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Christmas Fruit Cake | Alcohol-Free Recipe

Christmas Fruit Cake | Alcohol-Free Recipe

Christmas fruit cake is a classic holiday dessert. This soft and velvety cake is loaded with raisins, almonds, cashews and walnuts.
Prep Time 20 mins
Baking Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 2 loaves

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp clove powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup apple juice or water
  • 2 cups raisins golden and black raisins (seedless)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts almonds, cashews and walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar granulated
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Instructions
 

  • In a glass bowl, add the golden and black raisins, pour the apple juice and mix. You can also add water instead of apple juice.
  • Cover and allow it to rest overnight or 2 days. By doing this, the raisins will absorb all the fruit juice and plump up.
  • Preheat oven to 180-degree Celcius. Lightly grease a loaf pan (20x10x5 cm). Line it with baking paper.
  • In a bowl, sift in all-purpose flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, ginger powder, cinnamon powder, clove powder and salt. Whisk everything together and keep it aside.
  • In a separate bowl, add butter and beat it with whisk or hand blender for 2 minutes.
  • Then add sugar and beat again until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, continue to beat and scrape down the side after each addition. Pour vanilla essence and fold it in.
  • Then add the dry mixture and fold again with a spatula. Make sure you don’t over mix.
  • Add the soaked raisins along with the leftover juice. Gently fold it in.
  • Add the chopped nuts and fold again.
  • Divide the cake batter into the prepared loaf pans evenly. Or you can also bake two cake one after the other if you have only one pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 180-degree Celcius or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Remove it from oven and allow them to cool down on a wire rack. Once they have cooled down you serve them or you can also store them in the same pan for a few days. Just wrap it with cling or plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator. Or cut them in slices and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

If the fruit cake batter looks really dry then add ¼ cup milk and mix well.
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