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How to Soak Dry Fruits for Christmas Fruit Cake

How to Soak Dry Fruits for Christmas Fruit Cake

Soaking the Dry Fruits for a Rich, Perfect Christmas Fruit Cake.

Few more weeks to go for Christmas. Christmas, the most awaited season has already started ringing at the door steps!! Again it’s going to be another winter and another Christmas. But there is a perfect time for doing some work which we are supposed to do in advance as a part of making the traditional way of Christmas Fruit Cake. This is the ideal time to soak dry fruits in alcohol for getting the delicious Fruit Cake. This time I have decided to make the real traditional Christmas Fruit Cake and Grape Wine. My Homemade Grape Wine is ready for posting, but decided to go for this post first, for giving time for my readers and followers to start the work of soaking dry fruits now itself. Otherwise they will find it difficult because of lack of time.

The traditional way of making Christmas Fruit Cake or Plum Cake is soaking Dry fruits
one or two months in advance of Christmas and making the Fruit cake one week before Christmas. Then brushing and feeding the fruit cake with alcohol for one week. So, this is the perfect time to start your work.. I have done my fruits soaking in rum in the first week of November. But I got little late for editing.. 

I recollect my childhood days now. My mom used to soak dry fruits in rum or whisky in advance of 2 or 3 months. As children, it was really nice time to gather in the kitchen to help her and at the same time start munching those dry fruits from one corner without the attention of our mom!! . She would make two or three fruits cakes at a time. The end products were excellent cakes and it was worth waiting for.. Love to go back to those days..

You all know that fruit cakes are not cheap and also labour intensive. But it’s really worth the effort to make in advance and to serve on Christmas day

People make Fruit Cake even without soaking fruits in rum or brandy!! But, to get its right flavour and taste, one has to soak dry fruits minimum one month in advance. In a couple of days, the fruits will absorb alcohol and the quantity of alcohol you used for soaking will start decreasing.

You may also be interested in some other very essential Christmas recipes like, Palappam or Appam, Vellayappam or Kallappam, Homemade Bread, Chicken Stew, Fish Molee, Black Pepper Chicken Roast, Vegetable Stew, Nadan Beef Ularthiyathu, Nadan Egg Roast etc,.Some Cake recipes also would go well to celebrate Christmas like, Black Forest Cake, Chocolate Banana Cake, Chocolate Pastry etc.,
The candied orange peels I have used here is the leftover of my last years’ fruit cake. I thought to make candied orange peels for this recipe first, but due to lack of time, I decided to go for the left overs. Use dark and light coloured fruits for balancing the colour of your fruit cake.

The alcohol is completely your choice. It acts as a preservative and enhances your fruit cakes’ flavour. Usually we use rum, brandy or dark red wine. If you want a alcohol free fruit cake soak it in wine (see my recipe notes.. ) just for a couple of hours or till it plumps up and drain out the excess wine. I have not yet done like this. Or else, rum extract or rum essence is available in the market, which is almost alcohol free.

I am sure that you all have started planning various things for Christmas. So, let’s welcome Santa after making this Traditional Christmas Cake. Good luck to you all.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Soaking Time: minimum one month.
Resting Time: one month to one year
Author: Seena

So, let’s start cutting dry fruits and soaking in alcohol..

Ingredients for Soaking Dry Fruits for Christmas Fruit Cake:

Here I have used the following dry fruits for making the traditional Christmas Fruit Cake. The quantity I have used of each dry fruit varies between 50 to 150 grams. I have used Candied orange peels and lemon zest ½ tbsp. each.

Walnut (chopped)
Blue berry
Green raisins
Black raisins
Cashew nuts (broken)
Tutti frutti
Glazed red cherries (julienned)
Dates (moist and pitted)
Almonds (soaked, dried and chopped)
Lemon zest
Candied Orange peels
Cacao bean fruit jelly (optional)
Kiwi (chopped)
Dry Orange Zest – few
Dry Lemon Zest – ¾ tbsp.
Rum or Brandy – as required.

How to Soak Dry Fruits in Alcohol for Christmas Rum Cake:

Soak almonds in luke warm water minimum for 30 minutes. Peel off the skin and wipe it with kitchen paper towel. Spread on a paper towel to dry out completely. Chop dates, kiwis and almonds to bite size pieces.

Take a big bowl and transfer all your dry fruits in to it. Mix all your dry fruits with a spoon. Take a clean and dry airtight big glass jar to accommodate your fruits and alcohol. Now transfer these dry fruits to this glass jar. Pour in rum or brandy of your choice. Mix it with a dry wooden spatula. Close the lid and keep it in a cool and dark place of your kitchen.

My Recipe Notes – Tips for the best Christmas Fruit Cake:

> Use only glass jars for soaking dry fruits as alcohol will react with plastic jars or jars of different material.

> You can soak dry fruits in Sherry or in whisky or dark red wine as well. The minimum time duration required for soaking dry fruits is one week to two weeks. 

> The core dry fruits here are raisins. You can use any other dry fruits along with raisins. It’s completely your choice. You can preferably use dry apricots, pistachios, pineapple, figs, cranberries etc. Chop all dry fruits which are bigger in size to bite size pieces.

> You have to stir the dry fruits kept in the jar with rum daily or once in two days with a wooden spatula. It will help the upper layer from drying out.

> The quantity of dry fruits I have used is not exactly I am going to use for my fruit cake. One can use the excess of these soaked dry fruits for mixing in other cakes or cupcakes, muffins or some Christmas goodies.. So you can be generous here while doing this process. This soaked dry fruits can be stored up to one year.

> You should use a clean and dry glass bottle to soak dry fruits. Make sure that you glass bottle is bigger in size as we need to stir the entire stuff once in a couple of days.

Keep this soaked fruits glass jar in a cool, dark and safe place of your kitchen. I have kept it in my kitchen cupboard.

> After soaking, the dry fruits will plump up little by absorbing the alcohol. If you find out that your soaked fruits are getting dry, pour in two or three tablespoons of alcohol.

> Keep stirring this mixture until the day you bake the Christmas Fruit Cake.

> You can refrigerate the excess soaked dry fruits till needed or up to one year. 

> If you want alcohol free fruit cake, soak it in wine just for a couple of hours or till it plumps up and drain out the excess wine. Haha, for me it’s alcohol free..  Don’t you worry.. You can use apple juice or orange juice for light coloured fruit cake and grape juice for getting a dark coloured fruit cake. I have not yet tried this way.

Pictorial of Soaking Dry Fruits for getting the Perfect, Rich, Moist  Christmas Fruit Cake:

Gather all ingredients..

















Keep it in a cool, dark place and use it for making Christmas Fruit Cake.

Happy Soaking.. 



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  • Gerrie (2017-01-03 22:44:07)
    That is an easy and cool way to do it. Super clicks too.
    Seena Koshy (2017-01-21 22:46:57)
    Your words are my inspiration Gerrie.. Thanks a ton.. :)
  • Ria Samuel (2016-11-27 19:01:24)
    I have done my soaking too:)
    Seena Koshy (2016-11-28 00:28:01)
    Great to hear that Ria. Hope you will come here again to pen about the result.. :)
  • beena (2016-11-23 20:07:27)
    Wow superb
    Seena Koshy (2016-11-23 21:45:30)
    Thank you.. :)
  • sneha (2016-11-21 17:09:51)
    This is wonderful. Got the info at right time. I am preparing to make the Cake.
    Seena Koshy (2016-11-21 20:17:31)
    Thanks Sneha.. You are welcome.. I am sure that this way of making Christmas cake would taste awesome.. Keep going.. :)
  • Ritu (2016-11-21 15:44:54)
    This is very important tip for making Christmas Cake. Thanks for sharing
    Seena Koshy (2016-11-21 16:23:13)
    Thanks Ritu.. You are welcome.. :)

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