during breakfast! I love it! Happy New Year!

Asha said...

Hi D. Happy 2010 and hope your baby's colic gets better. I do remember those days myself. Hugs to you. Yes, I just wanted to disappear and recover without dealing with blogging etc, so I can be back with clear mind. Thanks for understanding! :))

s said...

Looks wonderful!

DEESHA said...

lovely fruit cake, Dershana. New year wish to yu & yr baby

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...cake looks yummy......nice way to celebrate....

Preety said...

cake looks great..nothing is better that something sweet to start a new year

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

yummy yummy cake... perfect with tea!! thanks for sending.

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